Sunrise at Ahu Tongariki Easter Island with Tapati 2017 logo

Tapati Rapa Nui Festival 2017

Ariki candidate Tapati Rapa Nui 2017
Tiare Faundez Pakarati Ariki candidate Tapati Rapa Nui 2017
Ariki candidate Tapati Rapa Nui 2017
Tahira Nahoe Nhaura Ariki candidate Tapati Rapa Nui 2017

The dates of the next edition of the Tapati Rapa Nui are officially confirmed. The 49th version of the festival will be held from January 27th to February 12th, 2017. The main reason for the celebration is the election of the queen of Tapati. Two candidates for the title supported by their families, friends and visitors are presented. Each group forms an alliance that will face the other through a series of competitions, evoking the ancient rivalries between clans who ruled the island.

The group which gets more points for its representative will have the symbolic right to rule on the island for the rest of the year. Participation in the festival by the island inhabitants is massive. Everyone gets involved with pride and enthusiasm and many spend their time and energy preparing and rehearsing throughout the year. That support for this party spreads to the visitor who is invited to participate by supporting one group, living a unique and unforgettable experience. If you do not want to miss this great party and want to get good prices for your ticket, we recommend that you book a flight to Easter Island well in advance, as demand for these dates is very high and prices soar.

Aito candidate Tapati RApa Nui 2017
Petero Avaka Teao Aito candidate Tapati RApa Nui 2017
Aito candidate Tapati Rapa Nui 2017
Christopher Araki Rapu Aito candidate Tapati Rapa Nui 2017

 

 

 

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National park ticket check at Ahu Tongariki

Radical change to Rapa Nui National Park ticket routine

Since this Monday Feb 8, the ticket check routine for entering archaeological areas in the Rapa Nui national park have radically changed. Tourists may now be asked to display the national park ticket at all of the archaeological highlights of Easter Island, as opposed to only in Orongo and Rano Raraku. The new sites are:

  • Vaihu
  • Akahanga
  • Ahu Tongariki
  • Te Pito Kura
  • Puna Pau
  • Ahu Akivi
  • Ana Te Pahu

Tickets will not be stamped at these sites and tourists may enter these additional sites as may times as they want, as long as they can display the ticket.

Red dots mark new places where tickets may be checked. Blue dots mark the sites where tickets always have been checked.
Red dots mark new places where tickets may be checked. Blue dots mark the sites where tickets always have been checked.

 

CONAF park ranger shack Te Pito Kura.
Shacks have been put up all over the island to shelter CONAF park rangers from the sun.

This is a new project of CONAF in which they have received funds to employ helpers to do ticket checks at the additional sites. Current funds will last for three months, and after this period it will be decided if it should continue or being aborted.

What do you think of this? Is this an improvement, or is it a step backwards? Share your thoughts below!

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