DAY 1: HANGA ROA
After a short transfer from Mataveri airport to the hotel, you will have the rest of the day to spend as you please. A visit to the nearby church and village is recommended. Next to the church you will find the local market and museum rich in Rapa Nui artifacts and culture.
DAY 2: MOAIS OF EASTER ISLAND
Today you will learn more about the fascinating history of Rapa Nui and begin the day heading south along the coast. As you travel along the road you will be able to observe the shoreline with black volcanic rocks and the amazing views of the vast Pacific Ocean. Your first stop will be a place known as Hanga Te’e where you will be able to view a variety of toppled Moai (statues) of Ahu Vaihu. From there you will continue on and arrive to Rano Raraku. Subsequently you will make your way to the next highlight, Ahu Tongariki. This is the largest restored Ahu on Easter Island and features 15 moai. Afterwards, you will drive towards the east coast and arrive to Te Pito o Te Henua. This location is considered the “bellybutton” of the world boasting the nearby Ahu Te Pito Kura. Last, but not least you will reach the beach of Anakena known for its beautiful white sand and coconut palm trees. After visiting the nearby restored Ahu Nau Nau you’ll have time for a little rest and refreshing swim in the warm Pacific Ocean.
DAY 3: CEREMONIAL VILLAGE ORONGO & AKIVI
In the morning, you will take a drive up the Rano Kau extinct volcano. From there you will head to the ceremonial village known as Orongo. There, you will learn about its past, culture and the history of the birdman cult. You will also be able to observe a variety of petroglyph images and be able to spot 3 islets situated opposite of the coastline. Afterwards you will drive down the volcano to the Ahu Vinapu that includes an ahu with interesting stonemasonry. Subsequently your last stop of the morning before heading back to the hotel, will be the cave of Ana Kai Tangata where you will find interesting wall paintings. In the afternoon you will travel to Ahu Akivi which features seven re-erected moai situated inland. From there you will continue on to Hanga Poukura; this is an extraordinary ahu site where a number of tumbled moai statues and scattered topknots are located. Next, you will visit the important quarry of Puna Pau that provided the sole source of the red scoria that the Rapa Nui villagers used to carve the Pukaos. For the last visit for the day you will head to the ceremonial site of Tahai boasting 3 ahus, restored statues, remains of boathouses and a boat ramp.
DAY 4: DEPARTURE
You will transfer to the airport in time to board the flight to Santiago or Tahiti.
- 3 overnights with breakfast (Hotel Gomero)
- Meals according itinerary.
- Regular transfers and excursions with English speaking guide.
- Entrance fees.
- In SIB the itinerary sequence may be reversed
- Surplus is charged for Early Transfers in and out. This does apply for flights before 08.00 am and after 18.00 pm