Be awed by seeing the biggest and most impressive moai statues ever built by the ancient Easter Island civilization. Visit fallen statues in the southwest, and see how they grow in size as we approach the eastern side of the island, where virtually all moai originated from. Complement this with a North and West tour to discover Easter Island in a complete, thorough manner, with all of its history, culture, legends and society. Tours are semi-private with a maximum of 8 people for a more personalized experience. The itinerary is highly optimized to visit the sites with best possible light conditions for photography, and with the least amount of crowds around.
You will be picked up at your hotel between 9:15am and 9:40am. The following sites will be visited:1) Ahu Huri A Urenga: This single statue has a remarkably strange characteristic - it has four hands. It has been dubbed "The Astronomer" for being aligned to the sunrise at winter solstice - June 21st.2) Vinapu: The most perfectly fit rock wall, Ahu Tahira, is found in this area. It was engineered with such skill that many draw conclusions on contact with the Inca Empire.3) Hanga Poukura: This is a beautiful coastal area of interesting, rough lava rock formations has several unique features. Several statues are in a strange and mysterious manner buried in a line, with only the backs being visible. The ahu is one of the most well-made ever with blocks that are cut for a better fit. Hanga Poukura area also has an amazing natural phenomena that has been occurring constantly since this these areas were created by lava flows almost a million years ago - a blowhole. The blowhole of Hanga Poukura is one of the best ones of Rapa Nui, and when the ocean is right, water will spurt up into the air as waves come in.Lunch (not included): Please bring some cash (US$10 - US$40 per person) during the tour to get the lunch you prefer.4) Rano Raraku: The volcano that was converted into a mass production factory of gigantic megaliths. Virtually all statues were carved here. One day the workers stopped, and the hundreds of statues that were left behind haven't moved since.5) Ahu Tongariki: The biggest and most impressive monument of Rapa Nui with its 15 mighty moais.Please have your national park ticket ready for your tour, and bring it with you at all times. National park tickets are bought upon arrival at the airport and are 80 USD in cash per person. This is required by all visitors to Easter Island. Approximate ending time is 4pm, and you will be returned to your hotel.