Mysterious Moai

Easter Island Extension

February 23 to 28, 2022
Cost: $2,230
Leader: Josefina ‘Josie’ Nahoe Mulloy
Group Size: 8
Days: 3

Safari Overview

Join us on an exciting extension where you’ll stroll amongst the monolithic moai statues of Easter Island, carved from basalt lava by Polynesian settlers centuries ago. Visit abandoned settlements, explore ceremonial centers, and take a boat ride for a different perspective of the island, where you might see petroglyphs painted high on the cliffs above. Come along for an unforgettable journey of exploration into the history of Easter Island (Rapa Nui).

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Learn about Easter Island’s moai statues and the tangata manu competition where rulership of Easter Island was defined through a ritual race for a bird egg.

SAFARI OPTIONS

This is a post-trip extension to our Chile and Argentina trip from February 11 to 24, 2022. The information in this itinerary is supplemental to the main itinerary.

Itinerary updated: June 2020



Print Trip
Date Description Lodge Meals
Feb 23 Fly from Punta Arenas to Santiago from our Chile and Argentina trip. Santiago Airport Holiday Inn D
Feb 24 Fly to Easter Island and tour Ahu Akivi and Ahu Tahai. Hotel Altiplanico, Easter Island B,L,D
Feb 25 Spend a full day exploring historical sites. Hotel Altiplanico, Easter Island B,L,D
Feb 26 Explore Orongo village and Ahu Vinapus and take boat ride. Hotel Altiplanico, Easter Island B,L,D
Feb 27 Free morning to visit local crafts market and anthropological museum. Fly to Santiago for flights home. B
Feb 28 Arrive home.

Our Trip Leaders

Josefina Nahoe Mulloy

Josie is the daughter of a Rapa Nui father and an American mother, and granddaughter of American archeologist William Mulloy who is responsible for the majority of the island’s archeological restoration. She offers unique perspective, insight, and personal history to Easter Island. After growing up and receiving an education in the US, she relocated to Easter Island and shortly thereafter received Top Guide of the Year in all of Chile. She is regarded not only as the one of most insightful guides on the island, but also the most fun, and she looks forward to sharing the mystery of Rapa Nui with you.

Detailed Itinerary

A glimpse into our journey

Travel from our Chile and Argentina trip

Feb 23

Fly from Punta Arenas to Santiago from our Chile and Argentina trip. Your hotel is conveniently located right outside the airport, so once you you get your luggage and go through customs, walk across the street to check in.

Fly to Easter Island and tour Ahu Akivi and Ahu Tahai

Feb 24

Fly 2,360mi across the Pacific Ocean to Easter Island, where our local guide will meet you to begin exploring this famous island. The island is compact, taking less than an hour to drive from one end to the other. Historic sites are abundant around the island, each featuring unique stories and photo opportunities. Spend the afternoon touring Ahu Akivi and Ahu Tahai.

Ahu Akivi
One of the few ahu (platform) built in the interior of the island rather than on the coast, Ahu Akivi’s seven moai look out towards the ocean, directly facing the sun during the spring and autumn equinox. Oral tradition says the moai at Ahu Akivi represent the young explorers sent to investigate the island before it was colonized.

Ahu Tahai
Located within walking distance of your lodge, this site contains three ahu (from north to south): Ko Te Riku (moai with restored eyes), Tahai, and Vai Ure.

Spend a full day exploring historical sites

Feb 25

You’ll spend a full day touring Rano Raraku and Puna Pau, Ahu Tongariki, and Ahu Akahanga.

Rano Raraku and Puna Pau
Rano Raraku is an extinct volcano that contains Puna Pau, the quarry from which all moai were carved. Half-finished or half-buried statues lie all around the site, each with its own unique design or face.

Ahu Tongariki
The largest restored ahu on Easter Island with fifteen moai, including the heaviest ever erected on the island.

Ahu Akahanga
This ahu is the burial site of the first king of Easter Island. In most ahu, the moai lie face down, but here you can find them both face-up and face-down.

Explore Orongo village and Ahu Vinapus and take boat ride

Feb 26

Spend the morning at Orongo Village and Ahu Vinapu, and, weather permitting, enjoy an afternoon boat trip to the motus (islets).

Orongo village and petroglyphs
Situated high on a cliff overlooking the motus on the southwest end of Easter Island, Orongo is a stone village, ceremonial center, and traditional site of the tangata manu, a dangerous annual competition between the clans of Easter Island. Last held in 1867, the tangata manu competition began when the islanders expected sooty terns to return to nest. Each clan leader chose a member to race and be the first to get and return a sooty tern egg. Contestants scrambled down the steep rock face, braved sharks while swimming across to Motu Nui, then waited on the islet, often for days or weeks, until a sooty tern laid an egg. Once the first egg was found, the contestant would take the egg and race back – all while keeping the egg intact in a reed basket attached to his forehead. The winning clan leader gained prestige and power as the birdman, shaved his head, and lived in ceremonial seclusion for a year, while his clan gained sole rights to collect the eggs and birds of Motu Nui for the season. Look along the cliff for petroglyphs revealing the famous birdman motif.

Ahu Vinapu
The ceremonial center of Vinapu includes one of the larger ahu on the island, which has extraordinary stonemasonry consisting of large and carefully fitted slabs of basalt, reminiscent of those of the Incas in Peru.

Free morning before flying to Santiago

Feb 27

Enjoy a free morning to peruse the local craft or main street markets for souvenirs, visit the Sebastian Englert anthropological museum, or walk along the coast. Then fly back to Santiago to connect with flights home.

Arrive home

Feb 28

Easter Island Extension

Join us on an exciting mysterious moai journey to Easter Island.

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Cost & Payments

Costs (in US$)

Type Cost Per Person
Trip Cost, double occupancy $2,230
Single Supplement $490

Costs are per person, double occupancy, not including airfare, singles extra. See Included and Not Included sections for more details.


Payment Schedule

Payment Due Date Amount Per Person
Payment is due with your main trip’s final payment; see its trip itinerary for details.


Cancellations

Cancellations are non-transferrable. No refunds are given after the Final Payment due date.

Included

  • All leaders, transport, park entry fees, and permits for all activities unless described as optional.
  • Accommodations for the nights of February 23 through February 26.
  • Meals from dinner on February 23 through breakfast on February 27.
  • On February 23 and February 24, your hotel is across the street from the Santiago Airport, so you may walk to the hotel or airport. Transfers between your hotel and Mataveri International Airport on Easter Island on February 24 and February 27.
  • Boat trip.
  • Bottled water.
  • Trip Materials – information about flights, packing, entry and departure requirements, airport transfers, gratuities, etc.

Not Included

  • One-way flight from Punta Arenas to Santiago (approximately $180) and round-trip flights between Santiago and Easter Island (approximately $1,750); we’ll add the flight cost to your final trip balance.
  • Gratuities – tipping is always discretionary. However, we suggest budgeting about $10 to $15 per participant per day for February 24 to 26 with our leaders (about $30 to $45 total per participant).
  • Emergency medical and evacuation insurance and trip cancellation insurance. For more information see travel insurance.
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, medical costs or hospitalization, room service, alcoholic and other beverages, items not on the regular menu, etc. If you have special dietary needs, please indicate them on your Reservation Form.

Climate

On Easter Island, it will be warm and slightly humid, with a cooling ocean breeze. Temperatures average in the low 80s°F but could reach into the 90s°F with little chance of rain.

Fitness Level

Flights

Unless listed as included, airfare is not included in trip costs. Detailed logistical information and the contact information for our recommended flight-ticketing agent are included in the Trip Materials we will send you. Please let us know if you are arriving earlier or staying later as we are happy to assist you with any extra overnights that you might want to arrange.

Flights you (or a travel agent) book: Arrive in El Calafate, Argentina (FTE) by 7:00pm on February 12 in time for dinner. Depart from Santiago, Chile (SCL) after 9:30pm on February 27.

Flights we book for you: The one-way flight from Punta Arenas to Santiago and round-trip flights between Santiago and Easter Island; we’ll add the flight costs to your final trip balance.

FAQ

Accommodations

Seasickness

Don’t let a fear of seasickness scare you away! We have one boat trip, so it’s a good idea to bring medication if you get seasick or are unsure. Read our suggestions for coping with seasickness and contact us if you have any concerns.

Transportation

Conditions

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