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'A Perfect Easter Island'

What makes this trip special?

Rapa Nui culture

Rapa Nui culture

Easter Island

Remote and mysterious, Easter Island remains one of the most isolated islands in the world. Best known for its imposing Moai statues, other highlights include the vast Rano Kau volcanic crater and the ceremonial Orongo village. As well as the incredible visitor sites, the island also has some of Chile's clearest waters for diving, whilst you can now also see the ancient sculptures from the water for an alternative viewpoint.

Volcano crater lake

Volcano crater lake

Rano Kau

The volcano of Rano Kau is topped by a very large low crater with a narrow rim on all but the western side. Here the rock has dropped away to give a fabulous view out over the Pacific. A lake in the crater is dotted with islands of floating reeds of the species found on Lake Titicaca - cited as evidence for Thor Heyerdal's 'Kon-Tiki' hypothesis.

Ceremonial Ruins

Ceremonial Ruins

Orongo

When walking around the rim of the Rano Kau volcano you reach the Orongo ruins- a highly significant site in the Birdman ceremony. From the Orongo viewpoint there are great views of the Pacific ocean.

Landing site of original Polynesian chief

Landing site of original Polynesian chief

Anakena Beach

A scenic, white sand beach in the north of the island and said to be the place where the original Polynesians first landed.

Itinerary map for Chile 'A Perfect Easter Island' holiday

Itinerary

  • Day      Overnight
  • 1 Hanga Roa
  • 2 Hanga Roa
  • 3 Hanga Roa
  • 4 Hanga Roa
  • For the detail of each day click the ‘Day-by-day’ tab above.

Day-by-day itinerary for 'A Perfect Easter Island'

DAY 1

Hanga Roa

You are met at the airport (flights are from Santiago) and driven to your hotel in the Hanga Roa area. The rest of the day is free so that you can see the town and visit the Museo Antropologico P. Sebastian Englert and the Tahai moai, or relax at the hotel.

DAY 2
BL

Ancient Moai and Anakena Beach

Today you are collected to begin your exploration of this unique island. You first visit Ahu Vaihu and Ahu Akahanga on the south coast then continue to the main quarry at Rano Raraku. You visit Ahu Tongariki and continue to the north coast and Ahu Te Pito Kura and the ‘navel of the world’ stone, then spend some time relaxing at Anakena beach by Ahu Nau Nau and Ahu Ature Huki returning to your hotel at the end of the day.

DAY 3
B

Rano Kau Crater and Orongo

You head to the Ana Kai Tangata cave close to Hanga Roa, followed by Vinapu with its fine stone work, then ascend Rano Kau to visit the ruins at Orongo related to the Birdman ceremony. In the afternoon you visit Ahu Akivi inland and continue to the Puna Pau quarry. Finally, you visit the dramatic Ahu Huri a Urenga standing alone at a site that marks the winter solstice.

DAY 4
B

A full day free. You might choose to relax at the beach, to walk inland, or take an extra excursion, perhaps on the west coast to Te Peu, or even the hike to Maikati Te Moa. Surf lessons, glass-bottom boat trips, sailing trips, and specialist photography trips can all be found locally. The Kari Kari cultural centre offers dinner and a music display with traditional dress and dancing.

DAY 5
B

At leisure until it is time for you to be picked up for the airport to catch your return flight.

Guide prices for 'A Perfect Easter Island'

options based on all year low season mid season high season peak season other season
Mid-range hotels, shared tours 2 people sharing £635
Upper range hotels, shared tours 2 people sharing £915
Top range hotels, private tours 2 people sharing £1,735
Prices are per person and include:
  • all transport on Easter Island
  • all accommodation
  • meals as indicated (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)
  • all excursions as described in the itinerary
Prices do not include:
  • international flights
  • travel insurance
  • airport and departure taxes
  • items of a personal nature such as drinks, tips, laundry, etc
  • any optional excursions you may buy locally
  • airport and departure taxes
  • domestic flights

Customer reviews for 'A Perfect Easter Island'

Recent reviews are shown here from holidays based on this initial design. In each case the itinerary may have been modified (a little or a lot) to suit the individual traveller.

Average customer rating 100%

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Easter Island and Torres del Paine were excellent as expected. In addition we were delighted by Hotel Remota and la Casona - thank you for your suggestions. We would have liked more time in Santiago and Puerto Natales plus more time on Easter Island.

Seasonal information for 'A Perfect Easter Island'

Along this route in January

Day Location Max °C Monthly rainfall
1 Hanga Roa 27°C rainfall 85mm
2 Hanga Roa 27°C rainfall 85mm
3 Hanga Roa 27°C rainfall 85mm
4 Hanga Roa 27°C rainfall 85mm

Typical weather for January

rainchart

Max °C figures are the average daily maximum temperatures for the month. Rainfall is the average precipitation for the month.

Hotels for 'A Perfect Easter Island'

Days 1 - 4

O'Tai

Easter Island

Hotel O'Tai is a good value option 5 minutes walk from downtown Hanga Roa. There are 42 rooms across the hotel, a restaurant and bar as well as a swimming pool. There is Wi-Fi available at the hotel, but this is at extra cost payable locally.

O'Tai
Hotel Exterior