1. Chile
  2. Easter Island
  3. Hanga Roa
  4. Anakena

Easter Island: Rapa Nui Full Day Tour to Anakena Beach

Product ID: 202933
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See the famous Ahu stone sculpture temples, incredible landscapes, and history of the moai, gigantic human figure statues sculpted by the indigenous Rapa Nui. Discover the original ceremonial site of Ahu Akahanga and ponder over its toppled moai.
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Duration: 8 hours
Starting time 9:00 AM
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Spanish, English

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Experience

Highlights
  • Relax on the white sand beach of Anakena
  • Enjoy a full- day tour to Anakena Beach and Ahu temples
  • Discover the ceremonial site of Ahu Akahanga and ponder over its toppled moai
  • View the restored statues at Ahu Tongariki
  • Explore the volcanic slopes and quarry of Rano Raraku
Full description
Start this shore excursion from the port to experience the beauty, mystery and dramatic scenery of Easter Island. A full-day tour to Anakena, a white sand beach said to have been the landing point of Polynesian chief Hotu Matu’a who first settled the island. On this experience, 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 the 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 will see poking up from the grassy earth hundreds of moai heads or partially buried torsos.

Enjoy a barbecue lunch 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 will 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 the port. Or feel free to stay longer, and your guide will arrange a cab ride for you at your own expense when you are ready to return to the port. Changing rooms with showers are available on site for a small fee.
Includes
  • Round-trip transfer from Easter Island Pier
  • Transportation insurance
  • Bilingual guide in English and Spanish
  • Lunch
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick up
  • Entrance fee to Rapa Nui National Park, 56 CLP or 80 USD

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Important information
Know before you go
• Entrance fee to the Rapa Nui Park is to be purchased at the Hanga Roa Airport at an additional cost of 80 USD
• Please note that if the ship cannot arrive at the destination due to bad weather and the tour operator is not advised by 24-hours prior at the latest, there is no refund

From US$ 343 per person

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GRAY LINE CHILE

Product ID: 202933