Easter Island, Chile, South America
the ancient civilization of easter island (rapa nui)
DESTINATION: Easter Island, Chile, South America
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A World Heritage site, Easter Island is not only a place of surreal natural beauty but also a guardian of the mysteries of the Rapanui people, who continue to fascinate the world with its silent but majestic stone Moais. This isolated volcanic island in its oceanic setting combines the beauty of the landscape and its archeological enigmas that fuse together in a captivating and mysterious communion.
4 NIGHTS / 5 DAYS EXCURSION
Complete Program with Private Tours (4 nights / 5 days / 3 days excursion)
Day 1: Full Day Tour: Anakena & Rano Raraku
Starting from Hanga Roa, following the southern costal road, visiting: Vaihu, Akahanga, Rano Raraku, Ahu Tongariki, Te Pito
Kura, Ahu Nau-Nau and the beach of nakena. The passengers have the option of including dinner to the tour, which they
would enjoy at the foot of the volcano Rano Raraku (** including a picnic lunch).
Day 2: Half Day Tour: Akivi
The tour includes visiting Ahu Akivi (the only ahu with moai that gaze towards the ocean), the cavern Te Pahu, the crater
Puna Pau (from which the red scoria rock was obtained, to build the "pukao" or topknots for the moai).
Day 3: Half Day Tour: Orongo
The tour includes visiting the cave Ana Kai Tangata, Ahu Vinapu, the volcano Rano Kau (from where you can enjoy the
beautiful view of Hanga Roa) and the astonishing ceremonial center of Orongo, where the birdman competitions (tangata
manu) took place.
** Return international and domestic flights and airport taxes
** 4 Nights accommodation, including breakfast
** 3 Days excursions
** Return airport transfers
** Travel Insurances and/or Medical Expences
** Meals that are not listed in Tour descriptions
** Entrance to National Park (required to enter Rano Raraku and Orongo)
ABOUT EASTER ISLAND
Ariki (King) Hotu Matu'a crossed the ocean from Hiva (probably the Marquesas Islands) and settled in a new land he called "The navel of the world". Standing in the middle of the Pacific Ocean some 3.700 kms away from continental Chile, Easter Island or Rapa Nui is the world´s most insular island. It is just 166km2 in size and is highest point stands a mere 509m above sea level. Easter Island, home of the most advanced culture in all of Polynesia, is rightly considered to be the world's largest open air archaelogical museum. Rapa Nui welcome you with year-round subtropical temperatures ranging from 18º to 27º C, warm waters and sandy, unspoiled beaches termed "paradisiacal" by visitors.
Easter Island was discovered by dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen on Easter Day (hence the name) 1722, and was anexed by Chile in 1888. Rapa Nui started to welcome tourists in the late 1960s. It soon became one of the world's leading cultural travel destinations , with an average of some 20.000 visitors per year. Tapati Rapa Nui, a festive occasion where ancient rituals events (sports, fishing, arts, dancing, traditional dress) are reenacted, is held in late January and early February.
Rapa Nui, the farthest inhabited island all over the world, saw the arrival of a small group of seamen who developed one of the most extraordinary and unique cultures on Earth at that small and isolated area. Architectural works and and monumental stone sculpture, unparalleled hieroglyphic writing, along with advanced knowledge of engineering and astronomy, are telling the island’s true mystery: the arise and development of a complex culture in extreme isolation.
Isla de Pascua has been designated a World Heritage site, not only because of its overwhelming and exotic beauty but also because it keeps alive the mystery of Rapa Nui culture. The world is still captivated by the magnificent Moais and its traditions. This isolated volcanic island, located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean combines the beauty of its panoramic views with archaeological enigmas that fascinate its visitors. Plenty of activities can be done in the island; horseback riding, scuba, fishing, traditional dances, navigation and gastronomy combined with the amazing archaeological areas.
Rano Raraku, Anakena includes the Ahu Vaihu Temple, located 10 km away from Hanga Roa. The temple consists of a perfectly carved stone platform with 8 Moais and 8 pukaos spread nearby. Continue onto Ahu Akahanga, where the best preserved villages of the island can be visited. Then enjoy a stopover to the amazing Ahu Tongariki with its 15 Moai, the biggest Ahu of the island. Moving on from here, visit the large spherical stone that hailed to be the navel of the world by the Rapa Nuis (Te Pito or Te Henua). Another attraction includes Ahu Nau Nau in Anakena beach, where 5 moais with its pukaos can be seen. Continued travels leads to the Rano Raraku Volcano, where most of the Moais of the island were found. There, you can see almost 400 moais in different stages of construction. At the end of all of this awaits the amazing Anakena beach.
Ahu Vinapu, Puna Pau Tour starts with a visit to Vinapu the meeting point of three Ahus. The first one has 6 fallen red painted Moais, the second one shows a two headed apparently feminine moai and only some stones of what it was the third Ahu can be seen. Then the road leads to Puna Pau Quarry, an archaeological site east of Hanga Roa in a small crater. The Pukaos were carved in this place. Next stop is Ahu Akivi, the first scientifically restored Ahu of the Island in 1960. The platform with 7 moais is one of the few located in the center of the island. All the statues there face the rising sun. Then onto Te Pahu Cave. This place was used as shelter in times of conflict.
Rano Kau, Orongo Tour heading towards the Tahai Archaeological Site, a ceremonial place where one can find the Ahu Vai Uri, Ahu Tahai and Ahu Lo Te Riku. Thereafter you reach Orongo, a ceremonial village. This ancient and magnificent city is located on top of the Rona Kau Volcano. On the rim of the crater there are 50 oval-shaped houses, built with stone slabs and all with a small entrance facing the sea. The most important ceremony of the second period of the island was carried out here: the election of the Tangata Manu (bird-man)
Hanga Roa, Anakena Bike Riding with 18 km of bike riding along the wonderful inner road, surrounded by nature and a semi-tropical weather. Anakena beach invites you to cool down in the refreshing clean water.
Hanga Roa, Ahu Akivi Bike Riding includes a friendly road through Hanga Roa’s typical neighborhoods where you can see how the Rapa Nuis live today. Finish at Ahu Akivi with a great view of the landscape.
Poike Volcano Trekking: The tour starts ascending this impressive volcano. We will walk along Vai a heva. A face sculpted in a stone used by the ancient rapa nuis to collect water. We keep ascending until we reach the summit of Puaka Tiki, the highest place of the area with an amazing view of the center of the island. We begin the descent towards the cave of the virgins, Ana O Keke. In that cave, according to the legend, virgin women were kept to be offered to the future king (Ariki). From this point we finally descend to Taha Taha O Ruhi to have a meal and to rest.Terevaka – Anakena Trekking: From Vaitea we start the ascension to Maunga Terevaka , the highest point of the island, 511 ms over the sea from where all the island can be appraised panoramically with a 360º view. From there we descend to Anakena beach specially known for its white sands and crystalline waters.
Ara O te Moai Trekking: The walk begins in Ara o Te moai following an ancient path used by the Rapa Nuis to transport the Moais. We will be able to see several moais that have collapsed along the trail. Then we ascend to Rano Ranaku ,the moai quarry. From there we will have great views of the crater. The route ends with a walk around the volcano finally arriving to One Makihi, full of natural pools on the rocks.
Volcán RanoKau Trekking: The excursion begins walking along the patrimonial and archaeological coastal route until we reach Mataveri Otai where we can find food crops endemic to the region and the CONAF forestry nursery. The route continues towards Rano Kau volcano, where we ascend to the crater. Inside the crater we will find plenty of native plants and unique petro glyphs.
East Coast – Terevaka: The west coastal route amazes us with its caves, ahes, petro glyphs and different kinds of Hare Vaka (Houseboats). The trip begins visiting the two windowed cave (Ana Kakengay) and continues to the ancient village of houseboats, Ahu te Peu, with their perfect stone carvings. The tour continues towards Puna Pau, a quarry where the reddish pukaos (moai‘s hats) were carved and it ends in the lava tunnels and ancient caves used as shelter by the rapa nuis during the war.
RanoRaraku-Anakena: This expedition begins walking along one of the least explored paths of the island, in the Vinapu area where we can find Ahu Tahira. Its perfection reminds us of Machu Pichu walls. Then we follow the route of the Moais, where we are explained the building process of the colossal Moais. Here we can find the largest Moai found in an Ahu. Finally we arrive to the impressive quarry at Rano Raraku Volcano where the giant statues were carved. Dozens of unfinished moais lay there. The road ends at Anakena beach where we can enjoy its warm waters.
RanoKau – Orongo: In the afternoon we begin this expedition to the town of Ranga Hoa where will be able to see plenty of spectacular Moais. Then we will walk to the Vitare area until we reach the impressive crater of Rano Kao volcano. We also visit the ceremonial village of Orongo with its 50 oval-shaped stone houses. In this place the Tangata Manu and the Bird-Man competitions took place. We end the expedition going down the west hillside of the volcano until we reach the Ana Kai Tangata cave, full of Manutara (swallows) paintings.
Dance Shows: There are three main spectacles: Grupo Polinesia, Grupo Karikari and Grupo Mata Toa.
DIVING EASTER ISLAND
This island is perfect for those who love water. It is famous for its warm waters, excellent visibility and big waves for surfing.