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Orongo & Rano Kau Half Day Tour

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WHY YOU SHOULD GO

Visit the ancient ruins of Easter Island´s Orongo Ceremonial City

Highlights

  • Explore Rapa Nui National Park, an UNESCO World Heritage
  • Discover Orongo Ceremonial Village
  • Learn about the mysterious petroglyphs of Tahai
  • Visit Rano Kao, the largest crater in Easter Island

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip Transfer from Easter Island Hotels
  • Transportation Insurance
  • Bilingual Live Guide (English & Spanish)

Exclusions

  • Optional Gratuities
  • Entrance fee to Rapa Nui National Park
  • Pickup from the pier

Please Note

  • Excursions can be modified 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.The entrance fee must be purchased upon arrival at Conaf Office inside Mataveri Airport and it's valid for the entire stay. 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.
  • Note for Cruise Passengers: Remember that this tour is not available for passenger coming on cruises, there's an special service called Shore Excursion on private for you which includes the transfers between the pier and the excursion.

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Feb 04 2018
I was on three tours booked through grayline - 2 half day tours on the same day and a full day tour on the next day. All 3 were provided by local provider AKU AKU TURISMO with a guide called Hugo which was a nightmare.The tours have been terrible for me.On the first day, during the visit of the first stop of each half day tour, the guide didnt leave any second for taking photos. After I gave him advice and contacting the company about following tour of mine in case if with diffetent guides, the company told me it would be the same guide and they contact the guide about the advice. The guide got angry and he told me to 'follow his rule' and to take pictures when he was explaining and he warned me not to contact the company if there was any problem. i got scared and told him I needed to concentrate on listening to understand him (I was using my european portuguese to understand spanish coz I dont speak spanish). With English I could spare my attention to take photos at the same time.then he started to add English to the explanation. and when i started to take pictures, he started to SHOUT AT ME, complaining he was speaking English only to me.I was so shocked by this since I have been taking many tour in many countries, this never happened before.I thought it would be following his rules to take pictures during the explanation and he should be happier. If not, then he would think that I was not paying attention to what he said - which would be rediculous because that would be contridictory to his original rule.Anyway, there were 3-4 other chinese guests on the same tour and they asked me what happened. I said he was saying he was speaking English only for me and he was not happy. They were surprised when they heart that and they said IT WAS NOT TRUE because only one of those Chinese understood spanish and all others needed English explanation and the guide even didnt knew coz he never asked at the beginning.So far it was such a terrible experience that I never had before and it totally ruined my sites visits on the island.As my observation, I d like to mention the following to warn other people to think twice before taking the tour:1 rudeness - shouting at clients has no reason to be correct - not to mention about the lie behind2 lying - lying about the language distribution in the clients group3 lack of professionality - he never organize or manage the group. he never explained on the bus anything, not even about the schedule for the next stop - how many minutes of explanation, how many for photos. On each spot things get massed up - he was so enoying himself giving explanations to others and we had to guess about timing and try to take pictures in the meantime. The time management was so bad that on the first day at the end of the afternoon tour, we had a super long photo time - so why did he keep zero second for yhe first spot?5 lack of efficiency - he had dufficulty hurry up people when they get slow after the beach so we got back late.4 impoliteness - he never greeted me and never used honorific form.If you come to Easter Island, better see the spots in another way because your time is precious for.pictures and videos at the spot as probably you are not coming back, meanwhile you haveany other ways and other time to get the explanation.p.s. the company never said sorry to me.
Reply From The Gray Line Team:
Hello,

We sincerely apologize about the experience you had on one of our tours, as that is not the standard we preach to our employees. We pride ourselves on having great tour guides that are professional, kind, and offer great local insight. This type of behavior from one of our operators is not we encourage from our guides and drivers, and we will be reaching out to our local team to discuss the actions of Hugo and ways that this can be avoided in the future. Thank you for your honest review.

-The Gray Line Team
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ITINERARY

After hotel pickup in Hanga Roa, you're driven to the Ahu Vinapu ceremonial complex. The ceremonial center of Vinapú includes one of the largest ahu in Rapa Nui. This ceremonial center has an extraordinary platform, which stands out for having an architectural structure composed of large slabs carefully wedged, similar to the Inca constructions of Cusco.

Then re-board the minivan and travel south to Ana Kai Tangata, a cave along the coast.The only cave on the island to contain ancient pictures, many believe this location served as the starting point of the annual Tangata Manu ritual practiced until around 1800. As you listen to the rhythmic crashing of the surf against the cliffs and hear ancient legends, imagine the men selected from each tribe leaping from the cave and swimming toward the islet of Motu Nui to collect the first egg laid by a sooty tern. Many drowned or were killed by sharks. The first man to return with the egg was rewarded with riches for his tribe for the rest of the year.

Leave the cave and set sights on the Rano Kau volcano and its crater lake. Capture this dramatic landscape from three different vantage points before your guide takes you to the village of Orongo at the southern tip of the island.

Orongo contains 54 restored oval-shaped houses constructed out of slabs of shale, each with a small square entryway overlooking the ocean. Note the abundance of birdmen petroglyphs here, and learn about the site's use as a ceremonial center for birdmen rites between 1600 and 1866.

After your guide's introduction to village lore and legend, spend a little over an hour exploring the site on your own before transport back to your hotel.
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