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Travel Easter Island with a tour guide and you will get so much more out of your vacation. Hear fascinating legends and interesting stories from this unique island while making sure you visit all of the highlights and any hidden gems you can dream of in your Easter Island tours.

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Highlights tours

Visit the most essential and important Easter Island sites in our private highlights tours. The sites are reached by vehicle, and we will discover the areas by foot. A professional Easter Island guide with expert knowledge on Rapa Nui history, society and culture will take you on a journey through time around this magical island. As tours are private, you will have all the time in the world to ask questions.

Many appreciate a hike in addition to the highlights tours, to reach the more remote areas of the island.

Tour: Journey of Legends

Stone houses of Orongo birdman village at Rano Kau
  • Duration (approx.)6.5 hours

Experience a journey through time. Learn about the first settlers, and about the rise and fall of the ancient megalithic culture. From ashes of destruction rose a new order, which later lead to the modern life of today.

Visit many fascinating and important sites of different character in the central and south-western areas of Easter Island in this tour.

Combine this with Megaliths to see all of the easily accessible highlights of Easter Island in two days.

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1) Ahu Akivi: The only monument with moais that are looking out towards the sea.

2) Puna Pau: Small volcano where the red scoria stone was quarried for the moai statue topknots - the so called pukao. All of the moai statue pukaos come from this place.

3) Tahai: The tribesmen of this village were remarkably ambitious and hard-working. They raised several statues at three different monuments. A ramp was made to enter the ocean from within the area.

4) Vinapu: The most perfectly fit rock wall, Ahu Tahira, is found in this area. It was engineered with such skill that many draw conclusions on contact with the Inca Empire.

5) Rano Kau: Visit one of the world's most beautiful volcanic craters in this tour. Its sweet water lake served as a drinking water resource in ancient times.

6) Orongo: Ceremonial stone village dedicated to the birdman competition, located at the ridge of volcano Rano Kau.

7) Catholic church: After the birdman era, Christianity arrived. See how modern religion has blended with ancient traditions in the church.

8) Handicraft market: Easter Island is still today a culture of art. Bring an original carving, a t-shirt or jewellery back home to remember your island visit by.

The seven statues of Ahu Akivi are the only ones that face the ocean.
The tunnels of Ana Te Pahu were homes to many families.
All moai statue topknots were made in the quarry Puna Pau.
Ahu Tahira is by far the most perfectly engineered rock wall of Easter Island.
The breathtaking crater of volcano Rano Kau is one of the most stunning landscapes of Rapa Nui.
Strong fortresses were built to house people in strong weather when participating in the yearly birdman competition ceremonies.
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Tour: Megaliths

Rano Raraku, Easter Island moai statue quarry
  • Duration (approx.)6.5 hours

An incredibly advanced level of megalith engineering was reached by the ancient Rapa Nui society. Skills were refined for centuries, and the result is demonstrated in this tour, as the south coast and east side of Rapa Nui is covered. This tour together with Journey of Legends will show all important highlights of Easter Island.

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The Megaliths tour will take you eastward along the south coast, visiting sites along the way that are lesser known, but also have more unique things to show. This will give more diversity in what you see, at the same time as we will avoid the common tour bus route and large crowds. On the east side we will walk among giants in the abandoned moai statue factory, as well as feel the majestic presence of the greatest monument ever built, with its 15 mighty statues. End the day under the palm trees in our most beautiful beach.

1) Vaihu: The main ahu of this area has eight fallen statues.

2) Akahanga: According to legends, this was the biggest village in ancient times, and is also the burial place of the great king Hotu Matu'a, the first king of Easter Island.

3) Rano Raraku: The volcano that was converted into a mass production factory of gigantic megaliths. Virtually all statues were carved here. One day the workers stopped, and the hundreds of statues that were left behind haven't moved since.

4) Ahu Tongariki: The biggest and most impressive monument made with its 15 mighty moais.

5) Te Pito Kura: The biggest statue that was ever raised on an ahu reached a height of almost 10 m. It was the last statue to have been toppled. This is where it lays.

6) Anakena: Have a swim in the Pacific Ocean at the largest beach. In the sand stands a monument with the best preserved restored moais of the entire island. Quite recently they were dug up after centuries of having been buried in the sand.

Hanga Poukura has one of the most well-made ahu rock walls with cut blocks.
Steam of the Hanga Poukura blowhole.
One Makihi is one of the more anonymous sites and offers a beautiful view of fallen statues, with the moai quarry in the background.
Virtually all moais were made in volcanic statue quarry Rano Raraku.
Ahu Tongariki is the biggest monument of Easter Island with its 15 statues.
Enjoy the waters of the Pacific Ocean at the tropic beach of Anakena.
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Tour: Express

Ahu Tongariki with fallen moai statue
  • Duration (approx.)6.5 hours

Do you not have time to visit the whole island? Then this tour is for you. Visit only the most important sites of the Journey of Legends and Megaliths tours.

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1) Orongo: Ceremonial stone village dedicated to the birdman competition, located at the ridge of volcano Rano Kau.

1) Rano Kau: From inside the Orongo village we'll have a view of this volcanic crater. The bottom of the crater has a lake which served as an important drinking water resource in ancient times.

2) Rano Raraku: The volcano that was converted into a mass production factory of gigantic megaliths. Virtually all statues were carved here. One day the workers stopped, and the hundreds of statues that were left behind haven't moved since.

3) Ahu Tongariki: The biggest and most impressive monument of Rapa Nui with its 15 mighty moais.

4) Anakena: End your tour swimming in the Pacific Ocean at our largest and most beautiful beach. In the sand stands a monument with the best preserved restored moais of the entire island. Quite recently they were dug up after centuries of having been buried in the sand.

Strong fortresses were built to house people in strong weather when participating in the yearly birdman competition ceremonies.
Virtually all moais were made in volcanic statue quarry Rano Raraku.
Ahu Tongariki is the biggest monument ever built with its 15 moais.
Enjoy the waters of the Pacific Ocean at the tropic beach of Anakena.
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Hikes tours

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To perform hikes, all participants must have unhindered walking capabilities and be in good health, without medical problems.

Feel the essence of Easter Island by venturing through the most remote areas of Easter Island. Discover hidden caves, breathtaking views and unique archaeological treasures, off the beaten path in the tribal lands of the ancient Rapa Nui people.

Walking is often the only way to reach the distant lands that we go to in our Easter Island hikes, which is why most visitors never get to see these sites.

In addition to our hikes, it's a good idea to also have a look at our highlights tours, in which you'll cover the most common and well-known sites of Rapa Nui.

For the more adventurous who enjoy physical and mental challenges, we suggest our adventure tours.

Tour: Terevaka

Terevaka hike, panoramic Rapa Nui view, old man by tree

Hike to the highest point of the island to enjoy a breathtaking 360 degree unobstructed view of the horizon. The trail is not steep, so the hike is not very strenuous.

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Terevaka is the central volcano that marks the highest point of Easter Island, 500 m above sea level. The hiking tour towards the top of this hill offers beautiful panoramic views. The tour offers nature only and has no archaeology.

At the top of the hill Terevaka the passenger will enjoy a 360° view of the horizon. Since this is the highest point of Rapa Nui, this place is the only place where you can have this view.

The hike tour starts at 140 m of elevation, by Ahu Akivi.

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Tour: Poike

Trachyte Easter Island moai statue at Poike volcano, Rapa Nui

Legends say an ancient people was exterminated in a great battle on this volcano. Hike up the remote volcano Poike to discover many unique traces and caves from long gone times, enjoying one of the best panoramic views of the island.

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Since Poike is positioned at one extreme end of the island, hiking up this volcano in this tour will offer panoramic views in which you can see virtually all of the landmass with surrounding ocean, until the volcano Rano Kau at the other extreme side.

Other than beautiful nature, this hiking tour also offers interesting and unique archaeology sites. The main sites are:

- Vai a Heva: A huge face in the rock that functions as a water receptacle. It's said to have been carved by a widow called Heva. When it rains, the water falls from the eyes down into the mouth, representing her eternal sorrow for the loss of her husband.

- Pū a Kātiki: From the top of Poike you'll have a stunning view of almost the entire landmass, from Terevaka and Ovahe in the north to the distant volcano Rano Kau in the far south-west.

- Trachyte moais: 95% of all statues are made out of tuff; yellowish volcanic ash from Rano Raraku. At the back of Poike, a few gray moais can be found, carved from the heavy and hard rock trachyte. Thanks to the hardness of the material, details on these statues have been preserved that otherwise would have deteriorated a long time ago.

Add-on Camping and BBQ: The amazing, mindful experience of camping and having BBQ in the distant crater of Poike, where nothing else is around, is healing for the mind. Have the whole island of Rapa Nui right in front of you and feel its remoteness with the Pacific Ocean surrounding it on all sides. Enjoy the immortal view of the sun setting over the island from a unique spot. Stars will decorate the sky, before the sun rises on the other side over the vast ocean. You will be given a backpack of 10-15 kg to carry yourself. Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, BBQ, water and beer/wine included.

- Virgin cave: In a dramatic location by the cliffs lies the hidden cave Ana o Keke, often called Virgin Cave. Young girls were imprisoned here in ancient times to obtain a fairer skin. The girls carved images on the cave rock walls that also can be found in the mysterious and undeciphered ancient writing language rongo-rongo. Visitors must not be afraid of heights to enter!

Walking in the remote landscapes of Poike cleanses the mind.
Poike has several unique statues made out of a different rock called trachyte.
A stunning panoramic view of both the north and south coast can be enjoyed from Pū a Katiki, from the top of Poike.
The young girls enclosed in Ana O Keke, Virgin Cave, carved petroglyphs in the walls by the entrance, where light reaches.
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Tour: North Coast

Hanga O Teo, Easter Island north coast hike

Visit the most remote areas of the world's most remote island. Unique archaeological treasures and caves tell stories about a fallen civilization. This coastline's plentiful traces from a dead past make history more live and present than ever.

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Breathe the tranquil atmosphere when venturing into the most remote and inaccessible areas, surrounded only by freely roaming animals and countless abandoned prehistoric remnants in a magical ambient of an ancient past, more present than ever. Journey around the back of the highest volcano in this tour, along the remarkable north coast of Easter Island where there are neither roads nor signs.

The tribes that lived in these remote areas were cut off from the rest of the island. This is why we here find unique statues, part of the rare 5% that are made of local materials, instead of the yellowish tuff from the statue quarry Rano Raraku seen in the highlights tours. Thanks to the isolated location of these areas, the unique archaeology found in areas visited in this tour is often in a very well preserved state; untouched in modern times. Along the way we will not only see archaeology, but also venture through several amazing caves, used as dwellings for the ancient people.

All over will there be ancient pipi horeko towers, ahu platforms and manavai plantation grounds, but the main sites are:

1) Ana Kakenga: Sometimes known as the two windows cave. The ancient people modified the natural entrance to this cave with rocks, leaving only a small rabbit hole in the ground to enter through. The short, pitch black tunnel opens up to a larger chamber and splits into two openings from the cliffs, overlooking the ocean.

2) Ana Te Pora: The inhabitants of this cave sure had a sense for cleanliness. Ana Te Pora has one big open, clean space with a table in the middle and beds along the sides.

3) Te Peu: The isolated location of the village of Te Peu has left its archaeological remains untouched. Many hare paenga or "boat houses" of good condition can be seen here - all built around and facing the two great ahu platforms in the lower parts of the area. In such a complete village it is not hard to imagine the every day life of its former inhabitants.

4) Ma'itaki Te Moa: The valley of Ma'itaki Te Moa is a settlement with a few hare paenga and a very interesting ahu. The back of this wall is made by rocks of a remarkable size and well cut rectangular blocks. An even more astonishing feature of the rock wall monument of Ma'itaki Te Moa is an entire moai statue that, in spite of its perfect condition, has been used as a building block for the monument, instead of standing on top of it. This statue is rare for not being made out of the yellowish tuff from Rano Raraku, but of hard basalt rock.

5) Vai Matā: The inhabitants of this astounding village had extraordinary ambition and creativity, and perfection was their only acceptable result. Here we find the largest statue of the whole north coast area. The ahu is made from huge blocks, cut with a nearly unmatched precision and care for a perfect fit. The boat houses of Vai Matā are noteworthy for being exceptionally well preserved, though one house stands out more than any other: Ana O Haro. This is a man-made subterranean dwelling, built like a cave from recycled boat house foundation blocks.

6) Omohi: The tribe that lived here had a thing for remembering events. Several petroglyphs - markings in rocks - can be found here.

7) Ana o Heu: Also known as the Make-Make cave. Petroglyphs is surprisingly uncommon in caves of Rapa Nui, but this small dwelling has the ceiling covered in carved images of the creator god Make-Make.

8) Black basalt moai: This one is of the very few statues that were made out of hard basaltic rock instead of the much softer tuff.

9) Ahu Atanga: This monument is perfectly astronomically aligned, pointing to the astronomical north with an extreme precision, only 0.2° off. Ahu Atanga is located in the northernmost tip of the island and is the biggest ahu poe-poe (ramp shaped ahu) ever made with its 25 m in length.

10) Hanga O Teo: This is historically an important bay, since it is one of the few places that has easy access to the ocean. Here are several ancient constructions left behind by the tribesmen that lived here.

11) Ana Papa Tekena: This small cave just by the ocean has a quite peculiar shape, like a tunnel that extrudes from the ground.

12) Anakena: End this journey through time at the most tropical and relaxing Easter Island beach - Anakena. Have something to eat and drink or have a well-deserved swim in the refreshing ocean.

Open chamber in Ana Kakenga with light from the two openings in the cliffs.
Main hall of Ana Te Pora.
Hare paenga of Te Peu with manavai and a hare moa, or chicken house, in the background.
The biggest hare paenga of Easter Island is located in Te Peu. This was surely where the tribal chieftain lived with his family.
Rare moai statue of gray basalt in the well-built ahu of Ma'itaki Te Moa.
Moai statue in Vai Matā area measuring an impressive height of 6.5 m, which is remarkable considering the remote location.
The unique black basalt moai is a rare gem of the north coast trail.
Ahu Atanga at the northern tip, perfectly aligned to the north.
Front of the tupa of Hanga O Teo. This tower was used to watch the ocean.
Front of the tupa of Hanga O Teo. This tower was used to watch the ocean.
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Tour: Cave Trip

Entrance to Ana Te Pahu banana cave, Rapa Nui

Venture through underground dwellings from ancient times in the west and central areas of the island.

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Visit exciting caves in the remote central and west area in this tour. The road here is too bad for going with a car, so the areas don't receive much visitors. We start in the interiors of the island, hike towards the coast and then follow the coast back towards town, visiting some of the most amazing caves along the way.

1) Ana Te Pahu: This lava tube tunnel is one of the longest and most spacy caves.

2) Te Peu: This complete ancient village does not have a cave, but we'll visit this interesting site as it is on the way. Many hare paeŋa, manavai and moai statues can be seen here. The ahu of Te Peu is particularly well-made.

3) Ana Te Pora: The inhabitants of this small cave clearly had a high sense of cleanliness. Ana Te Pora consists of a clean open hall with beds along the walls and a working table in the middle of the room. This cave is also visited in the North Coast hiking tour and in the Ancestral Adventure tour.

4) Ana Kakenga: Also known as the two window cave. The entrance has been artificially altered by its ancient inhabitants to block out the winds. The short, pitch black tunnel opens up to a bigger room and then ends in two windows straight out of the cliffs, overlooking the ocean. This cave is also visited in the North Coast hiking tour and in the Ancestral Adventure tour.

The tunnels of Ana Te Pahu were homes to many families.
Light shining through opening in the ceiling of cave Aha Te Pahu.
Hare paenga of Te Peu with manavai and a hare moa, or chicken house, in the background.
The biggest hare paenga of Easter Island is located in Te Peu. This was surely where the tribal chieftain lived with his family.
Open chamber in Ana Kakenga with light from the two openings in the cliffs.
Main hall of Ana Te Pora.
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Tour: Path of Ancients

Terevaka hike, panoramic Rapa Nui view, old man by tree

Walk along one of the ancient moai transportation roads, investigating falled statues along the way. Moving these huge statues across long distances required great skill, and sometimes accidents happened. Statues that fell were abandoned.

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The giant statues of Easter Island were transported along paths made only for this purpose. Walk along the transportation path that has the most quantity of statues.

Many statues fell during transport and were then abandoned.
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Adventure tours

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To perform adventure tours, all participants must be in excellent physical and mental condition with good strenth, agility and stamina.

Our Easter Island adventure tours are for those who like to challenge themselves, and who enjoy different, unique experiences on their vacation. All participants are required to have good strength, agility, stamina. Clothing must be rough and will most probably get wet and dirty.

If our adventure tours would be too much for you, and you still enjoy nature, we suggest you look into our Easter Island hikes.

Tour: Ancestral Adventure

Sunset from Poike, horse silhouettes
  • Duration (approx.)3 days

Touch the ancient soul of Rapa Nui in the ultimate adventure, traveling by horse and camping under starry skies in the remote wilderness. Camping is extremely basic, in local style. Excellent physical and mental condition is required. All food, drinks and camping equipment is included.

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Touch the ancestral soul of Rapa Nui by traveling on horseback for three days, following the coast of the whole island, camping in the most remote places. Countless hidden caves, unique statues, astonishing ancient constructions and stunning panoramic views will be encountered on the way. We will supply you with tents, sleeping bags, food, water and horses. You will be accompanied by one guide on archaeology, history, culture and legends, as well as a horse guide. In the evenings we will have BBQ dinner and wine.

This is the roughest kind of Easter Island tour and is only for those with excellent physical and mental condition who enjoy challenges. Camping is in local style - extremely basic without modern commodities.

All meals, drinks and camping equipment is included.

Itinerary summary

We ride from town in the morning along the north coast, visiting off-the-beaten-track caves and well preserved remnants of the ancient Rapa Nui culture until we reach the remote backside of volcano Terevaka, where no roads go. We set camp the first day in the bay Hanga O Teo in the northernmost areas. If there is time and conditions are good, we may fish from the rocks and try spearfishing here. We will have BBQ with drinks in the evening.

Traveling Easter Island on horse is a fantastic experience.

The second day at noon we will arrive to the beautiful Anakena beach where we will have lunch. New supplies of food, drinks and water will be coming in from town. In the afternoon we follow the coast eastward and then ride up the most remote volcano Poike at the far east side. We will camp and have BBQ at the top, in the crater of this volcano, with a breath-taking panoramic view of the whole island in front of us, as the sun sets over the ocean.

After the sun has risen over the ocean behind us, we ride down Poike and visit the largest monument ever built, Ahu Tongariki, with 15 restored statues, as well as the moai statue factory Rano Raraku. We will have lunch here, and water supplies will be coming in from town. All camping equipment and unnecessary items will be sent back to town. We ride light along the moai transportation path, scattered with huge fallen statues, across open plains, through forest trails and between hilly landscapes, making our way back to town.

  • Included

    • All meals
    • Beer/wine/softdrinks
    • Water
    • English speaking archaeological expert guide
    • Horses
    • Horse guide
    • Transfers
    • Tents
    • Sleeping bags
    • Sleeping mats
  • How hard is Ancestral Adventure?

    We will be riding approximately 5 hours per day. Be prepared for a basic camping life with hard sun, rain and wind, without any modern bathroom facilities or prepared camping grounds. If you don't ride horses and camp regularly, you must be very fit and see this experience as a way of challenging yourself.

  • Pack list

    Please pack the following personal belongings in a backpack that you will be carrying yourself.

    • National park ticket
    • Toothbrush & toothpaste
    • Sunblock
    • Sunhat
    • Sunglasses
    • Extra exchange of rough clothes
    • Rain clothes
    • Beachwear
  • What are the horses like?

    The horses are tame, healthy and treated with lots of love and care by their owner. Few horses have such a free, natural and happy life as the horses on Rapa Nui.

  • What to wear

    Use rough clothes. For riding, wear long pants like jeans. If sunny, make sure you use lots of sunblock, a hat and sunglasses.

Day 1: Hanga Roa to Hanga O Teo

We ride from town, passing by ancient village of Tahai with several raised statues and platforms. Following the coast north-east we will bump into another moai by Ahu Akapu, also restored and raised. We'll ride further along the coast, into a dirt road in such bad conditions that it's only fit for horseback or walking.

The Ana Kakenga cave ends in two lookouts over the ocean.
Moai statue made of gray basalt, used as a building block for the rock wall in Ma'itaki Te Moa.

Ana Kakenga: the entrance to this cave is a hole in the ground, quite easy to miss even if you're on the right trail. We enter this first pitch black cave through the entrance that has been reinforced hundreds of years ago by Rapa Nui people with recycled foundation blocks of the ancient houses called hare paenga, what we today often call "boat house". This cave ends in mid-air with two openings right out of the cliffs, looking out over the ocean.

Ana Te Pora: A while further north-east we'll enter this cave, whose ancient owners evidently had a good sense of order and cleanliness. It consists mainly of one hall, and bed platforms along the walls.

Te Peu: This ancient village offers a very good example of a Rapa Nui village in the old days, thanks to the numerous "boat houses" or hare paenga of very good condition, as well as other buildings, that have been preserved here. This is because this site is too far from people passing by, though it's after this site that we're really leaving the trail. The main burial ground rock wall of this village is particularly well-made.

The unique black basalt moai is a rare gem of the north coast trail.

We'll follow the coast behind volcano Terevaka where no roads go. Here are many remains of ancient Rapa Nui civilization. We'll pass by numerous remains of houses and ahu platforms. These areas are so inaccessible and seemingly impossible to transport a statue to (from the statue quarry of Rano Raraku), but even so, there are several statues here. Though, for its inaccessibility, the carvers actually used other materials that are harder and heavier, but these unique statues could be quarried closer to the final destination. One of them is found in the next tribal village.

We will set camp in the most remote locations.
In Hanga O Teo you will have a chance to try spearfishing.

Ma'itaki Te Moa: The valley of Ma'itaki Te Moa is a settlement with a few hare paenga and a very interesting ahu. The back of this wall is made by rocks of a remarkable size and well cut rectangular blocks. An even more astonishing feature of the rock wall of Ma'itaki Te Moa is an entire moai statue that, in spite of its perfect condition, has been used as a building block for the monument, instead of standing on top of it. This rare moai is not made out of the yellowish tuff from Rano Raraku, but of hard basalt rock.

Vai Matā: The inhabitants of this astounding village had extraordinary ambition and creativity, and perfection was their only acceptable result. Here we find the largest statue of the whole north coast area. The ahu is made from huge blocks, cut with a nearly unmatched precision and care for a perfect fit. The boat houses of Vai Matā are noteworthy for being exceptionally well preserved, though one house stands out more than any other: Ana O Haro. This is a man-made subterranean dwelling, built like a cave from recycled boat house foundation blocks.

Omohi: The tribe that lived here had a thing for remembering events. Several petroglyphs - markings in rocks - can be found here.

Ana o Heu: Also known as the Make-Make cave. Petroglyphs is surprisingly uncommon in caves, but this small dwelling has the ceiling covered in carved images of the creator god Make-Make.

Black basalt moai: This is rare moai was made out of hard basaltic rock instead of the much softer tuff.

Ahu Atanga: This is the most perfectly astronomically aligned constructions, pointing to the astronomical north with an extreme precision, only 0.2° off. Ahu Atanga is located in the northernmost tip and is the biggest ahu poe-poe (ramp-shaped monument) with its 25 m in length.

Hanga O Teo: This is historically an important bay, since it is one of the few places that has easy access to the ocean. Here are several ancient constructions left behind by the tribesmen that lived here. We will camp here, having BBQ and drinks.

Day 2: Hanga O Teo to Pū a Katiki

After riding through rocky landscapes for two days, the contrast between this and the sandy bay of Anakena, decorated with palm trees, enhances the beauty of this beach even more when it appears around the corner.

Anakena: We eat lunch under the palm trees of beautiful Anakena beach. Have a swim in the Pacific Ocean at the largest local beach. In the sand stands a monument with well-preserved restored moais. Quite recently they were dug up after centuries of having been buried in the sand. We'll have lunch under the palm trees and have a swim in the ocean if you will, and later continue eastward.

Approaching Poike.

Te Pito Kura: This is an area with area with the biggest statue ever completed that reached its destination, though it was toppled and destroyed, and was never restored. Beside it is a very nice and almost perfectly round rock with a magnetic iron core.

North east coastline: Many monuments, hare paenga, chicken houses and other remnants of ancient Rapa Nui culture are scattered along the coast of the north east side of Easter Island.

Pū O Hiro: This natural rock full of holes was used as a trumpet by the Rapa Nui people. Great skill was required to be able to make it sound.

Poike: We reach the most remote volcano in the east side - Poike. Ride upwards and enjoy an increasingly stunning view as you slowly get lifted up above the rest of the island. Legends say the Hanau 'E'epe, the second wave of settlers to Rapa Nui, were exterminated here in a great battle.

Pū a Katiki: In the crater of Poike there's a small eucalyptus groove in which we set camp. The top of Poike offers a breath-taking panoramic view of the whole tiny landmass, giving a true feeling of remoteness in the ocean. Being at the end of the island, we'll see both the north and the south coast at the same time.

If you have more energy, there are interesting, unique things to see on this volcano.

Trachyte moais: 95% of all statues are made out of tuff; yellowish volcanic ash from Rano Raraku. At the back of Poike, a few gray moais can be found, carved from the heavy and hard rock trachyte. Thanks to the hardness of the material, details on these statues have been preserved that otherwise would have deteriorated a long time ago.

Virgin cave: In a dramatic location by the cliffs of Poike lies the hidden cave Ana o Keke, often called Virgin Cave. Young girls were imprisoned here in ancient times to obtain a fairer skin. The girls carved images on the cave rock walls that also can be found in the mysterious and undeciphered ancient writing language rongo-rongo. Visitors must not be afraid of heights to enter!

Back to camp in Pū a Katiki: We ride back to the crater at the top of Poike, have BBQ with drinks and enjoy the view as the sun sets over the ocean.

Have a relaxing swim in the ocean at beach Anakena - the tropical Easter Island jewel.
Poike has several unique statues made out of a different rock called trachyte.
The young girls enclosed in Ana O Keke, Virgin Cave, carved petroglyphs in the walls by the entrance, where light reaches.
The camp of the second day will be at the top of Poike.
Virtually all moais were made in volcanic statue quarry Rano Raraku.

Day 3: Pū a Katiki to Hanga Roa

Riding down Poike volcano in the morning, approaching the south coast.

In the morning we ride down Poike and go to the south coast.

Ahu Tongariki: The biggest monument ever built with its 15 great statues. The monument was destroyed in 1960 by a tsunami caused by the world's biggest earthquake ever recorded. Ahu Tongariki was restored in 1991 - 1996 by the Japanese. They are looking towards their place of origin - Rano Raraku.

Rano Raraku: This is the great statue factory where moais were carved for 400 years. 95% of all statues were made in this quarry, meaning almost a thousand statues. One day the quarry was abandoned, and the statues have been left untouched ever since. Hundreds of statues in all the different stages of construction were left behind. To enter this quarry you will need to present the national park ticket, which is why its important to bring this ticket along during all of the trip, and not lose it on the way.

After visiting the statue quarry we will have lunch in the cafeteria there. New supplies of water will come in from town. We will drop off everything unnecessary (tents, sleeping bags, extra clothes etc) to ride light back towards town.

Path of the Moai: We will follow part of the transportation path for the statues, Ara o te Moai, that was used to get all of the south coast moais to their destinations. Many huge statues that have fallen along the way can be seen here.

Back to town: We ride across open plains, through forest trails of an area called Vai Tea, among hilly landscapes of the lower portions of volcano Terevaka until we get back to town and finally reach the end of our great adventure.

The fifteen statues of Tongariki The fifteen moais of Ahu Tongariki - the largest monument built.
Open chamber in Ana Kakenga with light from the two openings in the cliffs.
Main hall of Ana Te Pora.
Hare paenga of Te Peu with manavai and a hare moa, or chicken house, in the background.
The biggest hare paenga of Easter Island is located in Te Peu. This was surely where the tribal chieftain lived with his family.
Moai statue in Vai Matā area measuring an impressive height of 6.5 m, which is remarkable considering the remote location.
Ahu Atanga at the northern tip, perfectly aligned to the north.
Front of the tupa of Hanga O Teo. This tower was used to watch the ocean.
Free horses along the north coast.
A stunning panoramic view of both the north and south coast can be enjoyed from Pū a Katiki, from the top of Poike.
Virtually all moais were made in volcanic statue quarry Rano Raraku.
Ahu Tongariki is the biggest monument ever built with its 15 statues.
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Tour: Subterranean Exploration

Ana Te Pahu cave, lava tube
  • Duration (approx.)3 hours

Explore the underground world of Rapa Nui. Go through countless subterranean tunnels formed by underground lava flows, used as dwellings by the ancient people. This tour requires excellent strength and agility.

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Explore the underground world of Rapa Nui in our Subterranean Exploration adventure tour. We will visit the Roiho cave complex, which is the area with highest concentration of caves. These lava tubes all have their own unique personality, and they were all used as subterranean dwellings for the ancient people. Not only were they important in winter as shelters when weather was rough, but they also supply what is most important for our survival; water.

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Tour: Rano Kau Descent

In crater of Rano Kau volcano with plants
  • Duration (approx.)5 hours

Descend into the dramatic volcanic crater of Rano Kau and have a swim in the crater lake! This volcano is one of the most breathtaking natural sceneries of Easter Island. Its lake at the bottom was the main source of drinking water in the whole south west area of Easter Island.

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Hike down the steep crater walls to reach the sweet water lake at the bottom of some of the most beautiful natural scenery of Rapa Nui - the crater of volcano Rano Kau.

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Rano Kau crater Crater of volcano Rano Kau.
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Recreation and sports tours

What's more important on your vacation than having fun and relaxing? Let your mind rest and enjoy our Easter Island recreation and sports tours.

Tour: Rapa Nui Pool Relax

Natural rock tide pool, Rapa Nui
  • Duration (approx.)4-5 hours

Enjoy a day of relax and fun! We will show you how pool parties are done the Rapa Nui way. We will take you to a hidden natural pool along the coast where you may swim, drink beer and enjoy the day. Drinks and snacks included.

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Enjoy a day of relax and fun! We will show you how pool parties are done the Rapa Nui way. We will take you to a hidden natural pool along the coast where you may swim, drink beer and enjoy the day.

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Tour: Fishing

Fishing Nanue, Kyphosus Bigibbus, Brown Chub, at Easter Island
  • Duration (approx.)4 hours

Go fishing the Rapa Nui way! We do not use a fishing cane, but only fling a line into the ocean, standing on the rocks along the coast. We bring firewood to heat up the rocks for cooking the catch the traditional way.

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Go fishing the Rapa Nui way! We do not use a fishing cane, but only fling a line into the ocean, standing on the rocks along the coast. We bring firewood to heat up the rocks for cooking the catch.

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Tour: Boat Trip to Birdman Isle

Motu Nui from ocean
  • Duration (approx.)2 hours

See Easter Island from a unique perspective - from the ocean. Feel the waves and the wind as you follow the cliffs of volcano Rano Kau, going towards Motu Nui. This historical isle is where the ancient athletes fought for honor and power for their tribe in the birdman competition.

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See Easter Island from a unique perspective - from the ocean. Feel the waves and the wind as you follow the cliffs of volcano Rano Kau, going towards Motu Nui. This historical isle is where the ancient athletes fought for honor and power for their tribe in the birdman competition.

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Tour: Surfing lesson

Woman learning wave surfing in Rapa Nui
  • Duration (approx.)2 hours

Learn the ancestral native sport of Polynesia in the ocean where it originates from. Surf the waves of beach Pea, right in the town center, with an instructor.

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Learn the ancestral native sport of Polynesia in the ocean where it originates from. Surf the waves of beach Pea, right in the town center, with an instructor.

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Photography tours

All our tours offer many fantastic photo opportunities, but to get those immortal sunrise and sunset photos you have to be at the right spot at the right time. Let us help you with that through our Easter Island photography tours.

Please note that there's a bigger risk of unclear skies during winter.

Tour: Tongariki Sunrise

Ahu Tongariki at sunrise
  • Duration (approx.)2 hours

There is no better way to start the day than to enjoy the breathtaking spectacle of seeing the sun rise behind Ahu Tongariki - the largest and most impressive Easter Island monument.

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There is no better way to start the day than to enjoy the breathtaking spectacle of seeing the sun rise behind Ahu Tongariki - the largest and most impressive Easter Island monument. The ancient Rapa Nui people would do this every morning. The sun was a very central part of life especially to the Tongariki tribe, as the whole monument is perfectly aligned with the sunrise at summer solstice, around the 21st of December each year.

The closer we are to winter solstice (around 21st of June every year), the further north is the sun at sunrise. Approximately around April - September, the sun will rise behind the volcano Poike. A sunrise tour is still possible, but it will require more of you as a photographer to take beautiful and interesting photos. We will then have to wait until the sun rises behind the volcano.

Please note that there's a bigger risk of unclear skies during winter.

Ahu Tongariki is the only place where sunrise silhouette photos of moais standing in a row can be taken.
Photos with a mysterious feel can be taken at Tongariki in the morning.
Fingers of moai lit up by rising sun.
Full moon shines over Rapa Nui as the sun rises.
The sun rises behind volcano Poike at winter solstice, 21st of June.
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Tour: Akivi Sunset

Moai statues of Ahu Akivi facing ocean at sunset
  • Duration (approx.)1.5 hours

Enjoy the sunset by the only statues that face the ocean - Ahu Akivi. This site is quite unknown as a sunset spot, so expect less people.

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The seven statues of Ahu Akivi are beautifully lit up by warmly colored light as the sun disappears over the horizon. It is quite unknown as a sunset spot, so expect less people. These statues are among the few moais that will have the warm sunset light fall on the faces. The seven statues of Ahu Akivi are the only moais that face the ocean instead of looking inland. They are rumored to do so since they represent the seven navigators first sent by king Hotu Matu'a to find this land a thousand years ago, and that they look back towards Hiva, where they once came from.

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Meditation tours

Connect with the abundant Rapa Nui energies through a session of meditation with a native Rapa Nui instructor.

Tour: Mana of the Moai

Moai haere ki haho, traveling moai, by Ahu Tongariki, Rano Raraku, Rapa Nui
  • Duration (approx.)2 hours

The sacred moai statues were built for one sole purpose - to preserve the mana of the ancestors for later generations, to give us luck and fortune in life. Feel the ancient energy while meditating in front of the moai statues under the lead of a native Rapa Nui instructor.

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The sacred moai statues were built for one sole purpose - to preserve the mana of the ancestors for later generations, to give us luck and fortune in life. Feel the ancient energy in a spiritual tour while meditating in front of the moai statues under the lead of a native Rapa Nui instructor, whose ancestors carved and raised these megaliths of greatness.

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Get picked up at the airport with a flower necklace according to local Polynesian tradition.

If doing a full day tour on arrival day, it's a good idea to let us pick you up at the airport to start the tour right away.

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