THE SPIRIT OF EASTER ISLAND
Cultural tour of Chile

Easter Island (or Rapa Nui) is one of the world’s greatest and most remote archaeological sites. The nearest inhabited island is tiny Pitcairn, over 1200 miles to the west. Rapa Nui is almost 2500 miles from the coast of South America and, in the other direction, it is 2000 miles to Tahiti. Its isolation is one of the key factors affecting the culture that evolved here. From what we know of the material culture, language, and customs, it seems that the original settlers came from either the Marquesas Islands or from Mangareva around AD 400-600. The hardy Polynesians who found Rapa Nui came prepared to stay. They brought tools and food, and plants and animals to begin a new life. But the island they found is not a typical Polynesian paradise: it is out of the tropics, and has neither rivers nor protective reefs. But, although small (Rapa Nui is a mere 66 square miles), it had a forest of large palms and other trees, and craters held drinking water. Obsidian was available for tools and weapons as well as easily worked lapilli tuff—the perfect material for making statues. The island is of course best known for the giant stone monoliths, known as Moai, that dot the coastline. The early settlers called the island "Te Pito O Te Henua" (Navel of The World). Admiral Roggeveen, who came upon the island on Easter Day in 1722, named it Easter Island.

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Tour Information
Tour Duration : 04 days
Min. Tour Size : 02 persons
Avg. Tour Size : 22 persons
Includes international air
Tour Price (from) : US$
Day 01: Arrive the Easter Island
Day 02: Easter Island
(B, BL)
Day 03: Easter Island
(B)
Day 04: Depart Easter Island
(B)
B=Breakfast, BL=BoxLunch, D=Dinner

Day 01: Arrive the Easter Island

We are warmly received at the airport Mataveri and subsequently transferred to our hotel.
Overnight: Hotel Otai or Hotel Taha Tai, Easter Island (3 nights)

Day 02: Easter Island

This morning we head to the south coast and visit representative examples of not restored platforms, Ahus Vaihu in the bay of Hanga Te’e and Akahanga, where supposedly the famous King Hotu Matua was buried. Proceed to Rano Raraku, quarry of almost 900 stone statues, 397 of them still lying or standing at the slopes of the extinct volcano.  Next stop is Ahu Tongariki (restored with 15 moais), the most recent restoration on the island.   Continue driving to the east coast and visit Ahu Te Pito Kura and the “Navel of the World”. Last but not least visit the beach of Anakena with its restored Ahus Nau Nau and Ature Huke.   Here we will have the opportunity to swim in the Pacific Ocean. (B, BL)

Day 03: Easter Island

Today’s tour starts with a drive up to the extinct volcano Rano Kau, appreciate on the way a view over the whole island and see its distinct geological features, proceed to an outlook at the crater-lake. Afterwards drive to the ceremonial village of Orongo, where we see the spectacular petroglyphs related to this culture, enjoy the breathtaking view towards the 3 islets Motu Nui, Motu Iti and Motu Kao Kao opposite the coast. Drive down again to Ahu Vinapu (not restored) and for some still proof of the influence of pre-inca architects in Easter Island culture. Last stop is Ana Kai Tangata cave with its paintings.
In the afternoon we visit Ahu Akivi with 7 moais, built in the middle of the island.  Legend has it that these statues are representing the 7 explorers who were sent to Rapa Nui by King Hotu Matua. Proceed to Ahu Hanga Poukura to visit the quarry of Puna Pau with its red scoria stone, where all the pukaos were made. We will also visit the ceremonial site of Tahai with 3 ahus and restored statues, remains of boathouses, a boat-ramp and other features. (B)

Day 04: Depart Easter Island

Transfer from the hotel to the airport Mataveri for your departure flight out. (B)

B=Breakfast, BL=BoxLunch, D=Dinner

Departure Dates
English Speaking Departures (Please contact us for information on French, German, Italian and Spanish speaking departures).

2017

Every day except Tuesday

2018

Every day except Tuesday

Tour Price

We accept payment in US $ (US Dollars), CA $ (Canadian Dollars) or equivalent EURO (for clients outside North America). Bestway Tours & Safaris offers conversion rate protection. Once full payment has been received, and no modification has been made to the tour itinerary, we will honour that rate. For complete payment procedures, please click here

Departure(s) Per Person on Twin Sharing Single Room Supplement
2017
Using Hotel Otai US$ 800 US$ 180
Using Taha Tai Hotel US$ 915 US$ 300
2018
Using Hotel Otai US$ 850 US$ 195
Using Taha Tai Hotel US$ 915 US$ 300


Notes

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Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • Accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • 4 Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, BL=BoxLunch)
  • All sightseeing and transfers on seat-in-coach basis
  • Services of local English speaking guides
  • Entrance fees to museums and sites included in the itinerary
Not Included
  • International airfares
  • Domestic airfares (within tour itinerary Santiago de Chile/Easter Island/Santiago de Chile from US$ 900)
  • Insurance/visas
  • Tips/gratuities

Estimated International Airfare (International airfare is NOT included in this tour)

CANADA(West Coast)
US$ 1400

USA(West Coast)
US$ 1400

CANADA(East Coast)
US$ 1300

USA(East Coast)
US$ 1300

Participants

This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and average tour size of 22 participants

Customised Itinerary

If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.

Contact Info
You may e-mail us at bestway@bestway.com or call 1-604-264-7378. Residents of U.S.A./Canada may call us toll free at 1-800-663-0844.