Learn about the birdman cult & the seven explorers
Easter Island is more that just Moai statues, this tour will show you just that!
We will travel past the rocky coast and deep blue colored waters of this volcanic island and also through its inner hills with more than 70 volcanic formations.
One of the highlights will be Ahu Akivi with its astronomically oriented platform and restored statues which can also be explained by the island's oral tradition.
Vinapu with its perfect ancestral architecture that will remind you of the Peruvian ruins.
Finally the Tangata Manu or the birdman ceremony held at Orongo with the perfect view of the Motus where once upon a time dozens of migratory sea birds nested in the time of spring and where a great cultural change occurred during the 18th and 19th century.
The tour begins when I pick you up from the hotel to visit the archaeological complex of Tahai, then we head inland to Ahu Akivi, the only moai platform that faces the sea. Continuing the inland route we reach Puna Pau, the quarry where red topknots or pukao were made.
We can stop for lunch back in town or continue the tour in one go.
We continue to the south coast of the island to visit the Vinapu site with toppled statues to learn about perfect building techniques of the Ahu.
We finally head for Rano kau crater and the ceremonial village of Orongo.
Return to the town of Hanga Roa and the hotel.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: The tour will begin with pick up at the hotel.
End location: The tour finishes upon drop of at the hotel or wherever in town previously arranged with the client.
Duration: 6 hours
Transportation will be in a jeep with 4 doors, brand Zotye, year 2013 with maximum capacity for three people comfortably, clean, no air conditioning but distances are very short and we spend most of the time visiting the sites. In each site walking is required generally in grassy or areas with stones so good comfortable walking shoes are recommended, if you have trouble walking a trekking stick is recommended.
My services as your private tour guide.
Transportation in a modern, non air conditioned vehicle (a cool breeze blows constantly from the sea).
Estimated Local Cash Needed
18000 CLP - The estimation is based on the money needed to go to the bathroom during the day, as in this area of the National Park the restrooms fee is between 1 USD and 2 USD each time. The rest is considering what a lunch would cost in town.
The National Park ticket is not included. You need to have this ticket for this tour or any of the tours on Easter island. The ticket is valid for 10 days and allows you to visit all the major sites on the island at least once. The ticket needs to be purchased separately from authorized ticket offices. It is recommended that you buy the ticket at the airport upon your arrival. There is a ticket office before you reach the luggage area.
US Dollars or Chilean Pesos are needed for this transaction, no credit cards accepted.
Meals, snacks and drinks.
This tour is designed for up to three people. If your group is larger, please contact me for details and a quote.
My car comfortably seats three people. Please inquire for larger groups.