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 an APV minivan with 4 doors, brand Suzuki, year 2014 with maximum capacity for six 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.
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.
My car comfortably seats three people. Please inquire for larger groups.