Map of Easter Island (Rapa Nui) Short Break including Chile

Travel to South America and discover the beauty of Easter Island

Journey to enigmatic Easter Island and be forever changed by the remote beauty and fascinating folklore of ‘Rapa Nui’. This unforgettable trip allows plenty of time to stand in awe and admire the many stone moai that have made this mystical island so famous. As the trade winds blow, view remnants of the past at ancient ceremonial sites and villages, as well as rock art depicting strange deities. For a dose of natural beauty, be blown away by the scale of a dramatic volcanic crater and uninterrupted views over the horizon. Rich in iconic legends, unique landscapes and blazing sunsets, this is an enthralling encounter of a lifetime.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Easter Island, Chile
Finish
Easter Island, Chile
Destination
Chile
Style
Comfort
Theme
Short Breaks
Code
GGAE
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Take in the faraway feel of one of the world's most remote populated islands and ponder the magic and mystery of the moai monoliths that weigh up to 50 tonnes.

  • Learn about the heritage of the Rapa Nui people, the island's native Polynesians.

  • Enjoy the warm hospitality of the local people, born from a mix of ancient travellers that arrived here from the Polynesian islands and from South America.

  • There is plenty of free time to stroll along Hanga Roa's main strip, sample the delicious local seafood or explore the island by bicycle.

  • Visit the beautifully located Orongo Ceremonial Village and Ahu Akivi for unparalleled ocean views.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This Short Break Adventure is a ‘join in’ group departure, which means you are not accompanied by an Intrepid group leader – our local representative fills this role – and the configuration of any fellow travellers in the group might change during the trip.

  • This trip will run with a minimum of one person, so you may be joined by other travellers booked on the same date as you, or you may be on your own.

Itinerary

On arrival at Easter Island's Mataveri Airport you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel in Hanga Roa, the island's main town. Once you have checked into the hotel the remainder of your first day will be free. Hanga Roa is a small place with 3800 inhabitants but has excellent facilities such as banks, shops, restaurants and bars. At the port in the middle of town you will be immediately greeted by your first moai – Ahu Tautira. There is much to see and do if free time is available. To the north of town are some scenic spots complete with more moai, as well as the Sebastian Englebert Museum of Anthropology – a good place to get acquainted with the Easter Island story.
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
The fee for entry to Rapa Nui National Park is included in the price of this trip. You do not need to pay it upon arrival at Mataveri Airport. Your local guide will provide you with the necessary documentation. Please look for a person at the airport holding up a sign with your name on it for your transfer.
After breakfast, you will join other travellers on a guided excursion around Easter Island. The island covers an area of 117 square kilometres, so it is quite manageable to see most of the island in a day. You'll leave Hanga Roa and travel along the south coast to Ahu Vaihu, where you will see eight large toppled moai lying face down on the ground. You'll then continue to Rano Raraku, a large volcano also known as 'the nursery of the moai' because the statues around the island were cut from the stones that came from this quarry. Around this area can be found a 21 metre high moai, the largest one ever carved. At Ahu Tongariro, you will be faced with the impressive sight of 15 restored moai right on the coastline. The originals were destroyed by a huge tidal wave in 1960. Along the north coast is Anakena, a beautiful sandy beach with swaying palm trees. However, as with many significant spots on Easter Island, there is a moai nearby standing guard in its own inimitable fashion.
Included Activities
  • Hanga Roa - Anakena day trip & picnic lunch
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
In the morning you will join other travellers on a visit to Orongo Ceremonial Village, which is set in a dramatic location 400 metres high on a ridge with the ocean on one side and the crater lake of Rano Kau on the other. It contains remnants of art relating to a birdman cult that has been around on the island for centuries. Nearby are a few moai at Ahu Vinapu. In the afternoon you will travel to Akivi and view the seven moai that overlook the site of an ancient village and out west towards the setting sun.
Included Activities
  • Hanga Roa - Ana Te Pahu cave & Ahu Tahai ceremonial site
  • Hanga Roa - Orongo Ceremonial Village
  • Hanga Roa - Ahu Akivi seven moais
  • Hanga Roa - Rano Kau volcano
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your Short Break Adventure will come to an end today after breakfast. You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. Please ensure we are advised of your flight details when booking your Easter Island experience.
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Departure Transfer
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

3 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (3 nights)

Included activities

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Hanga Roa - Anakena day trip & picnic lunch
  • Hanga Roa - Ana Te Pahu cave & Ahu Tahai ceremonial site
  • Hanga Roa - Orongo Ceremonial Village
  • Hanga Roa - Ahu Akivi seven moais
  • Hanga Roa - Rano Kau volcano
  • Complimentary Airport Departure Transfer

Dates & availability

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Important notes

All travellers on Intrepid trips (outside Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands) are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. From 1 December 2021, all travellers on Intrepid trips, including in Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands, are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Read details here.

1. This Short Break Adventure is a ‘join in’ group departure, which means you are not accompanied by an Intrepid group leader – our local representative fills this role – and the configuration of any fellow travellers in the group might change during the trip.
2. This trip will run with a minimum of one person and a maximum of 30 passengers, so you may be joined by other travellers booked on the same date as you, or you may be on your own. This trip is operated by one of our local partners in Easter Island and therefore you may be joined by a mixture of Intrepid-booked passengers and other travellers during activities. Information may be delivered in English and Spanish, or just English depending on the requirements of the group.
3. This trip includes return airport transfers, please advise us of your flight details at time of booking.

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