Easter Island - Chile's Polynesian Paradise
You asked for a few days in Easter Island aka Rapa Nui. So we've added it to our menu of essential extras for Antarctic travelers. Chile's Polynesian paradise is dotted with moai - large, heavy, carved stone talismans. The mystery of their making and placement has fascinated archaeologists and adventurers for centuries.
The island, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is reached by a flight from Santiago, the capital of Chile. The country administers the isolated island, which lies 3,510 km (2,180 miles) west of Chile in the Pacific Ocean.
Day 1 - You'll be greeted at Mataveri Airport with a traditional flower lei, then transfered to a hotel in HangaRoa.
Day 2 - The moais of Easter Island - stones sculptures that have fascinated humankind for centuries - were carved between 1250 and 1500 CE. This morning you delve into the mystery of the massive stone statues as you tour AhTongarik, RanoRaraku, and AhAkivi. At the end of your tour you can choose to participate in the optional scholarly immersion into the subject of moais at the Father Sebastien Englert Museum.
Day 3 - A hike to the most unspoiled northern coast, stopping at ancient dwelling and ceremonial sites - AhuTePeu, Maitkite moa and the Make Make cave rock carvings. The relaxing 4-hour hike ends at Anakena Beach - for sunbathing and swimming in the torquoise water of the South Pacific.
Day 4 - Relax in HangaRoa. Visit the handifcraft market or take an optaionl diving tour, horseback ride or do absolutely nothing.
Day 5 - Depart for home.
Included in the price:
- 4 nights of hostel accommodation with continental breakfast daily
- Activities per the itinerary
- Transfers per the itinerary
- Lei greeting on arrival at the airport
Price does not include:
- Any airfare
- Airport taxes
- Services, transfers and admissions not mentioned in the itinerary
- Alcoholic drinks
- Single occupancy
- Personal expenses
- Medical insurance