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How to Spend 3 Days on Easter Island

How to Spend 3 Days on Easter Island

At less than 20 miles (30 km) long, getting around the sights of Rapa Nui couldn’t be easier, but with so many sights and so much history to unravel, you’d regret rushing your visit. Three days in Easter Island is ideal, giving you ample opportunity to check out all the main attractions and time left over to explore off the beaten path. 

Day 1: Discover the Cult of the Birdman

Once you’ve settled into your accommodation in Hanga Roa, the island’s only substantial town, get your bearings with a wander around the town center and soak up the scenery around the fishing harbor before heading south to Ana Kai Tangata cave. The imposing black-rock cavern is best known for its colorful Manutara bird paintings, and this will be your first introduction to the bizarre Birdman ceremony once celebrated by the native Polynesian islanders. Next up is the coastal village of Orongo, the ceremonial home of the Cult of the Birdman, perched on the edge of the magnificent Ranu Kau volcano and offering spectacular views out to sea. 

Day 2: Meet the Moai

There are 887 gigantic statues, or moai, dotted around the island, some reaching up to 46 feet (14 meters) tall and weighing over 30 tons. Viewing the enigmatic artworks will likely be the highlight of your trip. Check out some of the most unique sites–the Tahai complex, where you’ll see the only statue on the island with painted eyes; the red stone quarry of Puna Pau, where the moai’s “pukao” headdresses were sculpted; and the seven moai of Ahu Akivi, the only moai that face the ocean—then spend the afternoon swimming and snorkeling on the idyllic beach of Anakena.

Day 3: The Star Attraction

Make an early start and arrive at the famous Ahu Tongariki in time to watch the sunrise—a dramatic photo opportunity with its 15 gigantic moai silhouetted against the rising sun. This is the biggest and most renowned of all Easter Island’s moai sites, with the ceremonial platform stretching 650 feet (200 meters) along the seafront. Next pay a visit to the vast quarry of Rano Raraku, where the huge moai stones were carved and hundreds still remain, including the largest moai ever made. Then head to the nearby temple of Akahanga, the burial site of the island’s founder, King Hotu Matu’a.

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Rapa Nui Traditional Dinner and Show

Rapa Nui Traditional Dinner and Show

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Capture the captivating culture of Easter Island during a popular Polynesian dinner and show from Hanga Roa. Gain fascinating insight into the customs and cuisine of the Rapa Nui culture as your knowledgeable guide provides enthralling explanations; learn about ‘umu pae’, an ancient culinary practice involving hot volcanic stones; feast upon a delicious selection of dishes inspired by regional specialties; and experience a musical spectacle of dance and color during a performance that illuminates the Rapa Nui history. Convenient round-trip transportation from our hotel is included in the tour.
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Orongo, Ahu Vinapu and Rano Kau Half Day Tour

Orongo, Ahu Vinapu and Rano Kau Half Day Tour

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Delve into the mystifying mysteries of Easter Island on an intriguing half-day tour of the southwestern coast. Visit a series of iconic ‘moai’ sculptures at the Tahai ceremonial complex; admire advanced stone masonry in the traditional Orongo village; and venture into the depths of darkened caves to marvel at ancient murals. Watch waves crash against the dramatic cliffs of the coastline and absorb the natural splendor of a crater lake at the colossal Rang Kau volcano, while gaining fascinating insight into the Rapa Nui culture. Convenient round-trip transportation is included from your hotel in Hanga Roa.
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  • 3 hours
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Hanga Roa City Tour

Hanga Roa City Tour

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Start your explorations of mystical Rapa Nui (Easter Island) with this 3-hour city sightseeing tour of Hanga Roa, the island capital, including hotel pick-up. Discover the history of the island’s early settlers and view a rare female moai at the Father Sebastian Englert Anthropological Museum; visit the landmark Church of the Holy Cross; and shop for handicrafts at an authentic artisan market.
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