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Rapa Nui Full-Day Tour Anakena

by Gray Line Chile
per adult Price is $91
Duration: 8h Free cancellation available No Booking Fees E-voucher (printout not required) Offered in: English Offered in: English

Highlights

  • Full-day guided tour of Easter Island's history & landscapes

  • UNESCO-listed Rapa Nui National Park's ancient sanctuaries

  • Chance to see Tongariki's giant ocean-facing moai statues

  • Rano Raraku volcano—stone quarry & more than 390 monoliths

  • Blue expanses & white-coral sand at Anakena beach

Highlights

  • Full-day guided tour of Easter Island's history & landscapes

  • UNESCO-listed Rapa Nui National Park's ancient sanctuaries

  • Chance to see Tongariki's giant ocean-facing moai statues

  • Rano Raraku volcano—stone quarry & more than 390 monoliths

  • Blue expanses & white-coral sand at Anakena beach

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9:00 AM, Tour in English, includes Food and Drinks

Duration 8h

Live Commentary in English and Spanish (bilingual tour guide)

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Total price is $91, taxes included

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Rapa Nui Full-Day Tour Anakena

Activity Location

Easter Island

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Hotel Pickup

    Hanga Roa


Description

On your sightseeing adventure, you'll come across moai, stone giants that on average stand 13 feet (4 meters) tall and weigh 14 tons (13 metric tons). Said to represent ancestral spirits or preeminent tribal figures, some moai are placed upon ahu, or ceremonial sites.

After hotel pickup, your guide takes you to Ahu Akahanga, located on the southeastern coast of the island. Unlike most ahu, Akahanga has not been restored, allowing you to stumble upon the area as European explorers first did. The platform, about 59 feet (18 meters) long, originally contained about a dozen moai and is believed to be the burial site of Polynesian king Hoto Matu’a.

Walk about the grounds sprawled with overturned moai that have pukao, decorative head topknots, with tribal fighting providing one explanation for this curious scene.

Next, head north up the coastline to Ahu Tongariki, the largest ceremonial site with an impressive row of 15 upright moai. Learn how a tsunami in 1960 sent these statues, some weighing 30 tons (27 metric tons), flying several hundred feet inland. Restoration of this site took five years and was completed in 1992.

Then travel inland to Rano Raraku, where on its volcanic slopes Rapa Nui sculptors had carved moai from volcanic stone before moving about one third of them to various ahu. Many of the island’s 800-plus moai remain in the quarry and close by; as you trek with your guide toward the stone pit, you’ll see poking up from the grassy earth hundreds of moai heads or partially buried torsos.

Enjoy a barbecue lunch (provided) at a nearby camping area, which includes chicken and other meats, fish, salad, rice, fruit and water. A vegetarian option can be arranged upon request. You’ll spend about 2.5 hours in total at Rano Raraku with lunch time.

Along the northern coast, reach your final stop at Anakena and explore the extremely well-preserved seven moai of Ahu Nau Nau, four of them wearing pukao. At this site, archaeologists located one nearly complete coral eye, inlaid with red volcanic scoria stone.

Your sightseeing complete, swim or stroll along Anakena, one of the few white sand beaches on the island, for about 30 minutes before being transported back to your hotel. Or feel free to stay longer, and your guide will arrange a cab ride for you (own expense) when you’re ready to return to your accommodation. Changing rooms with showers are available on site for a small fee.On your sightseeing adventure, you


Inclusions

  • Guided tour of Easter Island

  • Lunch

  • Roundtrip transportation to and from your Hanga Roa hotel

  • Commentary in English and Spanish


Exclusions

  • Admission to National Park


Know Before You Book

  • Children 2 and younger are complimentary.


Rapa Nui Full-Day Tour Anakena ratings based on 10 Verified Reviews

Expedia Verified Reviews

4.4 out of 5

5/5 Oct 25, 2019

Daniela, of Mahakitour.cl, was absolutely amazing. Fantastic guide, super knowledgeable and experienced. The tour was well planned and timed, setting just the right amount of time in each location. The tour was in a small minibus with seven of us. I would highly recommend Daniela.

3/5 May 1, 2019

The areas covered in the trip are great; however, the timings could be improved upon. I don't know if all the tours have scheduled arrivals so that each site is not inundated, but we were all done with the site where they carved the Moai and lunch and were basically all just sitting waiting on park benches for about 45 minutes before we were allowed to move on to Tongariki where I think most people would have liked to have more time. Then it was raining when we got to Anakena and the others did not want to swim and so that ended up with most people just sitting about waiting also. It would be nice if the tours could adjust to the weather and/or when a group is done early either all agree to go back earlier or add another backup site to visit.