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- Meet the Locals
Main travel focus
Delve Deep into Easter Island's Mysteries
- Day 3: Enter an extinct volcano
- Day 4: Discover where the moai's hats were made
- Day 2: Feel the Energy Rock's magnetism
- Day 1: Be welcomed to the island with a fresh flower lei
Even though the legends of Easter Island are ingrained in the collective unconscious, truth is, nobody really knows that much of this remote island's secrets. This trip allows you to start making your own mind up about this one-of-a-kind destination. You'll be introduced to the enigmatic guardians of Rapa Nui, the beautifully impassive moai, who have guarded their secrets for century. There's no place like this anywhere on earth, and you will spend five heady days inspecting ancient quarries, hidden cave paintings, and, of course, interrogating those massive heads themselves. Go ahead: do something truly distinctive. Immerse yourself in Easter Island's magic.
- Lodging at selected hotels incl breakfast
- National Park entrance fee
- Private services with English speaking guide
- Picnic lunch on day 2
- Airfares: Santiago - Easter Island - Santiago (referential rate: US$500)
- Travel insurance
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Touch-down in the land of mystery
Today, you'll place your feet on the soil of one of the world's truly special places. Easter Island's timeless aura of mystery will wrap itself around you as soon as you step off the plane, as will a welcoming flower lei. You'll then be transferred at the hotel at which you'll lay your head down tonight.
Walk among giants
After your breakfast of gigantic proportions, you will be invited to walk among the giants. First stop today is over on the west side of the island at Tahai, where there are three ahu, the stone platforms from which the massive heads of the moai jut out their ancient questions. It's then on to Rano Raraku, an extinct volcano, and the quarry - where these moai were sculpted hundreds of years ago - which lies in its shadow. The Tongariki ahu is Polynesia's biggest, and is, understandably, not far from the quarry. This is also the home to Easter Island's biggest moai, which is currently having a snooze on its side. The Energy rock, with its palpable magnetism, makes its presence known near Tongariki as well. Anakena beach's beauty is no less attractive, as you'll soon work out as you bask upon it, a fitting end to a spectacular day.
Volcano, temple, and cave paintings
Stock up on breakfast this morning, as today, you'll be off on another captivating excursion. You'll be off to the feet of the dormant volcano, Rano Kau, and then, indeed, within it. Don't fret, though, the magma of past centuries has been replaced by a leaf-fringed lake. The village of Orongo will be your next village, where you'll visit the temple where the Birdman Chief of the island was once elected. Later on, you'll be treated to another secret, the cave paintings at Ana Kai Tangata, and the dramatic cliffs that shelter them from the wild ocean's spray.
An ancient hat workshop
For centuries, seven massive heads have fixed their eyes over the ocean at Ahuh Akivi's altar. After getting your hotel breakfast fix, you'll get to fix your eyes on this awe-inspiring sight. Next, visit a once-inhabited cave, and the quarry where fetching red hats for the solemn old statues were once sculpted.
Back to reality
Soak up Easter Island's aura a little more this morning at breakfast, because then it's time to head back to reality, as you jump on the plane back to Santiago, content in your knowledge that you'll be the envy of all the folk back home.