Get picked up at the airport on day 1, and take an afternoon tour to the famous platform of Ahu Akivi, to view the 7 Moai structures which make this island legendary. On day 2, go on a full day excursion around the island with stops at the “Ahu” ceremonial platforms, the Rano Raraku Volcano and the beautiful Anakena Beach. The next day, visit the archaeological complex of Tahai, Rano Kau Volcano and Orongo Ceremonial City. On day 4, get dropped off at the airport.
Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Easter Island Airport Pick-up - Ahu Akivi Half Day Tour
Upon arrival you will be picked up from the airport and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Get settled in to your accommodation and then prepare for an afternoon excursion to Ahu Akivi, Ahu Vinapu, Puna Pau Quarry, and The Te Pahu Cavern. At Ahu Akivi you will see the 7 stunning Moais. Each statue weighs around 18 tons and stands nearly 16-feet tall facing the east and the rising sun. Listen to the legendary stories about the origin of these statues and other mysteries about the island as you awe at the scenic landscapes around you. After the tour you will be transferred back to your accommodation with free time to enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.
Day 2: Anakena Beach Day Tour (B/L)
Have an early breakfast at your hotel and begin the day with a full-day excursion to explore the island and Moai route found here. Awe at the ancient giant sculptures carved out of volcanic rock dotting the landscape and get the chance to visit the “Ahu” ceremonial platforms. See Ahu Vaihu and Ahu Akahanga, the burial site for the island’s first king. Then your tour will bring you to the southern coast of the island and to the Rano Raraku Volcano. See Ahu Tongariki which is formed by 15 Moais, the largest platform on the island. This area was destroyed by a tsunami in 1960, but was restored by a Japanese foundation. See a massive spherical rock and Moai Paro, the largest statue on the island as you visit Ahu Te Pito Kura. Then enjoy the beautiful beach of Anakena before transferring back to your accommodation with free time to enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.
Day 3: Orongo & Rano Kau Half Day Tour (B)
Have breakfast at your hotel and then embark on another exciting excursion to the southwest coast of the island today where you will visit the archaeological complex of Tahai, see the Rano Kau Volcano and visit the Orongo Ceremonial City. Make a stop at the Tahai Ceremonial Complex, home to three main Ahus: Vai Ure, Tahai and Ko Te Riku. Then, visit the pristine slopes of the Rano Kau Volcano with a crater lake and impressive views of Motu Kao Kao, Motu Iti and Motu Nui islets. This crater lake is one of the island’s three freshwater lakes.
Continue to the village of Orongo which thrived between 1600 – 1866 AD as a worship centre. Its remnants include famous petroglyphs and over 50 elliptically-shaped homes with square-shaped entrances overlooking the ocean. Learn about the mystical legends and intriguing history of this site from your local guide. Transfer back to your accommodation with free time to enjoy your last evening on the island at leisure.
Day 4: Easter Island Airport Drop-off (B)
Have breakfast at your hotel and transfer to the airport for your return flight.
NOTE: All itineraries are subject to change without prior notice due to climatic conditions.