Chile: Easter Island (6 days)
Easter Island can be experienced as an extension option to a adventure in Chile.
2017 Departures Dates and Costs
Daily departures based on 2 or more persons.
Tour Cost: $ 1,395 USD per person based on twin share
Airfare to and from Easter island addition, however flights can be included in conjunction with international tickets
DAY 1 SANTIAGO/EASTER ISLAND (B)
Morning flight to Easter Island. Upon arrival you be met with a reception at the Mataveri Airport and later transferred to the Altiplanico Hotel for 4 nights.
DAY 2 MOAI ROUTE/ANAKENA BEACH (B,BL)
Breakfast at the hotel. A full day tour, along the Moai route, visiting Vaihu, a place which is surrounded by enormous statues which have fallen face down; the ruins of Akahanga, which are in their natural condition and where the first king of the island was buried. We will see the Rano Raraku volcano, and at the base of Poike, which is the most spectacular crater in the zone and where the former island-people carved the giant statues from the volcano's quarry.
Here we can see the different stages in the construction of the Moais, the biggest of which still remains at the base of the quarry and which is more than 20m long and weighs just under 200 tons. We carry on towards the beautiful beach of Anakena, where we will see Ahu Tongariki, which was the biggest of the 15 Moais on the island. They weighed an average of 50 tons and were destroyed by a tidal wave in 1960. Box lunch and free time to enjoy the warm sea waters. In the afternoon, return to the hotel.
DAY 3 HALF-DAY RANO KAO VOLCANO/ORONGO (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. A half-day tour to Orongo, visiting the Rano Kao volcano, whose deep crater of lush vegetation contains a large fresh water lake covered with totora. From there, we will continue onto the Cultural Centre of Orongo, situated at the top of the crater at over 300m above sea level and where year after year the Bird Man or Tangata Manu ceremony takes place. We can see more than 100 petroglyphs which represent the Make-Make God and the Manutara seabird amongst others. Next, we will proceed to Ana Kai Tangata. Then we will visit Ahu Vinapu, where the interesting architectural style reminds you of the Inca's handiwork. This is due to the perfection of the cuts and location of the stones. Return to the hotel.
DAY 4 HALF-DAY AHU AKIVI (B)
Breakfast at the Hotel. Half-day excursion, visiting Ahu Akivi, the big platform, which is composed of 7 Moais, all of them facing the sea, the Ana Tepahu caverns, the quarry of Puna Pau, where the top part of the Moais were sculpted, and Ahu Tahai. Return to the hotel.
DAY 5 RETURN TO SANTIAGO (B)
Morning at leisure. Tours can be booked locally if you wish. Transfer to airport for your return to Santiago and overnight at the Holiday Inn Airport hotel.
DAY 6 Departure (B)
Onward to your next journey or home.