Easter Island Tour: A unique open-air museum with nearly a thousand immense stone statues and hundreds of stunning petroglyphs
with a Pre-Trip Extension to Northern Chile
with Dr. Sidsel Millerström
Why Take The Easter Island Tour?
- Easter Island Tour study leader worked on the island and throughout Polynesia for more than thirty years.
- Includes the Tapati Festival, a celebration of Rapa Nui culture
- Private performance by the Easter Island Earthship Music School students
- Special viewing of Rapanui artifacts in the Fonck Museum
- Optional extension to Chile’s Atacama Desert
- Maximum 14 participants
At the southeastern tip of the Polynesian triangle lies windswept Easter Island, one of the most remote spots on the planet. Surrounded by an endless ocean as blue as the sky and located 2,300 miles west of Santiago, Chile, this tiny dot of land is sixty square miles of rocky grasslands, extinct volcanic cones, and steep ocean cliffs. Called Rapa Nui by the Polynesian people who live here, this island is a unique open-air archaeological museum. Nearly a thousand immense stone statues, called moai, gaze with brooding eyes over the gently rolling hills, hundreds of perplexing petroglyphs stand out from rock surfaces, and colorful cave paintings depict brightly painted birds in flight.
We have timed this tour to include the wonderful Tapati Festival, a celebration of the Rapa Nui culture. Each day will dawn with new and exciting contests of strength and skill, while evenings will bring the mesmerizing melodies of Polynesian music as grass skirted dancers perform beneath the stars. It is a time of revelry and feasts, and of honoring the past with performances of cat’s cradle, the hypnotic chant used to hand down the island’s history from generation to generation.
Join Far Horizons Archaeological and Cultural Trips on this 12-day Easter Island tour, that includes three days in Chile’s capital, Santiago, where we will visit the Natural History Museum and Pre-Columbian Museum as well as the stunning coastal city of Viña del Mar.
‘I wanted to see the stunning moai, which I had first read about in AkuAku in 1960, and gain a grasp of how and when they were conceived. I had no idea I would love the land- and sky-scape as much as I did the moai.’ – Jackie Humphrey
‘It was a fabulous trip. I had studied for it and thought I knew what to expect. It was so much more.’ – Carlene Nelson
“This was perhaps the best (and certainly one of the best) of the ten-twelve trips that I have been on around the world. This is a big statement, but I really liked being able to stay in one place for most of the trip and repeatedly see things that related to the archaeological and cultural theme. Most of the trip participants were interested in the same themes, too, so the trip was a wonderful learning experience.” – Don Swanson
“This trip was a dream I’ve had for many years. It fulfilled my dream completely.” – Ann Schroeder
“Easter Island actually exceeded my expectations. I didn’t begin to imagine how beautiful Rapa Nui is, nor the impact of seeing the moai. Your service was above and beyond. You can be sure that I will tell my traveling pals about my positive experience. Thank You!!“ – Arden Down
Day 1: Depart USA.
Day 2: Arrive Santiago with city tour.
Day 3: Valparaiso. Private tour of the Fonck Museum.
Day 4: Fly to Easter Island. Ahu Te Riku.
Day 5: Archaeological Museum and Mulloy Library. Ahu Vinapu, Ahu Huri A Urenga, Ahu Nau Nau and Ahu Ature Huki.
Day 6: Ana Kai Tangata, the Conaf gardens, Rano Kau, Orongo and Rano Raraku.
Day 7: Puna Pau, Ahu Akivi, Manavai caves and Ana Te Pahu.
Day 8: Vaihu, Akahanga, Tongariki, Pu O Hiro, Papa Vaka, Te Pito Te Kura/Ahu Heki’i and Ovahe Beach.
Day 9: Free time.
Day 10: Fly back to Santiago.
Day 11: Tour Santiago. Fly back to the USA.
Day 12: Arrive in the USA.