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Easter Island Shore Excursion - Full Day Tour, Ahu Tongariki, Rano Raraku and Anakena Beach by Anne Dirkse
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Easter Island Shore Excursion - Full Day Tour, Ahu Tongariki, Rano Raraku and Anakena Beach

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WHY YOU SHOULD GO

Take this Shore Excursion to see the famous Ahu stone sculpture temples of Easter Island

Highlights

  • Get picked up from the Pier to take this beautiful and relaxing on your Private Shore Excursion at Easter Island
  • Enjoy a day of legend following the path of Rapa Nui
  • Walk between thousands of Moais at Rano Raraku
  • Relax at Anakena Beach
  • Enjoy a traditional lunch during your tour.

Inclusions

  • Private tour!
  • Roundtrip Transfer from Rapa Nui Port (Hanga Piko)
  • Transportation Insurance
  • Bilingual Live Guide (English & Spanish)
  • Lunch at Rano Raraku

Exclusions

  • Optional Gratuities
  • Entrance Fee to Rapa Nui National Park (80 USD)
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Hotel Drop-off

Please Note

  • Excursions can be modified or cancelled by weather conditions
  • We recommend wearing comfortable clothing
  • Passengers traveling to Easter Island have to pay an entrance fee of CLP 54.000 or USD 80.00 in order to visit the Archaeological Park. Please note that it's not possible to buy this ticket in any other place and passengers will have to carry their ticket with them when taking our tours.
  • Please consider that if the ship can't arrive to the destination due to the bad weather conditions and we don't have this information at last 24 hours prior the departure of the tour, we will have to charge the 100% of this booking.

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ITINERARY

We'll start this private Shore Excursion from the Port to experience the beauty, mystery and dramatic scenery of Easter Island in this full-day tour to Anakena, a white sand beach said to have been the landing point of Polynesian chief Hotu Matu’a who first settled the island.

On this experience, your guide takes you to Ahu Akahanga, located on the southeastern coast of the island. Unlike most ahu, Akahanga has not been restored, allowing you to stumble upon the area as European explorers first did. The platform, about 59 feet (18 meters) long, originally contained about a dozen moai and is believed to be the burial site of Polynesian king Hoto Matu’a.

Walk about the grounds sprawled with overturned moai that have pukao, decorative head topknots, with tribal fighting providing one explanation for this curious scene.

Next, head north up the coastline to Ahu Tongariki, the largest ceremonial site with an impressive row of 15 upright moai. Learn how a tsunami in 1960 sent these statues, some weighing 30 tons (27 metric tons), flying several hundred feet inland. Restoration of this site took five years and was completed in 1992.

Then travel inland to Rano Raraku, where on its volcanic slopes Rapa Nui sculptors had carved moai from volcanic stone before moving about one third of them to various ahu. Many of the island’s 800-plus moai remain in the quarry and close by; as you trek with your guide toward the stone pit, you’ll see poking up from the grassy earth hundreds of moai heads or partially buried torsos.

Enjoy a barbecue lunch (provided) at a nearby camping area, which includes chicken and other meats, fish, salad, rice, fruit and water. A vegetarian option can be arranged upon request. You’ll spend about 2.5 hours in total at Rano Raraku with lunch time.

Along the northern coast, reach your final stop at Anakena and explore the extremely well-preserved seven moai of Ahu Nau Nau, four of them wearing pukao. At this site, archaeologists located one nearly complete coral eye, inlaid with red volcanic scoria stone.

Your sightseeing complete, swim or stroll along Anakena, one of the few white sand beaches on the island, for about 30 minutes before being transported back to he port. Or feel free to stay longer, and your guide will arrange a cab ride for you (own expense) when you’re ready to return to the Port. Changing rooms with showers are available on site for a small fee.
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