Easter Island is a volcanic island of some 67 square miles. It consists mainly of three extinct volcanoes: each at one of the points of this triangular island. Terevaka, the highest at an altitude of 507 meters, forms the bulk of the island with Poike and Rano Kau at the eastern and southern headlands. Along the miles of coastline are the ahus or platforms which host the great moai statues with their arresting presence and brooding faces. We will explore the island and its culture, then relax and respect the tradition of island time.
The next morning a bike ride is in order, so after breakfast we check out our bikes and get oriented to the layout of the town. We can head out of town along the coast and check out Tahai and Tepeu, two of the famous ahus (archeological sites). We may also pop into the museum if there’s time. A picnic is always fun, and lunch at the cave at Ana Te Pahu would be a good location. We could then continue on to Akivi and Puna Pau (more Moai, each in a unique setting!), and coast back to the island’s only village, Hanga Roa.
On one of our excursions, we will head to Anakena Beach at the far end of the island. This small beach is one of only two actual beaches along an otherwise rocky coastline. Weather conditions permitting, you may be able to get into the water for a bit before our barbecue lunch in the shadow of one of the island’s more picturesque moai platforms.
With nearly 800 Moai to observe from bikes, on foot or from our van, we’ll head home with amazing memories of this unique place with its mysterious past.
One of the joys of Easter Island is the way it works its magic on you. No cell phone here, please! An idle hour is an hour well spent (although there are Internet cafes with slow connections when you do feel the need to connect back home). With so many options, combined with the island mood of taking things at your own pace, we offer free time to let you customize your trip to fit your own desires.
One possible option for those who wish additional hiking may be to join our tour leader for a hearty hike up Teravaka, the highest point on the island. This 507 meter (1650 foot) peak offers fantastic views of the surrounding area. Of course, we will feast on delicious island food for our Farewell Dinner, and thank our hosts who have been gracious enough to invite us into their homes.
Note that the Tapati Festival tour in winter 2019 includes the activities listed in the above itinerary, as well as attending cultural events, parties, and soaking in a festive, fun group atmosphere!
Flights between home, Santiago, Chile (or Tahiti) and Easter Island; Meals not included in tour fee; Horseback riding and other options not listed as included; Airport departure taxes; Personal items including: alcoholic beverages, snacks, laundry, and telephone calls.
Note: no visa or other arrival fee is required for US citizen visitors to Chile & Easter Island.
Optional Tour Choices:
Hanns Ebensten Travel
$750 Single Supplement (for solo travelers who wish to enjoy a private bedroom and bathroom)
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Elizabeth Bay NSW
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