Easter Island Full Day Tour to 6 Moai Platforms JetSettingFools.com

Easter Island full day tour: 6 moai platforms

We almost skipped an organized tour of the island’s top spots and rented bikes to do the tour on our own. When I finally grasped the size of the island, saw that it was dotted with volcanic mountains and cinder cones, and got a sharp reminder from Kris that I’m not Lance-freaking-Armstrong, we opted for an Easter Island full day tour.  

The all-day bus tour lasted from 9:15am until 4:30pm, made stops at six moai platform sights and included an English speaking guide for $45 per person. (Lunch was a self-provided brown bag lunch.) We were the only Americans on our tour, but our Rapa Nui tour guide was fluent in English and able to translate his passion about his people, land and history.

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Hike Easter Island: Ana Kai Tangata, Rano Kau and Orongo

The southwestern tip of Easter Island is stunningly scenic and has heaps of post-moai history on the island. The main points of interest can be seen via car or tour bus, but to hike Easter Island is the best experience. On our Easter Island hike, we visited many areas that are part of the UNESCO listed Rapa Nui National Forest.

We left the main town, Hanga Roa, to the south and passed several restored moai before coming to the Ana Kai Tangata cave, then the started the gradual climb to Rano Kau crater and on to Orongo on top of 1000-foot cliffs. It took some a bit of leg and lung power, but well worth the opportunity to take in the magnificent viewpoints.

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40 Easter Island Photos: Our first 36 hours

Easter Island, Rapa Nui, Isla de Pascua, Naval of the World – whatever you call it, it’s simply magical. Since we have arrived a day and a half ago, we’ve taking a copious number of Easter Island photos; the scenery is beyond what we imagined. Already in our short time here we’ve twice witnessed the sun drop below the horizon at Tahai, with seven Moai staring back at us. We walked the streets of Hanga Roa. We hiked to the top of crater Rano Kau, one of the most breathtaking views of nature on the island and, possibly, in the world. We visited Orongo, a cluster of ancient homes that stand at the end of the world, nothing but ocean as far as we could see.Rather than a feeble attempt to find words worthy of describing it, I’ll show you instead.

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