4 days

Easter Island Stopover

Easter Island Stopover

Orongo ceremonial site

Ahu Akivi stone statues

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  • Situated in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Easter Island (Rapa Nui) has long been associated with its most renowned inhabitants – the 'moai'. These stone statues depicting human images stand as sentinels around the island - guardians that are seemingly as timeless as the place itself. On this comprehensive stopover add-on, we spend two full days paying homage to these magnificent archaeological relics and also discover the beauty of Easter Island with its spectacular coastline and palm-fringed beaches. We also enjoy the warm hospitality of the local people, born from a mix of ancient travellers that arrived here from the Polynesian islands and from South America.

    Why we love it

    • Situated in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Easter Island (Rapa Nui) has long been associated with its most renowned inhabitants – the 'moai'.
    • These stone statues depicting human images stand as sentinels around the island - guardians that are seemingly as timeless as the place itself.
    • On this comprehensive stopover add-on, we spend two full days paying homage to these magnificent archaeological relics and also discover the beauty of Easter Island with its spectacular coastline and palm-fringed beaches.
    • Enjoy the warm hospitality of the local people, born from a mix of ancient travellers that arrived here from the Polynesian islands and from South America.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Easter Island - Hanga Roa

    • On arrival at Easter Island's Mataveri Airport you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel in Hanga Roa, the island's main town. Please look for a person at the airport holding up a sign with your name on it. Once you have checked into the hotel the remainder of your first day will be free.
    • Hanga Roa is a small place with 3800 inhabitants, but has excellent facilities such as banks, shops, restaurants and bars. At the port in the middle of town you will be immediately greeted by your first 'moai' - Ahu Tautira. There is much to see and do if free time is available. To the north of town are some scenic spots complete with more 'moai', as well as the Sebastian Englebert Museum of Anthropology - a good place to get acquainted with the Easter Island story.
    • Easter Island is also a great place to go on hikes or hire a mountain bike and go for a ride - you really can't get lost! In the evening you can select from host of eating places, ranging from cafes that sell empanadas to restaurants that serve up some of the island's delicious seafood.
    Hotel Puku Vai or similar

    Day 2 - Easter Island - Hanga Roa

    • After breakfast you will join a guided excursion around Easter Island. The island covers an area of 117 square kilometres, so it quite manageable to see most of the island in a day. You'll leave Hanga Roa and travel along the south coast to Ahu Vaihu, where you will see eight large toppled 'moai' lying face down on the ground.
    • You'll then continue to Rano Raraku, a large volcano also known as 'the nursery of the moai' because the statues around the island were cut from the stones that came from this quarry. Around this area can be found a 21 metre high 'moai' - the largest one ever carved. At Ahu Tongariro, you will be faced with the impressive sight of 15 restored 'moai' right on the coastline. The originals were destroyed by a huge tidal wave in 1960.
    • Along the north coast is Anakena - a beautiful sandy beach with swaying palm trees. However, as with many significant spots on Easter Island, there is a 'moai' nearby standing guard in its own inimitable fashion. (Please note: on your day trip you may be joining travellers who have booked on other tour packages. This is not an exclusive excursion of ours.)
    Hotel Puku Vai or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 3 - Easter Island - Hanga Roa

    • In the morning you will make your way down to Orongo Ceremonial Village, which is set in a dramatic location 400 metres high on a ridge with the ocean on one side and the crater lake of Rano Kau on the other. It contains remnants of art relating to a birdman cult that has been around on the island for centuries. Nearby are a few 'moai' at Ahu Vinapu.
    • In the afternoon you will travel to Akivi and view the seven 'moai' that overlook the site of an ancient village and out west towards the setting sun.
    Hotel Puku Vai or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 4 - Easter Island - Hanga Roa

    • After breakfast you will need to check out of your hotel room. You will then be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. Your trip will finish on arrival at the airport.
    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • Return airport transfers to and from the Peregrine Hotel.
    • Full day tour to Anakena.
    • Visit to Ahu Tongariki, Ahu Te Pitu Kura and Anakena beach.
    • Half day tour to the Ceremonial Villgae of Orongo.
    • Visit to the extinct volvano of Rano Kau.
    • Visit to Seven Moais at Akiv.
    • Accommodation 3 nights comfortable hotel.
    • Meals 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch.

    Not Included

    • Flights to and from Easter Island
    • Airport departure tax
    • Visas where required
    • Meals not included in the itinerary
    • Any optional tours or activities during free time
    • Insurance
    • Laundry
    • Tips and items of a personal nature
  • Map Itinerary

  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    Easter Island Stopover

    Wendy - Australia, 12 Mar, 2012
    5
    Overall Rating

    The trip was very well organised. The Inora Hotel was very comfortable and located in a very pleasant spot but it is a bit far out of town. Perhaps an eye should be kept out for any new hotels of the same standard closer into town.

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Trip Code PSEA4
Start City: Hanga Roa
End City: Hanga Roa
Style: Small Group

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