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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exploration, Rapa Nui, Te miro o one
half day exploration, Easter Island
Hiking

Te Miro O One

We leave the hotel by foot and descend towards the coast, passing through prairies and crops and several archaeological sites along the way. The hike ends at the archaeological platform Ahu Akahanga, the island’s second largest platform and the resting place of Hotu Matu’a, the first king. We go back to the hotel by van.

  • Type: Half day
  • Duration: 2h30m
  • Distance: 4km / 2,4 miles
  • Vertical ascent: 105 meters / 336 feet
exploration Easter Island, hiking
Ranu Raraku, hiking in Easter Island, Ara o te moai
exploration in Rapa Nui
Hiking

Ara O Te Moai

We leave the hotel by van towards Hanga Te Tenga, where we visit a group of moais that were abandoned during their transport. We then walk along the Ara O Te Moai, a trail that was used by the Rapa Nui people to transport moais. Here we will spot some statues that were abandoned as they were being transported and others that were simply never finished. Then we will reach Ranu Raraku National Park, the quarry where all these statues were carved, and we will enter the crater. We return to the hotel by van.

Family recommended.

  • Type: Half day
  • Duration: 2h30/ 3h
  • Distance: 4,5 km / 2,7 miles
  • Vertical ascent: 208 feet
Ahu tongariki, 15 moais, Easter Island, Mahatua Ovahe exploration
Ovahe beach, pink sand, exploration Mahatua Ovahe
Anakena Beach
Hiking

Mahatua Ovahe

We leave the hotel by van towards Ahu Tongariki, a platform with 15 fully preserved moais. This platform, or Ahu, is the island’s largest and on its ground floor we will be able to spot some stone petroglyphs. We then border the coastline and admire panoramic views of the ocean’s shifting blue and turquoise colors, fishing coves with local inhabitants, and numerous archaeological sites. Finally we will walk to Ovahe, a beach with red sand and crystal clear waters. From here we will take a van to Anakena, the island’s largest beach. We return to the hotel by van.

Family recommended.

  • Type: Half day
  • Duration: 3h10m
  • Distance: 6 km / 3,6 miles
  • Vertical ascent: 10 meters/ 32 feet
Ahu Te Peu Hanga Roa exploration
moais in Easter island, explorations, hikings
Hiking

Ahu Te Peu–Hanga Roa

We leave the hotel by van towards Ahu Akivi, the only site on the island where the moais are facing the sea. We then walk through steep cliffs with spectacular views to the Pacific Ocean until we reach Ana Te Pahu, the banana cave. After that we head towards the Ana Kakenga, a large tube-shaped cavern formed as a result of lava flows. Finally, we take a van to Ahu Tahai, in Hanga Roa, an ideal place to watch the sunset.

Family recommended.

  • Type: Half day
  • Duration: 3h30m
  • Distance: 6,5 km / 3,9 miles
  • Vertical ascent: 115 meters / 368 feet
hiking Easter Island, volcanic cones, Rano Raraku
the Moai quarry, exploration, Easter Island
hiking Easter Island
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
the largest moia platform, ahu tongariki
Papa Vaka archaeological site
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
Rano Kau crater, Ara O Te Tangata Manu exploration
motu, orongo, easter island, exploration
the ceremonial village of Orongo, birdman, Rapa Nui, hiking
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 thevolcano. 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
Terevaka volcano
hiking Easter Island. Avaranga Uka Akivi
Hiking

Avaranga Uka Akivi

We leave the hotel by van and travel towards the foothills of the Terevaka volcano. We then go up through a small ravine, passing by several archaeological sites. After visiting the Rano Aroi crater, we reach the island’s highest point, where we will enjoy 360° views of the area. We will then descend and end our exploration near the Akivi platform. We return to the hotel by van.

  • Type: Half day
  • Duration: 3h
  • Distance: 7 km / 4,2 miles
  • Vertical ascent: 391 meters / 1,251 feet
PUAKATIKI EXPLORATION
VOLCANO POIKE
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
TEREVAKA ANAKENA EXPLORATION
hiking to Anakena beach, Easter Island
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
HANGA O TEO EXPLORATION, ANAKENA BEACH
natural lagoons in Easter Island, full day exploration
moais in Anakena beach, Hanga O Teo hiking
Hiking

Hanga O Teo

We leave the hotel by van towards the Ahu Akivi platform. From there, we walk through a trail that borders steep cliffs, visiting some natural lagoons, passing through plains, and observing several archaeological sites. We then reach Anakena, a pristine beach with white sands and crystal clear waters. During the trip we will enjoy a picnic. We go back to the hotel by van.

  • Type: Full day
  • Duration: 6h
  • Distance: 13,5 km / 8,1 miles
  • Vertical ascent: 60 meters / 192 feet
Orito bike ride
fishing cove Hanga Tee, Orito bike ride
Hanga Roa, Rapa Nui, Easter Island, explorations
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. Alongthe 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.

Family recommended.

  • Type: Half day
  • Duration: 2h
  • Distance: 17 km / 10,2 miles
  • Vertical ascent: 10 meters / 32 feet
bike ride Te Miro O One
crossing agricultural areas on a dirt path
exploration in Easter Island, Te Miro O One bike ride
Bike ride

Te Miro O One

We leave the hotel by bicycle and ride along a dirt road that passes through farmlands. We then follow the coastline, bordering several archeological sites, until we reach the Tahira platform. We then pedal along paved and dirt roads to make our way back to the hotel.

  • Type: Half day
  • Duration: 3h
  • Distance: 18 km / 10,8 miles
  • Vertical ascent: 10 meters / 32 feet
Tongariki bike ride
bike ride in Easter Island
the Ahu Tongariki, a platform with 15 intact moai
Bike ride

Tongariki

We ride our bikes from the hotel to Ahu Tongariki, the island’s greatest platform, which boasts 15 fully preserved moais. During our journey we pass by several archaeological sites and then continue our exploration towards Anakena, to enjoy a swim at the beach. We go back to the hotel by van.

  • 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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