8 days in Easter Island?
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Jun 17, 2013 5:31 PM Last Post By: femby
Jan 30, 2013 1:54 AM
8 days in Easter Island?Hi all. I am planning a 8 day-stay in Easter island and would like to know if that would be far too long. I really want to enjoy the island, go for walks, to the beach, just "live" there for a long week but for what I read I might really get bored soon, especially going on my own.
What do you think? Do you think it's a waste of money/days? I am coming from Europe, so it's a long trip for a short stay and I don't really want to go city to city, I would just be doing Santiago de Chile and an excursion to Valparaiso.
I don't know... I am really lost here. Can anyone help?
Jan 30, 2013 4:02 AM
1It is difficult for people who don't know you to tell you whether you will like a place you have never been! The average time people stay is probably 3 full days, 5 is the recommended and some stay longer and never get bored. I think 5 days is ideal. It gives you time to see everything and leave room for just relaxing and enjoy being there. If you are more a slow traveler than someone who ticks the boxes, you could probably enjoy your 8 days. If you are going in winter (June/July/August) you would have more rain and might be glad of extra days. Note that prices are higher on EI than on mainland Chile, not cheap either, so budget may be a consideration.
Jan 30, 2013 4:29 AM
2There is stuff to 'do' to fill about 4 easy days and after that it depends whether you're the kind of person that can happily chill out for a few days or whether you'd get bored. I was due to stay for 8 days but it was reduced due to various flight issues but I could have happily stayed longer just to soak up the atmosphere of this unusual place and visit the sights at a slower pace, so if that sounds like your thing then the 8 days might well be worth it, especially if you're going all the way from Europe.
Jan 30, 2013 6:00 AM
3I was just there for 4 days and decided that was one day too long. You can cover the entire island in one day.
If you're planning on biking everywhere and going on more extensive hikes up the taller mountains than you may enjoy more time. Or if you enjoy just hanging out and relaxing a lot than you may enjoy more time. However if you're trying to fit multiple destinations into a trip I would recommend three days on Easter Island, four at the most.
I only met one person on the island that was staying eight days. He was a Brit who was biking everywhere and hiking all the mountains and he was having a wonderful time. So it all depends on what you like to do.
Most of the coastline is volcanic rock but there is one very nice sandy beach on the island. If you enjoy hanging out at the beach, swimming, and relaxing than that may also be an option to stay longer and enjoy the tropical weather.
Jan 30, 2013 6:02 AM
4Thanks Femby and Parisii, I do realise it is rather difficult to advise someone you don't know at all... I just want some sunny, but not too hot, temperatures, the moais, light trecking and reading in a nice environment. I am planning on going at the end of April, so a couple of night in Santiago and then the rest, beginning of May, in Rapa Nui. I have seen you can book your excursions there, even with the owners of the little hotels (I have seen very good reviews from the rooms at Inaki Uhi and their excursions). I am Spanish so I think that'd also be an aset for when I talk to the people.
Any danger for a woman travelling alone? I don't think so, but as I said, I have never been there...
Jan 30, 2013 7:26 AM
Jan 30, 2013 7:51 AM
Jan 30, 2013 8:47 AM
7Safety is not an issue at all. Take a torch/flashlight for navigating side streets at night. Buy some food supplies in Santiago before you go.
A couple of years ago someone (single female) posted a very good overview of her visit to the island. I actually did a cut and paste rather than a bookmark, which is fortunate given the present state of things on TT. So apologies to the original author for not remembering your name, but your post is too good to miss. I have removed any links (sigh) so you will have to google. Prices may have varied as the post is not recent, but the tips are very good.:
Things I wish I knew before I arrived
1.At the airport there are plenty of accommodation options, who will let you book and then take you to the accommodation – they range from camping to high end.
2. Alcoholic drinks are expensive $10 each so take some duty free or a bottle of something from Santiago or elsewhere.
3. Food is expensive in restaurants $12 - $20 for basic pasta in a restaurant, and the supermarket is not particularly well stocked:
b.If you really are on a budget definitely get somewhere with a kitchen and / or that offers breakfast
4.If you are on your own I would recommend staying on the main street, especially if you plan on going out in the evening to eat or drink – Av. Atamu Tekena, distances are not great but it’s quite dark.
a. I stayed at Hotel Orgono for $60 USD per night with breakfast and transfers to and from the airport; it would be the same price for 2. The rooms are somewhat 70s but there is a private bathroom and the staff are helpful.
5. Go on a guided tour and book in advance so that you get on it especially if you have only limited time – I went with Kia Koe Tour they speak perfect English and are based on Av, Atuma Tekena, I didn’t book so missed the first half day tour and did on the first day the afternoon tour, on the second day the full tour and on the third day the morning tour that I missed on the first day – so you could do all the tours in two days – all the operators offer the same tours, Prices were $45 USD for the full day – the box lunch is $15 and is an assortment of a chicken leg, Veg and Jello and a drink, no pressure to take this and they are happy if you want to take your own snacks which is what I did. The half day tours are $35 USD which seem proportionally more expensive BUT as someone who is not really a tour person I was quite impressed with all the details that were imparted it really made a difference, my guide for two tours was Daniela who is a Chilean married to a person from Easter Island – she was excellent if you get a choice, the guide for the third tour was Rosita and in fairness she was also good, although I suspect that for all of us we just ‘liked’ Daniela better.
6. After my tour time I hired a scooter – ridiculously inexpensive bizarrely – less than a pasta dish!! Only $15 for 8 hours or $20 for 24 hours. Again prices are the same everywhere, I hired from Oceania tours opposite the Hotel Orongo – very professional – took a copy of my license and a credit card print out in case I absconded with the bike – they also hire motorbikes, beach buggies, cars and jeeps and so do many others, like I said the prices are the same – the scooter was great, a two seater with power, no need to keep it clean either which is good – you can go everywhere on it – and if you already know the sites then you get photo opportunities on your own - great driving along the coast. If I had time and weather I would have done this for 2 days not 1.
7. Other options – hiking with a company is expensive $110 USD!!! Per person, Orgono volcano is easy on your own and doable from the town centre – ask your hotel for instructions but really easy, there are other signposted hikes as well.
a. Boat trips – also expensive - $230 per person!! Not sure if they are worth it or not but seem expensive, if less than 7 people you have to pay more.
b. Mountain bike – easy to hire and quite cheap – Makemake on Av Atuma Tekena have nice bikes and helpful staff they are also right next to a laundry who are very friendly, there are other bike hire places but this one I used and they gave advice and maps.
c. You can hire a taxi to take you to any site – better for a secondary visit as they don’t have tour info and don’t speak English if you’re Spanish is lacking.
d.You can hire a pickup and put more friendly backpackers in the back – probably the cheapest tour.
e. The beach is a nice day trip – there are some stalls with snacks but no shade, take a taxi and spend the day but make sure you arrange a pick up.
f.Across the road from Makemake is an internet café where you can also use your laptop
g.Next to Makemake is a nice café / restaurant which does pasta and chicken and fish, nice service, toilets and food.
8. Restaurants – my favorite was margarita – Mexican on Av. Atuma Tekena, opposite the hotel Orongo – great food, big portions, nice staff, the bar next door was good but more expensive Aloha Pub – Restaurant.
9. Drinks – wine is the most inexpensive but if you want a bottle you need a bottle opener otherwise you can buy a box – brand name Clos – it actually tastes ok – after all this Is Chile, you can buy in the supermarket or various stores on Av Atuma Tekena
•The tours are worth it to get the most out of your visit – 2 days is a minimum if you book in advance.
• Time to visit: 3 days to be safe and do all tours and 4 days means you can go on your own on a cheap scooter to see the sights. If it really rains then you cannot do anything but stay inside so in the rainy season plan a couple of extra days
• Food and drink are expensive, bring spirits and snacks. If you are really on a budget stay somewhere that offers breakfast / that has a kitchen.
•If you are on your own stay on the main street Av Atuma Tekena – even though it feels safe it is dark.
• Scooter hire is the best deal anywhere I have ever been! Hiring a scooter will let you buzz around all the main sites and get a feel for the place.
• Take cash not many people like credit cards and the ATM will only give you an arbitrary amount per day – Chilean pesos or USD are equally good although people would accept Euro.
•People are friendly and it is a very safe place.
Jan 31, 2013 12:26 AM
Feb 3, 2013 8:10 AM
9I stayed 3 full days there and felt like I could have used 1 more day to really experience everything I wanted to see. We did a full-day tour of the island, which was very informative, as well as another day of walking to Orongo from town, and another day walking along the north-west shore of the island to explore the caves and the coastline. If I had one more day, I would have rented a car of some sort to spend some time at Ovahe Beach on the north shore. It looks like a beautiful, secluded beach in a cove--would definitely recommend. 8 days might be a lot, but you would have more time to just relax at the beaches instead of just trying to fit a million things in on each day.
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