Hike and bike around the island from volcanic heights to ocean shores and visit its many Moai statues. PLUS, experience the annual Island-wide celebration of Rapa Nui culture! Races, contests, festivities, food…A huge party on Easter Island.
The remote location and stark but stunning landscape offer an interesting mix of activities and wondrous natural attractions on this gay adventure tour on Easter Island. Hike and bike around the island from volcanic heights to ocean shores and visit its many Moai statues.
Enjoy Tapati, the huge cultural festival taking place on the island, with contests, costumes, and feats of strength and agility by the young men of the community.
For the truly adventurous, we offer an in-depth exploration of Easter Island. This far flung island in the South Pacific is a great destination for a hike-bike-relax vacation. Over 2000 miles from the nearest population center, Easter Island has long attracted and intrigued visitors with its iconic giant moai statues. But this remote island with its quirky landscape also offers great opportunities for active exploration. We will hike, bike and explore one of the most fascinating archeological sites in the world. As with all of our adventure tours we offer the active experiences that bring us closer to the environment, but we won't be surprised if the laid back attitude of the Rapa Nui people may occasionally tempt us to slow down the pace and enjoy the scenery.
Easter Island is a volcanic island of some 67 square miles. It consists mainly of three extinct volcanoes: each at one of the points of this triangular island. Terevaka, the highest at an altitude of 507 meters, forms the bulk of the island with Poike and Rano Kau at the eastern and southern headlands. Along the miles of coastline are the ahus or platforms which host the great moai statues with their arresting presence and brooding faces. We will explore the island and its culture, then relax and respect the tradition of island time.
• Hike to the highest point for a rousing view of the island.
• Bike quiet island roads to see the famous moai statues.
• Enjoy a barbecue on the beach.
• Ride along the south coast to see a fantastic blowhole where the ocean meets the land, and Rano Raraku with its half-carved moai still attached to the ground.
• Choose an optional horseback ride.
• Check out the village and the Easter Island museum.
• Relax in true Rapa Nui style.
• Experience the annual Island-wide celebration of Rapa Nui culture!
• Watch canoeing and horse races.
• Marvel at the feats of strength and endurance demonstrated by the community’s young men.
• Learn more about the arts, music, and dance of this tiny island
Note that the Tapati Festival tour in winter 2020 includes the activities listed in the below itinerary, as well as attending cultural events, parties, and soaking in a festive, fun group atmosphere!
Day 1 -
Most travelers will arrive on the same flight from Santiago, Chile to Easter Island. Our luggage will be transported to our hotel, but we will stretch our legs after the long flight with a short walk to our nearby accommodations. Easter Island is a place like no other, and rushing is not in order, so we will begin with a leisurely walk to get the stiffness out of our legs and begin to experience the island's magic. Tonight we will enjoy a Welcome Dinner with typical island fare.
Days 2 - 7 -
We begin our gay adventure on Easter Island with a hiking tour behind the airport on the rugged volcanic slopes of Rano Kau, one of the three volcanic peaks that command the corners of this triangular island. We'll visit the cave paintings of Ana Kai Tangata and the Orongo ceremonial village that sits atop the outer rim of the volcano, high above the crashing waves of the ocean. The archeological artifacts here are from the "Birdman" cult, rather than the famous moai's that we will see in so many other parts of the island. Across the waves are the two largest of the five satellite islands around Easter Island, Motu Nui and its smaller sibling, Motu Iti. To win the annual Birdman title for his clan, a young man had to climb down the cliff from the Orongo village, swim across the narrow, turbulent passage to these islands, then be the first to return with an intact egg of the sooty tern.
The next morning a bike ride is in order, so after breakfast we check out our bikes and get oriented to the layout of the town. We can head out of town along the coast and check out Tahai and Tepeu, two of the famous ahus (archeological sites). We may also pop into the museum, if there's time. A picnic is always fun, and lunch at the cave at Ana Te Pahu would be a good location. We could then continue on to Akivi and Puna Pau (more Moai, each in a unique setting!), and coast back to the island's only village, Hanga Roa.
On one of our excursions we will head to Anakena Beach at the far end of the island. This small beach is one of only two actual beaches along an otherwise rocky coastline. Weather conditions permitting, you may be able to get into the water for a bit before our barbecue lunch in the shadow of one of the island's more picturesque moai platforms.
With nearly 800 Moai to observe from bikes, on foot or from our van, we'll head home with amazing memories of this unique place with its mysterious past.
One of the joys of Easter Island is the way it works its magic on you. No cell phone here, please! An idle hour is an hour well spent (although there are Internet cafes with slow connections when you do feel the need to connect back home). With so many options, combined with the island mood of taking things at your own pace, we offer free time to let you customize your trip to fit your own desires.
One possible option for those who wish additional hiking may be to join our tour leader for a hearty hike up Teravaka, the highest point on the island. This 507 meter (1650 foot) peak offers fantastic views of the surrounding area. Of course, we will feast on delicious island food for our Farewell Dinner, and thank our hosts who have been gracious enough to invite us into their homes.
Day 8 -
This morning take a last look at your favorite Moai, or wander around town, as most travelers will depart on the afternoon flight and make it in time for overnight connections to North America or Europe.
Or Arrange a private tour in Santiago, Chile. Contact us for personal travel in Mainland Chile to the capital of Santiago, the resurgent hillside port city of Valparaiso, the colorful pristine Atacama Desert or other destinations.