4 day Escorted itinerary

Easter Island Tour

Giant statues and unsolved mysteries

One of the world's most famous yet least visited archaeological sites and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Easter Island or Rapa Nui to the locals, holds a very special mystery and magic. The most remote yet still inhabited island in the world, sat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, some five hours by plane off the coast of Chile.

The island's mystery lays in the origin of the hundreds of giant Moai statues which are scattered across the island. Questions yet to be answered are, who built these statues? Why did they build them? Why are they positioned where they are? Not knowing the answers to these questions is one of the reasons why the island is so mysterious and intriguing.

Spend 4 days exploring the island, seeing its spectacular sights and creating your own questions and answers.

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  • Moai mystical statues
  • Fascinating Rapa Nui civilisation
  • Volcanoes and fresh water lakes

Sample Itinerary Summary

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Duration
4 days
Destination Breakdown
Options
Private or Group basis, Escorted or Self-Guided
Included
  • English speaking local guide.
  • All entrance fees as appropriate.
  • Air-conditioned transportation.
  • Accommodation listed (subject to change) with private facilities.
  • Meals included as detailed.
Not included
  • International and domestic flights.
  • Optional excursions.
  • Tips for the guide and driver.

Itinerary Breakdown

Meet on arrival at Mataveri airport and transfer to your hotel for three nights. The rest of your day is at leisure.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Hotel Otai or similar

Full day island excursion with picnic on Anakena beach. Firstly drive to the south coast and visit examples of not restored platforms, Ahus Vaihu in the bay of Hange Te’e and Akahanga, where supposedly the famous king Hotu Matua was buried. Carry onto the extinct volcano Rano Raraku and see the quarry of almost 900 stone statues, 397 of them still lying or standing at the slopes of the volcano with a crate lake. You can hike to the top of the volcano for a spectacular view of Rano Raraku’s gorgeous fresh water lake.

Next visit Ahu Tongariki which has been beautifully restored with 15 Moais. You will then take a short drive to the eastcoast and visit Ahu Te Pito Kura and the “Navel of the World”.

Last but not least visit the beach of Anakena here you will have there opportunity to enjoy the warm Pacific Ocean.
Return back to hotel.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Hotel Otai or similar

After breakfast enjoy a half day excursion to the extinct volcano Rano Kau. On the way appreciate the spectacular view over the whole island and see its distinct geographical features like the crater lake.

Afterwards drive to the ceremonial village of Orongo, this is where the birdman competition took place and you can see the petroglyphs related to this culture. Here you can enjoy the view towards the 3 islets Motu Nui, Motu Iti and Motu Kao Kao opposite the coast. Drive down to Ahu Vinapu which is not restored for some still proof of the influence of pre-inca architects in Easter Island culture. Last stop is Ana Kai Tangata cave with paintings.

Next you have another excursion where you will drive to Ahu Akivi with 7 Moais, built in the middle of the island. The legend tells us that these statues are representing the 7 explorers who were sent to Rapa Nui by the kind Hotu Matua. You will then go on to visit the unrestored Ahu Hanga Poukura before visiting the ceremonial site of Tahai with 3 Ahus and restored statues, remains of boathouses, a boat ramp and other features. Here you will also see the only statue with eyes.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Hotel Otai or similar

At leisure, before being transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Points of Interest