EASTER ISLAND:





Day 1: SANTIAGO - EASTER ISLAND 
Transfer from the hotel to the airport to take the flight to Easter Island.Reception at the Mataveri’s airport and transfer to the hotel.Lodging at selected hotel.

 

Day 2: SOUTH COAST (Full Day). Highlights: Akahanga - Rano Raraku – Tongariki – costa La Perouse – Te Pito Kura – Anakena – Ahu Nau Nau

 Departing from Hanga Roa's town in the morning, going to the southeast and northeast coast of the Island visiting the Ahu Akahanga, the also called as the "platform of the king". The legend tells that Hotu Matua'a's tomb is near this place. There, we will find 4 platforms, 12 Moais, 8 Pukao and towards the interior of this Ahu; it is possible to see the best preserved village of the island.We will continue our excursion to the volcano and quarry Rano Raraku, where there was carved most of the moais of the island using the volcanic rock of its hillsides. There are an estimated number of 400 moais in several stages of carved.Later, we will go to Ahu Tongariki, with 15 moais being the biggest Ahu of the island. Then, we will meet Ahu Te Pito Kura, which possesses the highest statue of the island raised in an Ahu, the moai Paro (10 meters of height and 85 tons with a Pukao of 11,5 tons). Close to this ceremonial temple is the great spherical stone that is identified as the center of the universe (Te Pito o Te Henua), as the legend tells, it was brought to the island by Hotu Matua'a in his craft.Later, we will arrive to Ahu Nau Nau, temple of a complex construction due to its different levels where we will find 5 Moais with Pukao. There, we will see petroglyphs in the backs of the statues. To finish our adventure, we will go to Anakena's wonderful beach. It is a beach of white sands chosen for the arrival of the Ariki Hotu Matua'a and his sister Avareipua. Anakena corresponds to the name of a small cave of an adjacent gully.Return to the populated Hanga Roa.Lodging at selected hotel.

 

Day 3: a.m. ORONGO – VINAPU & p.m. WEST COAST:Highlights: Ana Kai Tangata – Rano Kau – Orongo – Vinapu & Puna Pau – Akivi – Te Pahu – Tahai.

We initiate the tour from Hanga Roa's settlement visiting the cave of Ana Kai Tangata, whose walls contain representations of Manutara (sea swallow), the sacred bird of Rapanui. Then, we will go to Orongo's ceremonial city, ancient ceremonial city located in the west summit of the volcano Rano Kau. It is composed by approximately 53 houses of elliptical shape with flagstone walls and a small square access looking at the sea. In this place were realized the most important ceremony of the second period of the island, the Tangata Manu (“the bird man”). It was carried out until approximately 150 years ago, with the arrival of the first Christian missionaries. On going through our tour will arrive to Ahu Vinapu. It was used for the islanders in the year 1.200 A.C. it includes 3 Ahu. The first has 6 moais demolished and painted of red color. The second one has a supposedly feminine moai which had two heads. Finally, the third and the most ancient Ahu has only removed stones. 
p.m. WEST COAST.We start our tour in the quarry of Puna Pau, archaeological site to the east of Hanga Roa. It is a small crater of red dross, from where were obtained the Pukao or hats with which were crowned the moais. Along its antique exit way, there are some incomplete and abandoned moais. We will go on our tour towards Ahu Akivi. The platform with 7 moais is characterized for being one of the few ones located in the center of the island, with its statues facing the rising sun. According the legend, these 7 moais would represent 7 exploratory young men sent before Hotu Matua'a's arrival to investigate the island. Our adventure takes to us to the cavern of Te Pahu, a place used as housing and as temporary refuge in war times. Then, we will return to Hanga Roa, total duration.Lodging selected hotel.

 

Day 4: HANGA ROA CITY TOUR.

Half day excursion, will visit the handicraft market, where there are many representations of the culture of Rapa Nui as woodcarvings and shells. Then visit the Archaeological Museum, the Catholic Church, Market and Civic Center, with rock paintings found within.

 

Day 5: EASTER ISLAND – SANTIAGO.
Transfer from the hotel to the airport.











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