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.