Easter Island Ritual and Fantasy
4 days / 3 nights Code: CAK004
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"The Hotel Manavai was amazing, the staff, the location was probably the best on Easter Island"
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Polynesian fantasy and ritual. Easter island 4 days package visiting Rano Kau volcano, Orongo temple, Ahu Akivi y more.
Departure: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (arriving before 13:00 Hrs.), Sunday.
Includes the following tours and services:
- Arrival: Reception at Mataveri Airport and transfer to Hotel.
- Excursion to Ahu Akivi:
We initiate the tour about 3 pm from Hanga Roa's settlement visiting Ahu Vinapu. It was used for the islanders in the year 1.200 A.C. it includes 3 Ahu. The first has 6 moais demolished and painted of red color. The second one has a supposedly feminine moai which had two heads. Finally, the third and the most ancient moai has only removed stones. We will continue our way to the quarry Puna Pau, archaeological site to the east of Hanga Roa. It is a small crater of red dross, from where were obtained the Pukao or hats with which were crowned the moais. Along its antique exit way, there are some incomplete and abandoned moais. We will go on our tour towards Ahu Akivi, the first Ahu restored by the science in the island in the year 1960. The platform with 7 moais is characterized for being one of the few ones located in the center of the island, with its statues facing the rising sun. According the legend, these 7 moais would represent 7 exploratory young men sent before Hotu Matua'a's arrival to investigate the island. Our adventure takes to us to the cavern of Te Pahu, a place used as housing and as temporary refuge in war times. Then, we will return to Hanga Roa, total duration 3,5 hours.
- Full day excursion:
Departing from Hanga Roa's town at about 9:30 am, going to the southeast and northeast coast of the Island visiting the Ahu Vaihu temple, which is located 10 km from Hanga Roa. It consists of a stone platform with 8 Moais and 8 pukao dispersed in the proximities. Then, we will go to Ahu Akahanga, the also called as the "platform of the king". The legend tells that Hotu Matua'a's tomb is near this place. There, we will find 4 platforms, 12 Moais, 8 Pukao and towards the interior of this Ahu; it is possible to see the best preserved village of the island.
Later, we will go to Ahu Tongariki, with 15 moais being the biggest Ahu of the island. Then, we will meet Ahu Te Pito Kura, which possesses the highest statue of the island raised in an Ahu, the moai Paro (10 meters of height and 85 tons with a Pukao of 11,5 tons). Close to this ceremonial temple is the great spherical stone that is identified as the center of the universe (Te Pito o Te Henua), as the legend tells, it was brought to the island by Hotu Matua'a in his craft.
Later, we will arrive to Ahu Nau Nau, temple of a complex construction due to its different levels where we will find 5 Moais with Pukao. There, we will see petroglyphs in the backs of the statues. We will continue our excursion to the volcano and quarry Rano Raraku, where there was carved most of the moais of the island using the volcanic rock of its hillsides. There are an estimated number of 400 moais in several stages of carved.
To finish our adventure, we will go to Anakena's wonderful beach. It is a beach of white sands chosen for the arrival of the Ariki Hotu Matua'a and his sister Avareipua. Anakena corresponds to the name of a small cave of an adjacent gully.
Return to the populated Hanga Roa, total duration 8 hours.
- Excursion to Orongo:
We will begin our tour at about 8:30 am from Hanga Roa to Tahai's Archaeological Complex, ceremonial center with 3 Ahu, Ahu Vai Uri with 5 moais, Ahu Tahai with 1 moai, and Ahu Lo Te Riku with 1 moai. From this site the visitors can appreciate wonderful landscapes. Then, we will go to Orongo's ceremonial city, ancient ceremonial city located in the west summit of the volcano Rano Kau. It is composed by approximately 53 houses of elliptical shape with flagstone walls and a small square access looking at the sea. In this place were realized the most important ceremony of the second period of the island, the Tangata Manu (“the bird man”). It was carried out until approximately 150 years ago, with the arrival of the first Christian missionaries. In addition, we will visit the Ana Kai Tangata sector. Return to Hanga Roa, total duration 3,5 hours.
- Farewell: Transfer from Hotel to Mataveri Airport.
End of our Services.
- Geology and Volcanoes
- Mystic Routes
Today rates(May/01/2014 until Jul/31/2014)
Rates in USD (US Dollars), per person
- USD Dollar
- CLP Chilean Peso
- Welcome with Flower necklace.
- 3 nights lodging in hotel in Easter Island with Continental breakfast.
- The excursion to Ahu Akivi takes place on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.
- The full day excursion takes place on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
- The excursion to Orongo takes place on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. Sundays for a minimum of 2 people
Does not includes:
- Air ticket.
- Park entrance fee, which must be paid directly on the island (USD 63.-).
- Personal travel insurance.
- Extras not indicated.