Rapa Nui, Chile

Explorations

At explora Rapa Nui we offer over 20 explorations at different levels. In general, all have strong cultural and archaeological overtones, and are led by an expert bilingual local guide.

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Hiking

Te Miro O One

We leave the hotel on foot, descending towards the coast through the surrounding fields and farms, viewing various archaeological sites. We finish this walk at the Ahu Akahanga archaeological platform, where we find Moai that neverreached their final destinations. We return to the hotel by van. Family recomended.

  • Type: Half day
  • Duration: 2h30m
  • Distance: 4km / 2,4 miles
  • Vertical ascent: 105 meters / 336 feet
Hiking

Ara O Te Moai

We leave the hotel by van and travel to Hanga Te Tenga, an empty platform where we’ll find groups of Moai that were never raised. Next, we walk by Ara O Te Moai, a trail formerly used by the Rapa Nui people to transport the Moai, where we find some statues abandoned during
transportation and others unfinished. We then arrive at the Ranu Raraku National Park, the quarry where all the statues were carved, after we walk inside the crater. We return to the hotel by van.

  • Type: Half day
  • Duration: 2h30/ 3h
  • Distance: 4,5 km / 2,7 miles
  • Vertical ascent: 208 feet
Hiking

Mahatua Ovahe

We leave the hotel and travel to Ahu Tongariki, a platform with 15 intact Moai. This is the biggest platform or Ahu on the island, where we can also find stone petroglyphs scattered on the ground. Next, we skirt the coast, with panoramic views of the shifting turquoise and deep blue sea, the fishing coves with local villagers, and numerous archaeological sites, including one with a perfectly polished round rock, which due to its high iron content causes compasses to behave strangely. Then, we walk to Ovahe Beach, with its reddish sand and crystal clear waters, from where we take the van to Anakena Beach, the largest beach on the island. We return to the hotel by van.

  • Type: Half day
  • Duration: 3h10m
  • Distance: 6 km / 3,6 miles
  • Vertical ascent: 10 meters/ 32 feet
Hiking

Ahu Te Peu–Hanga Roa

We leave the hotel and travel to Ahu Akivi, the only place on the island where the Moai are facing the sea. We continue by van until reaching the Te Peu platform, from where we hike along steep cliffs with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. Along the way, we visit the Ana Kakenga Cave, a large tubular cavern formed by flowing lava. We finish at the Ahu Tahai, in Hanga Roa, where we find the only Moai with coral eyes. We return to the hotel by van.

  • Type: Half day
  • Duration: 3h30m
  • Distance: 6,5 km / 3,9 miles
  • Vertical ascent: 115 meters / 368 feet
Hiking

Pui Rano Raraku

We leave the hotel by van and head to the Cerro de Pui. We begin our hike at the foot of the hill, known for the Haka Pei competition, in which Rapa Nui men slide down the hill using toboggans made of banana tree trunks. The trail continues through the fields, passing various archaeological sites before arriving at the Ranu Raraku, the Moai quarry. We return to the hotel by van.

  • Type: Half day
  • Duration: 3h
  • Distance: 6 km / 3,6 miles
  • Vertical ascent: 130 meters / 416 feet
Hiking

Papa Vaka Tongariki

We leave the hotel by van and head towards the archaeological site of Papa Vaka, where many petroglyphs have been preserved in a collection of exposed rocks. We walk through the surrounding fields, observing some examples of traditional agriculture, and end our hike at Ahu Tongariki, the largest platform on the island and the biggest ceremonial site in the Pacific Ocean. We return to the hotel by van.

  • Type: Half day
  • Duration: 2h30m
  • Distance: 5 km / 3 miles
  • Vertical ascent: 15 meters / 48 feet
Hiking

Ara O Te Tangata Manu

We leave the hotel by van and travel to the Ahu Tahira, a platform of similar construction to those of the Incas in Perú due to its perfectly overlapping stone structures. Next, we skirt steep cliffs until reaching the edge of the Rano Kau crater, with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the interior of the volcano. We we walk around the rim crater until reaching Orongo, the ancient ceremonial village where the Tangata Manu (birdman) competition was performed. Return to the hotel by van.

  • Type: Half day
  • Duration: 3h30m
  • Distance: 9 km / 5,4 miles
  • Vertical ascent: 280 meters / 896 feet
Hiking

Avaranga Uka Akivi

We leave the hotel by van and travel to the foot of the Terevaka volcano. We then ascend a small ravine passing various archaeological sites. After passing the Rano Aroi crater, we reach the highest point on the island, from where we will enjoy 360° views. We then descend to the village of Hanga Roa, the island’s main town, finishing the exploration at the Akivi platform. Return to the lodge by van.

  • Type: Half day
  • Duration: 3h
  • Distance: 7 km / 4,2 miles
  • Vertical ascent: 391 meters / 1,251 feet
Hiking

Puakatiki

We leave the hotel by van and head to Ahu Mahatua. We walk down a path along a steep cliff, passing Maunga Parehe and Maunga Tea-Tea, two small knolls on this area of the island. Along the way, we can see the Vai Aheva fountain and climb to the top of Maunga Pua Katiki, the highest point of the hike. We then have a steep descent to the Tongariki platform to view the fifteen Moai from above, and return to the hotel by van.

  • Type: Half day
  • Duration: 3h30m
  • Distance: 8,5 kms / 5,1 miles
  • Vertical ascent: 365 meters / 1.168 feet
Hiking

Terevaka Anakena

We leave the hotel by van and travel to Vaitea. We begin the hike here, before climbing to Maunga Kuma and the Maunga Terevaka, the highest point on the island. From here we have 360° panoramic views of the entire island and Pacific Ocean. We then follow the path to Anakena along high coastal ridges, slowly descending, passing through various archaeological sites. Finally, we arrive at Anakena Beach where you can swim and enjoy the shade of the palm groves. We return to the hotel by van.

  • Type: Half day
  • Duration: 4h
  • Distance: 10 km / 6 miles
  • Vertical ascent: 511 meters / 1.635 feet
Hiking

Hanga O Teo

We leave the hotel by van and head to the Te Peu platform. From there we walk along a trail bordering steep cliffs, visiting natural lagoons, crossing fields, and seeing several archaeological sites, until reaching Anakena, a pristine beach of white sand and crystal clear waters. During the trip we will enjoy a picnic. Return to the hotel by van.

  • Type: Full day
  • Duration: 6h
  • Distance: 13,5 km / 8,1 miles
  • Vertical ascent: 60 meters / 192 feet
Bike ride

Orito

We leave the hotel by bicycle and ride to Hanga Roa, the island’s main town. We cycle through land with diverse vegetation such as eucalyptus and ceibo trees. We ride along the edge of Orito hill overlooking the coastline, feeling the coastal breeze as we descend. Along the way, we discover several ceremonial platforms, such as Hanga Poukura, and the fishing cove Hanga Tee. We then return to the hotel by bicycle on a paved road.

  • Type: Half day
  • Duration: 2h
  • Distance: 17 km / 10,2 miles
  • Vertical ascent: 10 meters / 32 feet
Bike ride

Te Miro O One

We leave the hotel by bicycle, crossing agricultural areas on a dirt path. We continue down the coastal path, with views of the Motus, small islets located close to the main island, and various archaeological sites, until reaching the Tahira platform. We then continue along paved and dirt roads returning to the hotel.

  • Type: Half day
  • Duration: 3h
  • Distance: 18 km / 10,8 miles
  • Vertical ascent: 10 meters / 32 feet
Bike ride

Tongariki

We leave the hotel by bicycle, traveling along the coastal road. During the first part of the ride we’ll encounter excellent examples of local agriculture, and then continue towards the Ahu Tongariki, a platform with 15 intact moai. We will return on the same road, stopping along the way to swim in a natural lagoon.

  • Type: Half day
  • Duration: 3h
  • Distance: 22 km / 13,2 miles
  • Vertical ascent: 15 meters / 48 feet
Bike ride

Akivi Taha

We leave the hotel by bicycle and cycle to the town of Hanga Roa. We then take a small dirt road to the platform of the 7 moai, Ahu Akivi. Along the way we will see pineapple, taro, and yam
plantations. We then continue along the coast, passing the Te Peu platform, the Ahu Tahai, and the village of Hanga Roa. We return to the hotel on a paved road.

  • Type: Half day
  • Duration: 4h
  • Distance: 30 km / 18 miles
  • Vertical ascent: 10 meters / 32 feet
At sea

Hi Ika

We leave the hotel by van and travel to a local cove. From here we embark on a traditional fishing boat with local fishermen who, along with our guide, will teach us how to fish in the open sea, using traditional Rapa Nui techniques. Fish include red snapper and glass eye snapper, which can be cooked upon returning to the lodge.

  • Type: Half day
  • Duration: 2h
At sea

Motu

We leave the hotel by van and travel to the coves of Hanga Otai or Hanga Piko. From here, we take a boat to the coastal caves, with panoramic views of the cliffs, Rano Kau and the Motus, small islets famous for the Birdman competition, navigating the crystal clear waters that surround the island.

  • Type: Half day
  • Duration: 2h
At sea

Snorkeling

The waters of Rapa Nui are famous for their clarity. Diving in them is a true privilege. We sail to one of the best areas for snorkeling. explora provides all the proper equipment and a guide to assist in discovering the island’s marine wild life, such as corals, mollusks, crustaceans, and tropical fish.

  • Type: Half day
  • Duration: 1h

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