Rapa Nui / Easter Island

Introduction

Easter Island or Rapa Nui is famous for its 887 extant monumental statues, called moai, created by the early Rapa Nui people. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with much of the island protected within Rapa Nui National Park.

This island is one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world. The nearest inhabited land (50 residents) is Pitcairn Island at 2,075 km (1,289 mi), and the nearest continental point lies in Central Chile, at 3,512 km (2,182 mi).

The Tangata Manu (bird-man), was the winner of a traditional competition on Rapa Nui. This ritual was an annual competition to collect the first Sooty Tern (Manu Tara) egg of the season from the islet of Motu Nui, swim back to Rapa Nui and climb the sea cliff of Rano Kau to the clifftop village of Orongo.

Easter Island had vast seabird colonies containing probably over 30 resident species, perhaps the world's richest! Such colonies are no longer found on the main island, but they are coming back! On the motus we´ll be able to find up to 5 species (possibly 6) of Pterodroma Gadfly Petrels and other seabirds (around 7 species), plus the chance to see some landbirds (all introduced), including Chilean Tinamou (endemic to Chile), Chimango Caracara and Common Diuca-Finch, among others. All this in an island that is "supposed to have no birds."

4 Days / 3 Nights

Departures

Throughout the year.

Price

950 to 2.400 US Dollars, per person. Varies according to the number of people. Includes private ground transportation, lodging, all meals, boat trips to the Motus, entrance fees to parks and Birding Guide (+ all guide fees).

Meet and depart

Mataveri Airport, Easter Island

Dates:

From Thu Apr 08,2021 To Sun Apr 11,2021

DAY 1

Meet in Santiago or Rapa Nui. Once in Easter Island we´ll drive to our hotel and then we shall visit our first Moai. In the evening we´ll do a Boat trip to the Motus to see our first Pterodroma Gadfly Petrels, among other birds. Night in Hanga Roa.

DAY 2

Birding in the morning and then we´ll visit amazing archaeological sites including spectacular Moai. Birding in the evening. Night in Hanga Roa.

DAY 3

More culture and archaeology, then visit Rano Raraku, Anakena and Ahu Akiviri. Boat trip in afternoon to see more seabirds not yet located. Night in Hanga Roa.

DAY 4

This morning we will visit the great archaeological museum, as well as have some time for shopping for souvenirs. Our departure for Santiago will be in the afternoon arriving in the evening.

*According to weather/sailing conditions, the boat trip will take place on day 1, 2 or 3.

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