WHY THIS TRIP
The Easter Island Rapa Nui Explorer is a collection of small group tours across the Island’s diverse highlights. The archaeological treasures here are scattered throughout the Island and as you explore there, there is much more to see in the National Park that you also visit. This program is suited for those who want to discover the richness of Rapa Nui’s history, natural environs, and culture without blowing their entire vacation budget.
From vast crater lakes and the ruins of ceremonial sites to the spectacular coastline and haunting moai statues, Easter Island is definitely worthy of any travelers bucket list. Among its soft green hill you find caves decorated with ancient paintings, unfinished stone heads resting in their quarries, and ritual sites of a bygone civilization. Along the coast, you walk to rocky cliffs, a vibrant Island town, and white sand beaches. This stunning Island contains more than you can possibly explore in a week, but this diverse tour will let you discover the highlights and little-known treasures of Rapa Nui.
With your trained, bi-lingual guide, you will visit a variety of archaeological sites (like ceremonial sites and moai statues) and natural features every day. You start with a visit to several Ahus, or sacred places, where the moai statues were erected and a quarry where the massive stone heads still lay partially finished. You also visit a massive crater lake at the top of an extinct volcano and have an excellent view of rolling hills extending to the ocean. Later, you tour an ancient village where the famed birdman ceremonies took place and you’ll find well-preserved petroglyphs of Easter Island’s ancient inhabitants. Of course, you also have time to relax and explore the Island’s lovely beaches; for those who want even more activity, there is an optional snorkeling excursion one afternoon.
Your base is a simple three-star hotel in the main town of Hanga Roa where the vast majority of Easter Island’s inhabitants live. Here, you can relax in the town’s laid-back vibe and mellow charm. Your hotel’s proximity to the coast, well-tended gardens, and outdoor provide a relaxing ambiance. Altogether, this tour is designed to let you discover the diverse wonders of Easter Island and leave the rest of the world behind.
- Superb Moai Stone Statues
- South Pacific Beaches
- Ancient Ruins
- Beautiful Volcanoes
- Mysterious Craters and Lakes
- Early Religious Sites
LOCAL PROVIDER: CASCADA EXPEDICIONES
Since 1991 Cascada Expediciones has been offering eco-friendly opportunities for travelers to let go of normal life and refresh with energizing connections to nature. With a strong focus on providing innovative, high-quality experiences — trips in which each traveler enjoys every moment of a trip — Cascada has refreshed nearly 30,000 people. Headquartered in Santiago, a trip of a lifetime with Cascada can include activities ranging from trekking, mountaineering, horseback riding, biking, rafting, fly fishing, kayaking, skiing, wildlife safari and photography, multisport itineraries to winery tours. In engaging the outdoors Cascada-style, every traveler is made to feel relaxed and energized by each activity; nourished rather than weary.
More good feeling comes in knowing the money spent on a Cascada trip stays in the Chilean economy. Moreover, the money stays with a company and people who have a deep respect for the environment. The staff and guides live an eco-friendly life, sharing the environmentally sustainable philosophy put into practice over the life of the company. So firm in its understanding of nature’s importance, Cascada became a carbon neutral company in 2008 and, between June 2009 and 2010, offset more than 183 tons of CO2 emissions. With a goal of becoming entirely CO2-free, Cascada encourages its travelers, suppliers and shareholders to help by standing by its philosophy.