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Easter Island - Itinerary
January 30 - February 2, 2025 

January 30 - February 2, 2025
4 Days / 3 Nights
This tour starts and ends in Santiago de Chile

$3,540 double occupancy
$1,380 optional single supplement
$320 optional post tour night, single or double room
Includes all fees and taxes

The tour may be combined with the Santiago, Patagonia and Atacama Desert tour to Chile (January 30 - February 02, 2025)


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This tour starts in the afternoon of Friday, January 30, 2025 in Santiago de Chile.

Day 1: Arrival in Santiago

If you are combining the Easter Island tour with the mainland Chile tour, we will arrive in Santiago from the Atacama Desert in the evening, and check into the modern airport hotel. At the end of a long day, we'll relax over dinner at the hotel's restaurant.
Meals: Dinner
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Airport, Santiago

Day 2: Rano Kau, Orongo, Ahu Vinapu, Ana Kai Tangata

In the morning, we'll leave Santiago and fly to the far away Easter Island, known as Rapa Nui to the indigenous culture which created the famous, awe-inspiring moai statues. After checking into our Rapa Nui hotel, we'll begin our tour of the island with a drive up the extinct volcano, Rano Kau which affords a view over the entire island, its distinct geological features and the village of Hanga Roa. From there, we will proceed to an outlook with a breathtaking view of Crater Lake before continuing to the ceremonial village of Orongo, where the ancient cult of the birdman competition started. Afterwards, we will drive down to Ahu Vinapu to experience the influence of pre-Inca architects of Easter Island's culture. Our final stop will be the Ana Kai Tangata cave to see the beautiful cave paintings done in red, white, and black. Our evening will conclude with a traditional Umu Ceremony and dinner, which will introduce us to the stories and legends of Easter Island as well as ancestral dances and rituals of the "hombre pájaro," or "birdman" cult.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Hangaroa Ecovillage & Spa, Easter Island

Day 3: South Coast and Anakena Beach

Today, we will drive to Easter Island's south coast to visit the most representative examples of unrestored ahu, the ceremonial platforms: Ahu Vaihu in the bay of Hanga Te'e, and Akahanga, where the legendary king Hotu Matua is buried. We'll then continue to Rano Raraku, a quarry containing almost 900 statues, 397 of which are still lying or standing at the slopes of the extinct volcano, the island's most evocative sight. Afterwards, we'll visit Ahu Tongariki, site of the most recent and largest restoration on the island, with 15 re-erected statues. We'll have a scenic picnic lunch on the beautiful beach of Anakena with its restored ahus of Nau Nau and Ature Huke, while enjoying the soul-stirring view of the Pacific Ocean and palm shaded beach. In the afternoon, we'll continue along the island's east coast, stopping to tour the unrestored Ahu Te Pito Kura, the "Navel of the World," before returning to our hotel in the late afternoon. In the evening, we'll relax over dinner at the hotel's elegant restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Hangaroa Ecovillage & Spa, Easter Island

Day 4: Akivi, Ahu Hanga Poukura, Puna Pau, Tahai

After breakfast, we'll continue touring Rapa Nui, visiting the restored Ahu Akivi with its seven famous moais built in the middle of the island, the only statues that face outwards to the sea: according to legend, these statues represent the seven explorers who were sent to Easter Island by the fabled king Hotu Matua, the founder of the original Rapa Nui community. Afterwards, we will proceed to Ahu Hanga Poukura and then visit the topknot-quarry Puna Pau with its red scoria stone, where all of the massive pukao (topknots) for the statues were made. Our last stop will be the ceremonial site of Tahai with three ahus, restored statues, remains of boathouses, and the only moai statue on the entire island that has eyes. In the afternoon, we'll fly back to Santiago, where we will arrive in the evening, so you can connect with your international flight back home.
Meals: Breakfast

This tour ends at 9:30PM on Sunday, February 02, 2025 in Santiago de Chile Airport (SCL). Please schedule your return flight no earlier than 12:30AM on February 03, 2025. Most flights depart for the US in the early morning hours. Otherwise, it's possible to stay an additional night at an airport hotel.

Itinerary specifics subject to change.