Take in the faraway feel of one of the world’s most remote populated islands and ponder the magic and mystery of the moai monoliths that weigh up to 50 tonnes.. Learn about the heritage of the Rapa Nui people, the island’s native Polynesians.. 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.. There is plenty of free time to stroll along Hanga Roa’s main strip, sample the delicious local seafood or explore the island by bicycle.
Journey to enigmatic Easter Island and be forever changed by the remote beauty and fascinating folklore of ‘Rapa Nui’. This unforgettable trip allows plenty of time to stand in awe and admire the many stone moai that have made this mystical island so famous. As the trade winds blow, view remnants of the past at ancient ceremonial sites and villages, as well as rock art depicting strange deities. For a dose of natural beauty, be blown away by the scale of a dramatic volcanic crater and uninterrupted views over the horizon. Rich in iconic legends, unique landscapes and blazing sunsets, this is an enthralling encounter of a lifetime.
Breakfast Included: 3 Lunches Included: 1 Dinner Included:
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. 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.
After breakfast, you will join other travellers on a guided excursion around Easter Island. The island covers an area of 117 square kilometres, so it is 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.
In the morning you will join other travellers on a visit 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.
Your Short Break Adventure will come to an end today after breakfast. You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. Please ensure we are advised of your flight details when booking your Easter Island experience.