CHILE – EASTER ISLAND EXPERIENCE

Easter Island is one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world. The nearest continental point lies in central Chile at a distance of 3,512 kilometres (2,182 miles) away. It is a special territory of Chile that was annexed in 1888. Administratively, it belongs to the Valparaíso Region and more specifically, is the only commune of the Province Isla de Pascua. According to the census of 2012 census there are about 5,800 residents.

BRIEF ITINERARY:

DAY 1

Welcome to Chile. You will be met by your local Tour Guide and transferred to your Santiago hotel. Afternoon: Leisure time or take an optional excursion.

Accommodation in your Hotel. End of our services for that day.

DAY 2

Pick up from your Santiago hotel and transfer to “Arturo Merino Benitez”Airport for your flight to Easter Island (5 hours approx.).

Welcome to Rapa Nui or “Easter Island”, Chile. Pick up from Easter Island International Airport “Mataveri” and meet your Local Tour Guide at Rapa Nui. At your arrival at Rapa Nui Airport you will be greeted with a traditional flower collar and taken to your hotel.

Check in at your Hotel. After your lunch (Hotel), we will visit the main places, part of the “Birman Cult or Tangata Manu”. Here we will learn about the last great stage of Easter Island before the final evangelization of the Rapa Nui people. The ceremonial village of O’rongo was the scenery where every year the New Birdman or Tangata Manu was invested. We will also visit the central part of the island and appreciate other megaliths highlights of Rapa Nui.

We will visit the following places:

Vinapu: Highlighted archaeological site characterised by the fine work of the ancient builders of Rapa Nui. There are some theories about the construction of this first platform establishing a hypothetical relationship with the Inca construction style.

Ahu Akivi: One of the very few ceremonial platforms not located by the sea. Its seven moais have been restored to their standing position by the archaeologists William Mulloy and Gonzalo Figueroa along with the Rapa Nui community. These moai have the particularity of having astronomical positioning guidance and look towards the setting sun.

Puna Pau: Quarry from where the red volcanic stone was extracted and used for the carving of the Pu Kao or the moai´s hair. In this place we find 23 cylindrical prototypes of Pu Kao at an early stage of carving facilitating the transportation to the ahu. Here you also have a privileged view of Hanga Roa village.

Tahai: Ceremonial Complex restored in 1974 by the American archaeologist Dr. William Mulloy. Tahai embraces three principal ahu from north to south: Ko Te Riku (restored eyes one), Tahai, and Vai Ure. For its proximity to town it’s a popular place for sunset photos.

*Ahu means: “Ceremonial Place” at Rapa Nui language.

Accommodation in your Hotel. End of our services for that day.

Difficulty Level: Easy.

DAY 3

Early breakfast. We will depart from the hotel along the main highway to “Anakena beach”. We will turn to the right towards the south- east coast road. We will observe on the way to “Poike” the rugged rock coast passing by many “Ahu” in ruins . Also we will drive through “Rano Raraku” quarry and “Ahu Tongariki” to finally arrive to the most ancient volcano that was formed on Rapa nui, “Poike”. This magnificent volcano erupted 3 million years ago, therefore, it was the first eruption that formed the island. This means, that it’s the most eroded area found. Conaf (people that were in charge of the national park) tried to reforest it by planting native trees.

We will start our hike and walk along the deforested hill. Oral tradition says that the “Long Ears” or “Hanau E’epe” tribe lived at Poike and that they threw every rock to the ocean, that is why maybe Poike is the only area of the island, without rocks.

The volcano’s crater is called “Pu a Katiki”. It reaches a height of 370 metres and is completely dry with a diameter of 10 to 15 metres. From the north side we are going to see the three small mounts “Maunga Parehe”, “Maunga Vai a Heva” and “Maunga Tea Tea”. We will first pass by “Maunga Vai a Heva” and find a huge head –face carved on a rock which served as rituals alluding to water. We will continue walking now to the north east of the peninsula, and find “Ana o Keke”, the cave where virgin women were kept in order to purify their souls and conserve their white skin. Located on the cliff of Poike this cave is an emblem of Rapa Nui. Popularly known as the “Cave of the Virgins”, we can appreciate petroglyphs that refers to the confinement ceremony of the “Uka Neru” women. We will observe the amazing view of the landscape and deep Blue Ocean, something you will never forget. Box lunch included. Return to our vehicle and back to the hotel.

Accommodation in your Hotel. End of our services for that day.

Difficulty Level: Moderate – High/ Distance: 11 Kilometres (6 Miles) / Altitude: 1.400 feet.

DAY 4

After breakfast we will visit the main tourist circuit where we can comprehend the history of the megalithic culture of Rapat Nui. Here is interpreted everything about the Moai, the emblematic figure of Easter Island. We will also learn about the monarchy social system established in the island between V and XV century.

Our first stop will be at “AKAHANGA VILLAGE”, Located on the southeast coast of the island it is considered as an emblematic place because according to the oral tradition the coloniser king of Rapa Nui Hotu´to Matu´a was buried here. Then, we will continue visiting “RANO RARAKU”. This is the only volcanic cone tuff quarry (the Pilli) existing on the island. This material allowed the construction of the Moai on a larger scale. Here you can find about 400 of them in a different stage of elaboration. It is also one of the most important archaeological sites for the Rapa Nui culture and the main one for the National Park. Then, we will visit AHU TONGARIKI. Located opposite to Rano Raraku this is the larger platform from all of the reconstructed on the island. This altar has fifteen visible standing statues. Lunch at your own in town.

After lunch, we will continue with our excursion. We will visit TE PITO KURA. Here we find the largest moai transported from Rano Raraku quarry. It is 11 meters long and about 90 tons weight. Beside this Ahu platform you can fine the stone called Te Pito ‘o te Henua, formerly known as Tita’a hanga ‘o te henua. Then, we will go and visit AHU NAU NAU, Located in the area of Anakena is undoubtedly one of the most accomplished Ahu of the island because of the refinement of its moai.

Finally, one of the most important places in Easter Island, MORI ONE BEACH ANAKENA. Located in the area of Anakena this beach is characterized by warm turquoise waters and coral sand. It is the main beach of the island and used to be the ancestral residence of the Miru Araki royal family.

Accommodation in your Hotel. End of our services for that day.

Difficulty Level: Easy.

Day 5

Breakfast and then some leisure time to relax or do a nice walk to the village or the beach. Pick up from your Hotel, transfer out to Easter Island airport “Mataveri”. End our Services at Easter Island “Rapa Nui”.

Arrive into Santiago Airport and transfer services without English tour guide to your hotel.

The City of Santiago

Note: The transfer services in Santiago is without Tour Guide services. We can included at requirement.

INCLUDED:

Hotel accommodation on a Bed & breakfast basis.

An experienced professional English-speaking local guides in Easter Island.

*Museum entrance fee at Easter Island.

Certified private transportation for excursions and transfers mentioned at the programme.

Box lunch in Trekking Poike. Mineral water in all the excursions.

Mineral water during the excursions.

Personal Accidents. By law, the company has an insurance policy for each passenger in case of accident. The company’s responsibility is limited to the insurance coverage  amount.

Rapa Nui National Park. This ticket will be required and checked at Rano Raraku and O’rongo Village.

Please Note:

All the Museum in Chile are closed Monday.

The Half Day Excursion on Day 2, will be moved to Day 5 in the morning when flight from Santiago arrives late to Easter Island.

NOT INCLUDED:

Extra Travel Insurance.

Tour Guide in transfer days in Santiago. Tour Guide at additional cost USD $ 40 per transfer services.

Meals like Lunch and Dinner.

Tips for the Staff.

Air fares (We can quote and help in this issue, according your request. Sometimes we can get better rates).

Extra Meals.

Extra Transfers to the town.

Anything not listed in the program.

 

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