Easter Island Escape
Mysteries of Rapa Nui
Easter Island, Isla de Pascua, or Rapa Nui, is one of the most isolated inhabited islands in the world and is an intriguing mystery. The island is located 3,600 km west of continental Chile and 2,075 km east of Pitcairn Island. It was given its name of “Easter” because the first recorded European visit was by Dutch Admiral Jacob Roggeveen on Easter Sunday, 1722. It has an area of 163.6 km² and is most famous for its numerous moai, the stone statues located along the coastline and in the volcanic quarries.
Arrive into mysterious Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui or Isla de Pascua, situated in the south Pacific Ocean and your quest begins.
Full day tour of the Island beginning with a visit to the Moai platforms at Vaihu, Akahanga. Drive around the island, stopping en route to view other platforms before reaching the spectacular Rano Raraku quarry. The unfinished gigantic statues cover the inner and outer slopes of the volcano; in different stages of production. The platform at Ahu Tongariki has been reconstructed to show the original state. It is thought that the Moais were carved mostly between about AD 1100 and 1600 by the ancestors of the Polynesian inhabitants at a time when resources were plentiful, and the population was 10,000-15,000. When Roggeveen and Cook visited in the 18th century, the majority of the statues were still standing but by the mid-19th century, all the statues had been toppled, presumably in inter-clan struggles. Continue to Anakena Beach, where Thor Heyerdahl and his team have re-erected some of the toppled moai. Stop here for a picnic lunch and perhaps a swim. Return to your hotel in the afternoon B L
This morning, visit the archaeological site of Ahu Vinapu, and the Orongo ceremonial village, site of the famous culture. The rocks at Orongo are carved with hundreds of petroglyphs of birdman. The sea birds, especially the frigate bird, became an important symbol for the Rapa Nui. Up until the 1878 the islanders practiced ancient rights and tests of skill. Most famous was the ritual whereby Rapa Nui would scale down the sheer cliffs, swim through shark infested water and then fast on the tiny islets off shore waiting for the first sooty tern to lay her eggs. The winner of the competition had special rights and privileges granted them for the duration of the following year. Walk to the rim of Rano Kau Volcano, for a spectacular view of the giant caldera, with small lakes and marshes dotting the floor of the crater. The outside crater wall drops 1000 feet to the sea. Explore the small caves, which were home to the natives, around the edges of the volcano. Return to your hotel. This afternoon, visit the museum and the market in Hanga Roa B
Farewell to Rapa Nui and its mysteries as you depart Easter Island today. B
|Low Season||High Season|
|Manutara (Standard room)||AUD||650||850||AUD||795||1080|
|Hotel Otai - Superior room||AUD||895||1185|
|Hotel Altiplanico - Superior room||AUD||1120||1785||AUD||1350||2070|
|Boutique Hotel La Perouse||AUD||1185||2030|
High Seasons vary - Manutara (Jan-Feb) Altiplanico (Oct-Dec)
Accommodation with private facilities, Sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary, Airport/hotel transfers - ( all transfers and sightseeing is on share basis with English speaking guide, (Private services on request) Entrance to National Park, Meals as indicated in the itinerary B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, Service charges and taxes.
What's not included
Airfares or Airport taxes, Gratuities, Travel insurance, Any items not mentioned as included
Rates valid till end 2016. Please contact us if you prefer other hotels or private services. Also see Explora Rapa Nui program for another alternative. All prices and itineraries subject to change. Rates not valid for Christmas, New Year or other holidays