Enormous and enigmatic stone Moai statues are the most famous inhabitants of Rapa Nui (better known as “Easter Island”). While the origins and evolution of these 887 gargantuan figures remain unexplained, they appear everywhere, standing proud for hundreds of years or having toppled down and eroded. The perfect base for exploring this attractive and mysterious island – the most remote inhabited island in the world – is the Explora Rapa Nui Hotel. To experience the amazing heritage, geography and culture of Easter Island first hand, hotel guests can participate in daily “Explorations” (excursions) that range from treks, mountain bike rides and sea excursions that suit all tastes and varying levels of ability. Almost 20 excursions are offered, all having strong cultural and archaeological focuses and led by an expert bilingual local guide. The hotel’s programs are available year round, but require a minimum stay of 3 nights, though longer stays are recommended for sufficient time to enjoy these unforgettable experiences. (Note: During Christmas and New Year there are fixed programs of 4 nights) As for the lodge itself, it is wonderfully remote. Located on a hill surrounded by four square miles of isolated grounds, only those distant Moai statues interrupt the view. The design of the lodge was intended to fit into the geography of the island while having minimal impact on its surrounding environment, as it was built on a site that is both inappropriate for agricultural use and devoid of archaeological ruins. Characterized by superb service and modern cutting-edge accommodations, this angular hotel is constructed of concrete, stone, glass and wood. All of its 30 rooms, which extend to the north and south from a central building, have red-clay roofs and excellent ocean views. Each of the rooms has a small living area, hydro-massage bath and plush beds in which you can sink into at the end of the day. The lodge has a welcoming main lodge and indoor spaces that integrate aspects of the local culture, while just a few steps away one finds the Casa de Banos spa, a pool, heated open-air Jacuzzis, a bar and the Hare Taheta massage room, where guests can indulge in a relaxing and therapeutic massage as they contemplate the ocean views.

Highlights

Chile, Easter Island, Optional activities to choose, trekking, Mountain Biking, Sea Exploring

Detailed Itineraries

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Optional activities - Trekking

AM: Easy Trekking: 1: Hike Down to the Coast – Ahu Akahanga Archaeological Site Type: Half day Duration: 2.5 hours Distance: 4 kms / 2.4 miles Ascent: 105 meters / 336 feet Highlights: Ahu Akahanga archaeological site, coastal views, Moai statues Description: We leave the lodge 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 never reached their final destinations. We return to the lodge by van. Family recommended Moderate Trekking: 2: Ahu Akivi & Te Peu Platforms -- Ana Kakenga Cave – Ahu Te Peu Type: Half day Duration: 3.5 hours Distance: 6.5 kms / 3.9 miles Ascent: 115 meters / 368 feet Highlights: The only Moai looking towards the ocean, cliffs, panoramic views, caves, coral-eyed Moai Description: We leave the lodge by van 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 lodge by van. Family recommended Advanced Trekking: 3: Hike Up Maunga Pua Kati Hill Type: Half day Duration: 3.5 hours Distance: 8.5 kms / 5.1 miles Ascent: 365 meters / 1.168 feet Highlights: Panoramic views, cliffs, views of the fifteen Moai from above, Vai Aheva fountain Description: We leave the lodge 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 lodge by van.

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AM: Easy Mountain Biking: 1: Te Miro O One Type: Half day Duration: 3 hours Distance: 18 kms / 10.8 miles Ascent: 10 meters / 32 feet Highlights: Panoramic views, archaeological sites Description: We leave the lodge 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 lodge. Moderate Mountain Biking: 2: Ahu Tongariki (Ride to the fifteen Moai) Moai Type: Half day Duration: 3 hours Distance: 22 kms / 13.2 miles Ascent: 15 meters / 48 feet Highlights: Panoramic views, swimming in natural lagoons, local agriculture, moai Description: We leave the lodge 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. Advanced Mountain Biking: 3: Akivi Taha (A ride to the seven Moai) Type: Half day Duration: 4 hours Distance: 30 kms / 18 miles Ascent: 10 meters / 32 feet Highlights: Hanga Roa village, plantations, archaeological sites, moai platforms Description: We leave the lodge 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 lodge on a paved road.

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AM: Easy Sea Exploring: 1: Traditional Fishing Type: Half day Duration: 2 hours Highlights: Local cove, traditional fishing techniques, open sea Description: We leave the lodge 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. Family recommended

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AM: Easy Sea Exploring: 1: Motu (a journey to the coastal caves and islets by boat) Type: Half day Duration: 2 hours Distance: 8 kms / 4 miles Highlights: Panoramic views from the sea, crystal clear waters, caves Description: We leave the lodge 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. Family recommended

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Price per person

Mid Season - Suite Raa - Double

USD$ 3143

Mid Season - Varúa - Double

USD$ 2343

Summer Season - Suite Raa - Double

USD$ 3378

Summer Season - Varúa - Double

USD$ 2520

Included in the price

  • Accommodations
  • All meals and bar
  • All Explorations
  • Transfers from/to airports
  • Relaxing area, Wi-Fi service in public areas, and national park entrance fees

Not included in the price

  • Massages
  • Selections from the exclusive wine list
  • Laundry services
  • National and international phone calls

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Optional activities to choose - trekking

AM: Easy Trekking: 2: Ara O Te Moai Trail – The Moai Quarry Type: Half day Duration: 2.5-3 hours Distance: 4.5 kms / 2.7 miles Ascent: 65 meters / 208 feet Highlights: Over 350 statues, Moai in different conditions, volcano crater, panoramic views Description: We leave the lodge 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 lodge by van. Family recommended Moderate Trekking: 2: Pui Hill – Moai Quarry Type: Half day Duration: 3 hours Distance: 6 kms / 3.6 miles Ascent: 130 meters / 416 feet Highlights: The biggest Moai ever transported, Moai quarry, panoramic views Description: We leave the lodge by van and head to the Cerro de Pui hill. 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 lodge by van. Advanced Trekking: 2: Hike to the Highest Points on the Island – Anakena Beach Type: Half day Duration: 4 hours Distance: 10 kms / 6 miles Ascent: 511 meters / 1.635 feet Highlights: 360° panoramic views, archaeological sites, Anakena Beach, swimming Description: We leave the lodge 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 the 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 lodge by van.

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AM: Easy Mountain Biking: 1: Te Miro O One Type: Half day Duration: 3 hours Distance: 18 kms / 10.8 miles Ascent: 10 meters / 32 feet Highlights: Panoramic views, archaeological sites Description: We leave the lodge 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 lodge. Moderate Mountain Biking: 1: Ahu Tongariki (Ride to the fifteen Moai) Moai Type: Half day Duration: 3 hours Distance: 22 kms / 13.2 miles Ascent: 15 meters / 48 feet Highlights: Panoramic views, swimming in natural lagoons, local agriculture, moai Description: We leave the lodge 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. Advanced Mountain Biking: 1: Akivi Taha (A ride to the seven Moai) Type: Half day Duration: 4 hours Distance: 30 kms / 18 miles Ascent: 10 meters / 32 feet Highlights: Hanga Roa village, plantations, archaeological sites, moai platforms Description: We leave the lodge 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 lodge on a paved road.

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AM: Easy Sea Exploring: 3: Snorkeling Type: Half day Duration: 1 hour Highlights: Crystal clear waters, abundant marine wildlife Description: 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. Family recommended

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AM: Easy Trekking: 3: Ahu Tongariki Moai Platform – Ovahe Beach – Anakena Beach Intensity: Easy to moderate Type: Half day Duration: 3.5 hours Distance: 6 kms / 3.6 miles Ascent: 10 meters / 32 feet Highlights: Largest Moai platform on the island, panoramic views, petroglyphs, beach Description: We leave the lodge by van 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 lodge by van. Family recommended. Moderate Trekking: 4: Ahu Tahira Platform – Rano Kau Crater – Orongo Ceremonial Village Type: Half day Duration: 3.5 hours Distance: 9 kms / 5.4 miles Ascent: 280 meters / 896 feet Highlights: Archaeological sites, cliffs, volcano, Orongo ceremonial village Description: We leave the lodge by van and travel to the Ahu Tahira, a platform of similar construction to those of the Incas in Peru 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 walk around the rim crater until reaching Orongo, the ancient ceremonial village where the Tangata Manu (birdman) competition was performed. Return to the lodge by van.

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AM: Advanced Mountain Biking: 1: Akivi Taha (A ride to the seven Moai) Type: Half day Duration: 4 hours Distance: 30 kms / 18 miles Ascent: 10 meters / 32 feet Highlights: Hanga Roa village, plantations, archaeological sites, moai platforms Description: We leave the lodge 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 lodge on a paved road.

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Price per person

Holidays - Suite Raa - Double

USD$ 4625

Holidays - Varúa - Double

USD$ 3519

Mid Season - Suite Raa - Double

USD$ 3143

Mid Season - Varúa - Double

USD$ 2968

Summer Season - Suite Raa - Double

USD$ 4279

Summer Season - Varúa - Double

USD$ 3192

Included in the price

  • Accommodations
  • All meals and bar
  • All Explorations
  • Transfers from/to airports
  • Relaxing area, Wi-Fi service in public areas, and national park entrance fees

Not included in the price

  • Massages
  • Selections from the exclusive wine list
  • Laundry services
  • National and international phone calls

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Optional activities to choose - trekking

AM: Easy Trekking: 2: Ara O Te Moai Trail – The Moai Quarry Type: Half day Duration: 2.5-3 hours Distance: 4.5 kms / 2.7 miles Ascent: 65 meters / 208 feet Highlights: Over 350 statues, Moai in different conditions, volcano crater, panoramic views Description: We leave the lodge 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 lodge by van. Family recommended Moderate Trekking: 4: Ahu Tahira Platform – Rano Kau Crater – Orongo Ceremonial Village Type: Half day Duration: 3.5 hours Distance: 9 kms / 5.4 miles Ascent: 280 meters / 896 feet Highlights: Archaeological sites, cliffs, volcano, Orongo ceremonial village Description: We leave the lodge by van and travel to the Ahu Tahira, a platform of similar construction to those of the Incas in Peru 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 walk around the rim crater until reaching Orongo, the ancient ceremonial village where the Tangata Manu (birdman) competition was performed. Return to the lodge by van. Advanced Trekking: 3: Te Peu Platform – Anakena Beach Type: Full day Duration: 6 hours Distance: 13.5 kms / 8.1 miles Ascent: 60 meters / 192 feet Highlights: Cliffs, archaeological sites, natural lagoons, Anakena Beach, picnic lunch Description: We leave the lodge 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 lodge by van.

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AM: Advanced Mountain Biking: 1: Akivi Taha (A ride to the seven Moai) Type: Half day Duration: 4 hours Distance: 30 kms / 18 miles Ascent: 10 meters / 32 feet Highlights: Hanga Roa village, plantations, archaeological sites, moai platforms Description: We leave the lodge 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 lodge on a paved road.

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AM: Easy Sea Exploring: 1: Traditional Fishing Type: Half day Duration: 2 hours Highlights: Local cove, traditional fishing techniques, open sea Description: We leave the lodge 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. Family recommended

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AM: Moderate Trekking: 5: Terevaka Volcano – Rano Aroi Crater – Hanga Roa Village – Akivi Platform Type: Half day Duration: 3 hours Distance: 7 kms / 4.2 miles Ascent: 391 meters / 1.251 feet Highlights: Terevaka volcano, the highest point of the island, archaeological sites, 360° view of the island, Hanga Roa, Moai platforms Description: We leave the lodge 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.

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AM: Advanced Trekking: 3: Te Peu Platform – Anakena Beach Type: Full day Duration: 6 hours Distance: 13.5 kms / 8.1 miles Ascent: 60 meters / 192 feet Highlights: Cliffs, archaeological sites, natural lagoons, Anakena Beach, picnic lunch Description: We leave the lodge 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 lodge by van.

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AM: Moderate Mountain Biking: 1: Ahu Tongariki (Ride to the fifteen Moai) Moai Type: Half day Duration: 3 hours Distance: 22 kms / 13.2 miles Ascent: 15 meters / 48 feet Highlights: Panoramic views, swimming in natural lagoons, local agriculture, moai Description: We leave the lodge 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.

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AM: Advanced Trekking: 3: Te Peu Platform – Anakena Beach Type: Full day Duration: 6 hours Distance: 13.5 kms / 8.1 miles Ascent: 60 meters / 192 feet Highlights: Cliffs, archaeological sites, natural lagoons, Anakena Beach, picnic lunch Description: We leave the lodge 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 lodge by van.

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Price per person

Mid Season - Suite Raa - Double

USD$ 5500

Mid Season - Varúa - Double

USD$ 4100

Summer Season - Suite Raa - Double

USD$ 5912

Summer Season - Varúa - Double

USD$ 4410

Included in the price

  • Accommodations
  • All meals and bar
  • All Explorations
  • Transfers from/to airports
  • Relaxing area, Wi-Fi service in public areas, and national park entrance fees

Not included in the price

  • Massages
  • Selections from the exclusive wine list
  • Laundry services
  • National and international phone calls

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Jen L

May 2024 • Family

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We went to Quito, Isabela and Santa Cruz islands in the Galapagos. Jorge planned an amazing trip - all details were taken care of and the trip was seamless. We stayed at Patio Andaluz Hotel in Quito, Casita de la Playa in Isabela, and Ikala Galapagos in Santa Cruz - all were great. The tours and guides were all fantastic! Evelyn and the team at Surtrek ensured that the trip went smoothly. It was a trip of a lifetime. I would highly recommend!
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An S

Feb 2024 • Solo

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Sutrek - Juan Pablo - helped me plan a 2 week solo trip to Chile (the entire length frim North to South) with arrival in Santiago. It was really well planned, even though it was a last minute request. The communications were prompt and clear. Throughout the trip - i had full detailz and felt safe & well taken care off. Even when I wanted to change anything / or wanted improvements during the trip - it was addressed. I highly recommend Surtrek.
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cubigon

Jul 2023 • Family

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We used Surtrek for our Galapagos trip. It was the best decision we made. Karla Leon created our itinerary and was amazing. She was always available and communicated with our group all the time while in the Islands. We will be using them again in the future. I recommend them 100%

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Nic

Feb 2024 • Friends

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And amazing trip and great organisation. Everything went smoothly which made the trip a pleasure. All guides and tours were excellent and I recommend highly. Booking was a pleasure with Juan helping us to build a customised trip to see everything we wanted to in Brazil, Bolivia and Chile.
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Exploration137916

Nov 2023 • Solo

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I traveled with Surtrek and the team made everything orgnized and meanwhile I had a wonderful time with local people. The guides were very friendly and answered my questions about local nature and history. The operation team made every aspect smooth and I didn't have to worry about anything. recommend highly.

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