ACTIVITIES IN EASTER ISLAND
The magical and mysterious Easter Island has many attractions to go and visit. From the enigmatic charm of its archaeological sites to its wonderful beaches, the island is to tour and to enjoy all around, by renting a car, riding horses or just walking around with a bottle of water and sunscreen.
One of the most iconic and unique tours is to know the impressive Moais which can be seen in the ceremonial ahu. On Easter Island there are about 300 ceremonial platforms, including some of the most famous like AhuTongariki, Akivi, NauNau, among others. It is said that a sunset in the AhuTahai is one of the most beautiful that can be seen in the world.
The large quarry of RanoRaraku, with over 400 buried Moais is another place that should be seen on the island. This mysterious place seems frozen in time, as if the work had been abandoned at the time, which is part of one the enigmas of Rapa Nui.
On the slopes of RanoRaraku the Ruta Patrimonial (Heritage Route) begins with 3.31 kilmeters of length and 9 stations. It is a hiking circuit that allows you to climb the volcano and ends at the ceremonial village of Orongo. This road was even once used to access Orongo during the Rite of Tangata Manu.
During the climb you can enjoy wonderful views of the island, plus see exemplaries of native flora and like the toromiros and gnaoho as well as other introduced species such as eucalyptus, guava and lúcumas.
Walking around the Rapa Nui beaches is another activity that must be done. Anakena is a tropical paradise of white sands, warm turquoise waters and palm trees in the background. Here, in addition to resting and relaxing, the more adventurous activities include sailing, scuba diving and sport fishing.
Another popular beach is Ovahe with spectacular cliffs and reddish sands. It is a sector with strong waves, so caution is recommended, but the landscapes are simply unforgettable.
Being in Rapa Nui you cannot miss a show of traditional music and dance. There are many shows including dances, ceremonies and food from the area, as the Polynesian "curanto", based on different types of fish and seafood.
Horseback riding is another activity that takes place on the island, where there are even horses that are not stabled. This trip lets you experience the trails of Rapa Nui from another perspective, experiencing the freedom of the horse. In these excursions you can reach the Maunga Terevaka volcano crater, which is the highest point of the whole island, 580 meters above sea level.
Now, if Easter Island is visited during the month of February, you can enjoy the traditional festival of Tapati Rapa Nui, where athletic contests, election of the Queen of Rapa Nui, food sampling and crafts, dances, music and much more are performed. Since this is one of the most attractive island activities, we recommend booking flights and accommodation months in advance.