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Anakena Beach and the Lost Culture of Rapa Nui Tour

1. Anakena Beach and the Lost Culture of Rapa Nui Tour

From your hotel in Hanga Roa, your tour group heads toward the south-east and north-east of the island to visit the Ahu Vaihu, a temple composed of a well-worked stone platform where 8 moais with pukaos are scattered nearby - these are the giant stone statues of heads with hats that are part of what make this island world-famous. Here you can also find the Ahu Akahanga, formed by 4 platforms, 12 moais (head statues) and 8 pukaos (hat statues). From here you can see one of the best preserved villages of the island. The trip continues towards the Rano Raraku volcanic crater, formed of consolidated volcanic ash. Rano Raraku is a visual record of moai design vocabulary and technological innovation, where 397 moai remain. Ahu Tongariki is the most surprising ahu (shrine) on the island, with 15 giant moais. Ahu Te Pito Kura has the largest statue erected on an ahu, the Paro Moai (10 meters, weighing 85 tons) and a pukao with a weight of 11.5 tons. It is believed that the last statue was demolished by 1840. The ahu is located next to a large stone ball that is identified as the center of the world (Te Pito o Te Henua), which according to legend was brought by King Hotu Matua by boat. During excavations, an extraordinary eye pupil of white coral red slag was found, and nowadays it is exhibited at the Museum of the Island. Finish your tour at Anakena beach, known for its white sand beach, warm waters, and its own moais, before returning to your hotel.

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Easter Island: Traditional Rapa Nui Cooking and Show

2. Easter Island: Traditional Rapa Nui Cooking and Show

Get picked up in your hotel on Easter Island and head to the Tera’ai Restaurant. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted with live music. Enjoy an appetizer and welcome drink as you are invited to participate in the “Takona” art, a local custom that entails painting part of the face in the old ways of the island. Learn about the tradition of the Umu Pae cooking culture with an introductory lecture and then watch a meal being cooked in the style. Settle in for an authentic Rapa Nui show, consisting of an exciting mix of ancient and traditional dance. Learn about the performers’ garb as well as the history of the island.  If you choose the option that includes dinner, you’ll be taken into the buffet room where food is cooked in the traditional Umu Pae way. Enjoy a delicious and expansive selection of food including sausages, vegetables, chicken, yuca, potatoes, and much more.

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Easter Island: Moai Sites and Anakena Beach Private Tour

3. Easter Island: Moai Sites and Anakena Beach Private Tour

After pickup from your hotel in Hanga Roa, start the tour with a visit to Ahu Vaihu and Akahanga. These temples are where Pukaos hats have been placed on top of some Moai statues. Akahanga originally contained about a dozen Moai and is believed to be the burial site of the Polynesian king Hoto Matu’a. Continue the journey and head to Rano Raraku, a volcanic crater that also contains a lagoon. The volcano has historical significance for the island, because the Moai were carved on its slopes. Currently, 397 of these impressive sculptures remain there. Then visit the most amazing Ahu, a ceremonial platform, on the island. Ahu Tongariki is the largest ceremonial site with an impressive row of 15 upright Moai. It is one of the most visited tourist spots in Easter Island. The Tongariki Moai underwent a restoration process, not only due to the collapse caused by the tribes that lived there, but also due to a large tsunami that damaged and moved some statues. Finally, finish the day resting in Anakena, the most popular beach on the island. In addition to its natural beauty, what makes it a unique beach is a row of Moai that face away from the sea. Admire this unique landscape before returning to your hotel.

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Easter Island: Poike Volcano Private Hiking Tour with Guide

4. Easter Island: Poike Volcano Private Hiking Tour with Guide

Explore the wonders of Easter Island and its famous archaeological sites on this hiking tour. See monumental statues and delve deep into to history and culture of the island with your expert guide. Stop by Vai a Heva, Ana Okeke, Kava Kava Kio'e, and Motu Maratiri. Begin your day with a private pick-up service from your hotel on Easter Island. Explore several Rapa Nui archeological sites near the Poike Peninsula. Make your way to Vai a Heva, a huge carved head, which possibly served to collect rainwater and was used in rituals alluding to the vital resource. Next, see the renowned moai carved with trachyte stone brought from the Rano Raraku quarry. Continue trekking to Ana Okeke. This cavern on the Poike cliff is also known as "the cave of the virgins". See the Uka Neru petroglyphs referring to the ceremony of confinement of women. It is said that the natives gathered here to observe the stars. Continue your tour to Kava Kava Kio'e, the most eroded place on the island with an incredible desert landscape of red earth. Soak in panoramic views of the landscape from Motu Maratiri viewpoint with Ahu Tongariki in the background. After a full day of island explorations, return to the starting point and head back to your hotel in Hanga Roa.

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What people are saying about Hanga Roa

Hotel pick-up / drop off by collective taxi and welcome drink. Cute Hawaiian face drawing (just rubbing powder falling off) and English / Spanish explanation of the Polynesian cooked underground food. Not much food but the show is done very well by a group of excellent dancers and players.

The voucher indicated that they would pick us up at the hotel between 6.30 p.m. and 7.00 p.m. We had to wait until 19.42 at the hotel reception until they arrived. In the reservation process it is indicated that the local operator would contact me to confirm.