Experience the history of Easter Island as a local guide takes you among the great Moai statues, to the home of the Birdmen cult, and explains the celestial connection between the island and the stars! This 4 day, 3 night tour includes lodging in some of the island’s nicest hotels.
On this 4 day, 3 night Easter Island travel package, your local guide will take you through the history of this fascinating and mysterious island, from the arrival of the first Polynesian navigators, to the rise of the first kings of the island (who began building the great statues), to the eventual colonization by the Europeans and then Chileans. You will walk among the Moai statues, learn about the Birdmen cult, experience the celestial connection between the island and the stars, and overall enjoy being in one of the most remote places in the world!
Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
Start/ End Location: Hanga Roa, Easter Island
Availability: All year round
Miscellaneous: This tour involves a lot of walking. The Rano Raraku Volcano walking is of moderate difficulty.
Day 1 – Arrive at Easter Island and Explore Ceremonial Sites
A driver will meet you at the airport and bring you to your hotel (Hotel Taha Tai, Altiplanico Rapa Nui, or Hanga Roa, depending on your booking). From here, your day depends on whether you booked a regular or a private tour. On regular tours, you will have a free afternoon to explore the area and a free evening to enjoy dinner and your first night on Easter Island! On private tours, you will have a private half day tour – The Twilight of the Moai. Overnight at your hotel.
If you have taken the private tour, for half a day you will explore some of the ceremonial sites of the island. This 3-hour tour will take you to Father Sebastian Englert Museum and walk you through the ceremonial complex of Tahai, a place where you will find several Ahus (platforms) and five of the famous Moai (statues). At the end of this tour, you will go to Hanga Kio’e, a ceremonial site where one of the island’s most famous leaders made his claim of the island in 1650 AD.
Day 2 – Enjoy a Full Day Tour and Learn about the Arrival of Hotu Matu’a
Today is a day of legends and a walk through the mysterious culture of Rapa Nui (Easter island’s name given by their natives). Your local guide will walk you through the island’s history on this 6-hour day tour, beginning with the first Polynesian navigators stepping ashore. You will learn about the importance of Ariki (King) Hotu Matu’a and about the proceeding 700 years after settlement, including the creation of the famous Moai (the statues). The day goes from Hanga Roa to Anakena, through the center of the island, to Vaitea, and then back to Hanga Roa through the south coast.
On day 2, you will have about an hour to get to know the beautiful Anakena Beach, you will visit the Ahu Te Pito Kura, an ahu that has the largest Moai ever raised onto a platform and later you will be taken to the impressive Rano Raraku, which is without a doubt one of the most interesting archaeological sites in the world. There, you will have about 1 hour and 15 minutes to see statues all around, and most importantly, the largest Moai ever carved – Te Tokanga (The Giant)! After having a pause for a one-hour picnic lunch (weather permitting), you will move to contemplate the Ahu Tongariki, a magnificent stone platform with 15 Moais. At the end of this full-day tour, you will visit Ahu Akahanga or the “Platform of the King”. Here, you’ll find four separate platforms, with 12 Moai of various sizes, and eight Pukao (topknots).
Day 3 – See Traditional Birdmen Sites and More
On the third day, you will spend about 6 hours discovering new interesting spots on the island. In the first half of this tour day, you will visit the sites where natives from the island (also known as “Birdmen”) have their annual ceremony and competition to obtain the first egg of the manutara. Also, you will have time to see Vinapu, one of the oldest inhabited areas on the island and later an opportunity to walk through Rano Kau, a remarkable volcanic center of the island. Before making a stop, you will go to the village and ceremonial site of Orongo. This trail highlights the Birdman cult, and your guide will tell you more about the competition and how they used this event as a survival mechanism during the most difficult period of Rapa Nui’s long history.
On the second half of this full day tour, your local guide will take you to three archaeological sites in the central part of the island: the cave of Ana Te Pahu, the altar of Ahu Akivi and the volcanic cone of Puna Pau. By seeing these places you will get to know about the connection between the ancient islanders, their culture and the universe.
Day 4 – Depart from Easter Island
Today you will enjoy breakfast at your hotel and take a transfer to the airport. End of the Easter Island travel package.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.