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Easter Island Full-Day Tour: Ahu Tongariki, Rano Raraku and Anakena Beach

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Easter Island, Chile
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8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English and 1 more

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Discover the dramatic beauty and rich history of Easter Island on a captivating full-day tour from Hanga Roa. Admire an intriguing tableau of iconic ‘moai’ sculptures with an experienced archeologist guide; explore the volcanic slopes and dramatic quarry of Rano Raraku; and marvel at the sacred ceremonial sites in Ahu Akahanga. Conclude your enriching exploration while reclining on the blissful beach of Anakena for a tranquil finish.
  • Full-day tour of southeastern and northeastern Easter Island
  • Visit the ceremonial sites of Ahu Akahanga, Ahu Tongariki, Ahu Te Pito Kura and Ahu Nau Nau
  • Trek to a quarry near the Rano Raraku volcano, where moai were made
  • Relax and swim at Anakena Beach
  • Learn Rapa Nui history and walk among hundreds of moai
  • BBQ lunch and round-trip transport from Hanga Roa hotels included
Depart from your Hanga Roa hotel to begin your journey into the heart of Easter Island’s historical legacy. Venture to Ahu Akahanga in an air-conditioned minivan alongside your accomplished archeologist guide; explore the enthralling grounds, visiting the 59-foot (18-meter) platform to discover a dozen moai statues and the reputed burial ground of King Hoto Matu’a.

After thorough exploration of the curious scene, follow the curvaceous coastline to Ahu Tongariki, the island’s largest ceremonial site. Marvel at the prominent postures of the 15 maoi sculptures, learning about the violent tsunami that almost destroyed the site in 1960.

Next, venture inland to the visionary volcanic slopes of Rao Raraku to appreciate the rugged beauty and selection of sculptures. Enjoy an exhilarating hike into the stone pit of the quarry, observing the partially buried torsos and protruding heads of over 300 statues.

Pleasure your palate with a flavorsome and fulfilling barbeque lunch on inviting grassland, savoring the rich flavors of grilled chicken, fresh fish, crispy salad and fluffy rice. Revitalized, head to the renowned site of Ahu Te Pito Kura to see the largest moai statue ever erected; marvel at the 33-foot (9.8-meter) tall sculpture that weighs 82 tons (74 metric tons) and become intrigued as our guide firects your attention to a round magnetic stone, referred to as the ‘navel of the world.’

Arrive at your final stop of Anakena after a short and scenic drive; admire the series of vibrant statues before relaxing upon the silken sands of the beautiful beach. Swim in the crystal clear waters and appreciate the vibrant red of the volcanic rocks before returning to your hotel in the comfortable minivan.

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If you have very limited time on the...
Eacata G
, Jul 2018
If you have very limited time on the island and are really only interested in going to X site and taking pictures before moving on to the next site, then this is a great tour. The tour visits some amazing places and there is time to take pictures but that's about it. The tour is very perfunctory, with the guide/driver requiring everyone to stand in specific places while he recited the required information before moving on to the next spot. It was clearly all from a script - when I asked a question about a site that we passed that we were not visiting, I was told that it wasn't relevant for the tour. There is no time to really explore most of the sites that are visited and a lot of time is wasted trotting behind the guide as he walked to the next lecture point. The lunch was OK but definitely not worth the increased costs. And given that it was winter, stopping at the beach for almost 2 hours was a big waste of time, especially since we had just had lunch and so you couldn't even use up time by having lunch. Not worth the price and there are better tours out there - look up Easter Island Tours instead.
This was one of the best tour I have...
Ljiljana P
, Mar 2018
This was one of the best tour I have done. Very well organaised, very informative with very friendly group. Guide was great and answered all questions any pf us asked about Rapa Nui people and their history.!!! Ljiljana
I had great hopes for this tour with...
Shelly H
, Feb 2018
I had great hopes for this tour with a driver and a local Rapa Nui guide. It turned out to be minimal information/photo stops. The tour was conducted in Spanish and English. When the Spanish speaking folks asked a question, they got a lengthy answer which was never translated for the English speaking folks. The stop at the beach and the lunch were great. This was a third day tour for me so I knew we weren't getting a lot of information. It is a nice tour if you have only one day to see the highlights.
Nice tour. Just make sure to get your...
Luke R
, Jan 2018
Nice tour. Just make sure to get your park pass beforehand!
Excellent tour. Highlight of our visit...
Jorge G
, Jan 2018
Excellent tour. Highlight of our visit to Easter Island.
Good 1 day tour!! Went with about...
Marcella S
, Dec 2017
Good 1 day tour!! Went with about 15 others. The day was beautiful and enjoyed the hikes and free time to explore on your own. Lunch was fine. So much history on such a small island. Loved it.
The sights are beautiful, and the...
Enrique O
, Nov 2017
The sights are beautiful, and the guide has a great personality, but there are some issues in translation that don't allow to connect with all the history sorrounding the island's history.
I only had one full day on Easter...
Jessica b
, Jul 2017
I only had one full day on Easter island, this tour was amazing because it took us to all the main sites, the tour guide spoke good English and gave us knowledge about the sites we went to, our bus driver looked like Indiana jones which made it feel more like an adventure. Anakena beach was amazing very tropical with palm trees, but I wish we had more time there, it was our last stop before heading back, we only had about half an hour to go for a swim and relax on the beach. My favourite place was rano raraku, which was where they carved out most of the islands Maoi statues, it was a hill surrounded by Maoi statues and amazing to see most of the statues were half buried in the dirt and made it an exciting place to visit, there was one statue which was the, biggest on the island standing at 8 meters high.
This tour was a great way to...
Jonathan M
, Jun 2017
This tour was a great way to experience the major sights of the island. Wonderful tour guide and excellent info provided. The quarry was definitely the highlight!
Very good tour and guide, loved it...
Ron B
, Mar 2017
Very good tour and guide, loved it, the lunch was not up to standard, mine was fed to the cats under the table.

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