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$177 Shore Excursions

Easter Island Tour with Ahu Akivi Ahu Vina and Puna Pau

Rapa Nui National Park, a wildlife sanctuary spread across most of Easter Island and a UNESCO World Heritage site, contains about 900 moai sculptures as well as 300 ahu, or ceremonial platforms, on which the carved figures stand. Sculpted from solidified volcanic ash, these statues are believed to represent the spirits of ancestors and high-ranking members of each tribe. Meet the incredible history of Rapa Nui on this Private Tour!After Hanga Piko Port pickup from Hanga Roa, travel south with your guide into the park to Ahu Tahai, a ceremonial platform that has a unique moai, a stone giant that stands alone, but which is protected by its more than 4 meters high and its imposing figure. Continue north to Puna Pau to see how some moai sport a different look. You'll notice they have pukao, or topknots made out of red scoria on their heads. It's believed the volcanic rock was used to impress rival tribes. Roughly 30 pukao are located in or near the Puna Pau quarry, the source of the red scoria. Then head to Ahu Akivi, where you’ll see a line of seven moai looking out toward the ocean. The moai here each stand 16 feet (5 meters) tall and weigh about 18 tons (16 metric tons). What's mysterious about these sea-facing figures, It's an unusual sight considering the other ahu moai stand with their backs against the water. One theory behind their unusual position: These moai symbolize the seven explorers from the Polynesian homeland of Hiva sent by the chief to find the island of Rapa Nui. According to this hypothesis, these statues face the ocean in the direction they came from. Our last point will be The -Ahu Huri a Urenga- one of the 25 platforms that are not on the coast, but in the interior of the island and corresponds to an agricultural area, human settlements. After your engaging exploration of ahu moai, you’ll be taken back to your hotel.

$800 Holiday & Seasonal Tours

4-Days Trip to Discover Easter Island

DAY 1: MATAVERI AIRPORT / ARRIVAL Arrival in the Easter Island Airport. Reception in the Airport with flower necklace and transfer to your selected hotel.  Afternoon is at leisure.Overnight @ 4* Hotel in Easter IslandDAY 2: AHU TONGARIKI - RANO RARAKO VOLCANO- AHU  NAU NAU –ANAKENA BEACH Departing from Hanga Roa's town at about 9:30 am, going to the southeastern and northeastern coast of the Island visiting the Ahu Vaihu temple, which is located 10 km from Hanga Roa. It consists of a stone platform with 8Moai statues and 8 pukao dispersed in the proximities. Then, we will go to Ahu Akahanga, so- called the "Platform of the king". After that, we will arrive in Ahu Nau Nau, temple of a complex construction due to its different levels where we will find 5 Moai statues with Pukao. There, we will see petroglyphs in the backs of the statues. We will continue our excursion to the Rano Raraku volcano and quarry, where there was carved most of the Moai of the island, using the volcanic rock of its hillsides. Overnight @ 4* Hotel in Easter IslandDAY 3: ORONGO & RANO KAO + AHU AKIVI (7 Explorers) We start our tour at 09:30 am from Hanga Roa heading to the Tahai Archaeological Complex. This ceremonial center features 3ahus: Ahu Vai Uri with 5 Moai statues, Ahu Tahai with 1 Moai statue and Ahu Le to Riko with 1 Moai statue. From this site, we will be able to appreciate inspiring landscapes.After that, we will visit the Ana Kai Tangata natural cave where it is possible to appreciate some rupestrian art representing birds such as the manutara, and where it is possible to watch waves breaking upon the cliff.  We will continue our tour by visiting the Rano Kau volcano where we will be able to see the largest crater on the Island and one of the largest sweet water reservation of the area. Finally, we will visit the Orongo Ceremonial Village, old and magnificent ceremonial city located in the western side of the Rano Kau volcano.We initiate the tour about 3:00 pm from Hanga Roa, visiting Ahu Vinapu, that it was used by the islanders in the year 1.200 A.C. including 3 Ahu. The first one has 6Moai statues demolished and painted in red. The second one has a supposedly feminine Moai which had two heads. Finally, the third Moai, the oldest one, features only removed stones. We will continue our way to the quarry of Puna Pau, archaeological site in the eastern side of Hanga Roa. It is a small crater of red slag, from where the Pukao or hats of the Moai statues were obtained. Along its old exit, there are some incomplete and abandoned Moai. We will head to Ahu Akivi, the first Ahu restored by the science in the island in the year 1960. Overnight @ 4* Hotel in Easter IslandDAY 4: EASTER ISLAND/MATAVERI AIRPORT/DEPARTURE  Transfer to the airport and typical farewell. 

$74 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Anakena - Ovahe Route

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Anakena Beach, Easter IslandThe most famous beach of the island, this is the starting point, here we make the theoretical talk and prepare to enter the waterPass By: Playa Ovahe, Hanga Roa, Easter IslandIf conditions permit, we disembark on this hidden beach to snorkel and rest

$323 Shore Excursions

Shore Excursion: Easter Island Full Day Tour to Anakena Beach

We'll start this Private Shore Excursion from the Port to experience the beauty, mystery and dramatic scenery of Easter Island in this full-day tour to Anakena, a white sand beach said to have been the landing point of Polynesian chief Hotu Matu’a who first settled the island. On this experience, your guide takes you to Ahu Akahanga, located on the southeastern coast of the island. Unlike most ahu, Akahanga has not been restored, allowing you to stumble upon the area as European explorers first did. The platform, about 59 feet (18 meters) long, originally contained about a dozen moai and is believed to be the burial site of Polynesian king Hoto Matu’a. Walk about the grounds sprawled with overturned moai that have pukao, decorative head topknots, with tribal fighting providing one explanation for this curious scene. Next, head north up the coastline to Ahu Tongariki, the largest ceremonial site with an impressive row of 15 upright moai. Learn how a tsunami in 1960 sent these statues, some weighing 30 tons (27 metric tons), flying several hundred feet inland. Restoration of this site took five years and was completed in 1992. Then travel inland to Rano Raraku, where on its volcanic slopes Rapa Nui sculptors had carved moai from volcanic stone before moving about one third of them to various ahu. Many of the island’s 800-plus moai remain in the quarry and close by; as you trek with your guide toward the stone pit, you’ll see poking up from the grassy earth hundreds of moai heads or partially buried torsos. Enjoy a barbecue lunch (provided) at a nearby camping area, which includes chicken and other meats, fish, salad, rice, fruit and water. A vegetarian option can be arranged upon request. You’ll spend about 2.5 hours in total at Rano Raraku with lunch time. Along the northern coast, reach your final stop at Anakena and explore the extremely well-preserved seven moai of Ahu Nau Nau, four of them wearing pukao. At this site, archaeologists located one nearly complete coral eye, inlaid with red volcanic scoria stone. Your sightseeing complete, swim or stroll along Anakena, one of the few white sand beaches on the island, for about 30 minutes before being transported back to he port. Or feel free to stay longer, and your guide will arrange a cab ride for you (own expense) when you’re ready to return to the Port. Changing rooms with showers are available on site for a small fee.

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