The remote location and stark but stunning landscape offer an interesting mix of activities and wondrous natural attractions on this gay adventure tour on Easter Island. Hike and bike around the island from volcanic heights to ocean shores and visit its many Moai statues.
For the truly adventurous, we offer an in-depth exploration of Easter Island. This far flung island in the South Pacific is a great destination for a hike-bike-relax vacation. Over 2000 miles from the nearest population center, Easter Island has long attracted and intrigued visitors with its iconic giant moai statues. But this remote island with its quirky landscape also offers great opportunities for active exploration. We will hike, bike and explore one of the most fascinating archeological sites in the world. As with all of our adventure tours we offer the active experiences that bring us closer to the environment, but we won’t be surprised if the laid back attitude of the Rapa Nui people may occasionally tempt us to slow down the pace and enjoy the scenery.
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.
For visitors coming in Febuary 2017, enjoy Tapati, the huge cultural festival taking place on the island, with contests, costumes, and feats of strength and agility by the young men of the community.
Experience the annual Island-wide celebration of Rapa Nui culture!
Watch canoeing and horse races
Marvel at the feats of strength and endurance demonstrated by the community’s young men
Learn more about the arts, music, and dance of this tiny island
February 3, 2017 to February 10, 2017 Tapati Festival – US $3,298.00
July 14, 2017 to July 19, 2017 Summer Dates – US $2,998.00
Duration: : 8 Days
Optional Tour Choices: $750 Single Supplement (for solo travelers who wish to enjoy a private bedroom and bathroom)
Extension: Arrive Early for a Deluxe Tour of Machu Picchu
Extension: Or Arrange a private tour in Santiago, Chile
All transportation on Easter Island; Five nights in intimate Easter Island guesthouse (seven when joining the February tour), in shared or single occupancy; daily breakfasts, three lunches, three dinners on Easter Island; Services of professional tour director (subject to minimum participation) and local guides; Use of bikes; All hotel service charges and taxes, porterage, and gratuities for included meals. HE Travel provides complimentary Medical & Evacuation Insurance for every US Resident on our group tours who does not have other coverage.
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.
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 February 2017 includes two additional nights. Our group will enjoy the activities listed in the above itinerary, as well as attend cultural events, parties, and soak in a festive, fun group atmosphere!
(Summer dates only) Stay 2 nights at the Machu Picchu ruins in the renowned Sanctuary Lodge. Contemplate the towering Andean peaks (Incan gods) at sunrise over Machu Picchu, dine at a private hacienda overlooking the Sacred Valley, shop Pisac’s colorful market, and be carried away by native music on this gay Machu Picchu & Peru tour. Our week-long tour concludes at the Hotel Monasterio, an amazing former monastery.
Contact us for personal travel in Mainland Chile to the capital of Santiago, the resurgent hillside port city of Valparaiso, the colorful pristine Atacama Desert or other destinations.