Rapa Nui Island Discovery
4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS
Departs Daily (subject to flight schedule)
Day 1 - Easter Island
Reception at Mataveri Airport and transfer to the Hotel. Overnight.
Overnight: Hotel Altiplanico Rapa Nui
Day 2 - Easter Island
Tongariki, Rano Raraku & Anakena:
Visit the ruins of the temple of Akahanga, where the hats of the moai are the outstanding feature; they lie where they fell when the platform was destroyed. Continue to the volcano of Rano Raraku, where all the moais on the island were carved out of the rock. Climb to the edge of the crater of the volcano to appreciate the small lake inside and moais scattered about the inner slopes in various stages of construction. Continue to Ahu Tongariki, where many of the huge moais were toppled by a large “seaquake” in 1960. Finally, the tour ends at Anakena beach with its two beautiful Ahu. Time for a bathe in the sea before returning to Hanga Roa in the afternoon. Overnight.
Overnight: Hotel Altiplanico Rapa Nui (B/L)
Day 3 - Easter Island
AM: Exc. Rano Kau, Orongo & Vinapu:
The tour starts visiting Vinapu. Next, continue to Rano Kau, which was the second of the three main volcanoes to erupt about 2.5 million years ago. It has a height of 310m and a huge crater of 1.6km in diameter and a fresh water lagoon 11m deep. Next to the volcano is the ancient ceremonial city of Orongo, where the greatest concentration of petroglyphs exists. There are pictures of the Tangata Manu birdman.
PM: Ahu Akivi & Puna Pau:
Ahu Akivi is the archaeological centre of the Roihi sector and was the first site to be properly restored in the 1960’s. It is a ceremonial site, which is particularly interesting not only because of its location (in the centre of the island) but also because of the legends which surround the Seven Moai which are situated on the platform or Ahu. The tour also visits Puna Pau, to the east of the town of Hanga Roa, which is situated in a small crater of red stone. This is where the “pukao” or hats (topknots) which crowned the moais were made. On the way, it is possible to see the path where they were transported, including some examples of the Pukao which have fallen by the wayside. Return to the Hotel and overnight.
Overnight: Hotel Altiplanico Rapa Nui (B)
Day 4 - Easter Island
Breakfast at Hotel. At the agreed time, transfer to Mataveri Airport to take your onward flight.
- Return airport transfer
- 3 nights accommodation with meals indicated as per itinerary
- Two half-day and one full-day excursion with English speaking guides
- National Park entrance fees
Total price per person (Twin Share) from AUD $1950.00
*Single traveller pricing available on request.
**Public Holiday Surcharges apply
The staff and crew were excellent and all worked hard to make the trip an experience to remember.Karen Bonthrone, UK - Weddell Sea and Antarctic Explorer, February 2016
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