Easter Island on a small budget!
Replies: 19 - Last Post: Nov 14, 2012 10:39 PM Last Post By: windy
Nov 1, 2012 10:06 AM
Nov 1, 2012 10:27 AM
1Where are you flying from?
Your cheapest option is to camp and take all of your own food with you. However this is only possible if you travel from Santiago.
Nov 1, 2012 10:44 AM
2Camping is the cheapest option but you could also stay in a place with the use of the kitchen to help with the budget. Everyone who has a room to rent meets the plane. If coming from mainland Chile, stock up on a few things to eat (and wine if you want) and take them with you. The food in the market is good and fresh, go early to buy fish. It closes at one and reopens at four. There are places which do fresh tuna empanadas at a reasonable price.
Nov 1, 2012 12:18 PM
3Most of the island can be explored hiking by your own. For the places farer away you can hire a scooter or a bycicle and do it on your own too. Be aware that rain showers are frequent. There are 2 supermarkets, or a kind of markets which sell some cheap food, like empanadas to take away. Close to the prot we found a quite cheap restaurant. Just look around
Nov 1, 2012 6:44 PM
A budget option is to camp at the great minihoa, they offer campsites or cheap rooms. We stayed there 2 weeks ago and it was great. Their email is email@example.com
We rented bicycles for 3 days for 18,000 pesos and that was the best way to see all the sites for a reasonable price.
But everything on the island is expensive, even buying your own food to cook so there are very limited ways to budget. But it is worth it as it is an amazing place.
Nov 3, 2012 12:45 PM
5Thank you all for quick replies!
I'm flying from Santiago so I'll definetly bring my own food!
Another question :) I've read that if I choose to stay in a hostel or a residencial there is no need to book in advance because people will be at the airport waiting for people like me needing a place to stay. Will it be cheaper to find a hostel/residencial that way?
Nov 5, 2012 2:07 AM
6Since you're not looking for a hotel, you'll probably find something. For a hotel during high season (Nov - Mar), you must book through some Easter Island agency many months before - at least 6 months to be able to choose the hotel you prefer.
The smallest kind of accommodations probably won't be at the airport. I'd recommend you look up Maria Eugenia Tuki Pakarati. In case your taxi driver is new, it's just behind the beer brewery. They have the best prices I've seen on the island - and the best thing is that, if you're anything like me, it's the best accommodation as well! Don't expect new beds and furniture or clinical cleanliness, but do expect a cultural adventure! This family is one of the few that still speak Rapa Nui language at home. They have strong culture, are of the old way and are very nice, genuine and hospitable people!
Also, since you are on a small budget, I'd recommend exploring the island by hiking. You'll see much more of the island this way. Here is a list of Easter Island hiking trails .
Nov 5, 2012 5:26 AM
Nov 5, 2012 5:32 AM
Nov 5, 2012 6:46 AM
9cmariaeks: I'm glad I can help! It used to be www.residencialrapanuituki.cl but I guess they forgot paying the hosting bill. That's just the island life =).
Here's some info if you speak Spanish: http://okoheroa.blogspot.se/
Maria speaks some English as well. You could also try calling at +56 32 255 1327.
Just make sure you don't call in the middle of the night by checking the local Easter Island time (check the sidebar to the right). I think between 18:00 and 22:00 local time would be safest to make sure someone is there to answer.
Nov 5, 2012 8:08 PM
Nov 10, 2012 5:51 AM
Nov 10, 2012 9:14 PM
12When are you going to be there? I'm heading to Easter Island Dec 5-9. I'd be interesting in potentially sharing a car rental or tour price. Let me know
BTW is there any place on Easter Island to find fast internet service? My hotel has wifi, but I gather it's not very fast anywhere. Happy to pay more in town to get a few hours of client work done.
Nov 11, 2012 7:53 AM
Im going there Dec 15-20, so I will unfortunately not be able to share a car rental or tour price with you, but i hope you enjoy Easter Island!
Nov 11, 2012 10:53 AM
14Oh well. Stranger things have happened. Made good friends from Toronto thanks to a TT posting last December.
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