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Easter Island itinerary - what to do besides Moai statues?

Vienna, Virginia
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Easter Island itinerary - what to do besides Moai statues?

Hi:

We are a family of three (two adults and one 8-yr old) visiting Easter Island this April. Can you please review our current itinerary. We want the trip to be relaxed.

13 APRIL:

- Arrive in Easter Island (13:10)

- See Museo Antropologico P. Sebastian Englert

- Ballet Kari Kari (if time permits otherwise do this on 15th or 16th)

14 APRIL

- Private full day tour (Rano Raraku, Tongariki, etc,)

- (evening)??

15 APRIL

- Private half day SOUTH-side tour (Orongo, etc)

- Horseback riding(?)

- (evening)??

16 APRIL

- Private half day NORTH-side tour (Vinapu, etc.)

- Snorkeling (?)

- (evening)??

17 APRIL

- Fly to Santiago

1. What do you recommend for evening activities?

2. Where can we go horseback riding if we do not want to revisit the places seen on our tours?

3. Is snorkeling good in April? Which are the good operators?

4. Are there taxis on the island?

Thanks,

D

Easter Island, Chile
Destination Expert
for Easter Island
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1. Re: Easter Island itinerary - what to do besides Moai statues?

I'll answer your questions (at the end of my message) but, please, see a few details before that.

There's no shows available on 13th April 2014 (since it's Sunday). Kari Kari have a show on 15th April (on Tuesday) but not on 16th April.

Museum closes 12:30 on Sundays so you cannot do that on the day of your arrival, either. It's open Tue-Fri until 17:30 (05:30 PM), Sat-Sun until 12:30 and closed on Mondays.

Horseback riding is not available always during the afternoon (unless you want to do it in private which, naturally, doubles the cost).

Pantu is a great horseback operator and you might ask your hotel to book it for you when you'll arrive. If you did book your tours with Kia Koe Tour, they can organize you horseback riding since they work with Pantu so sending an email is all it takes.

However, unless you're an experienced rider, it might be more exhausting than you think (especially if the day is hot and humid).

Thus, I'd recommend you to have 2 half day tours during the same day (morning and afternoon halfs are separated by a lunch break so that's not too demanding) and do the horseback riding in the morning.

Then, some answers:

1.) Shows of the island are real good, sunset photos near Ahu Tahai, Museum, artesanal marketplaces etc.

2.) Terevaka, the highest point of the island, is the most popular option (I recommend that, too).

3.) Yes. I recommend Orca and Mike Rapu at the harbor. There's no real difference between the two. If the other is closed, another should be open.

4.) Plenty. Price is fixed in Hanga Roa so price is not an issue. However, NEVER take taxi OUTSIDE of Hanga Roa unless you have the price in written since legally taxis can charge as much as they want (this is a difference between the main land and the island).

Vienna, Virginia
posts: 274
reviews: 65
2. Re: Easter Island itinerary - what to do besides Moai statues?

Thanks a lot for the detailed reply. I will adjust the itinerary accordingly.

Regards,

D

Easter Island, Chile
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3. Re: Easter Island itinerary - what to do besides Moai statues?

For more inspiration on what to do, here's an extensive list:

easterislandtraveling.com/travel-tips/…

Austin, Texas
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4. Re: Easter Island itinerary - what to do besides Moai statues?

Thanks Jarkko.

Roughly how much is the fixed taxi fee in Hanga Roa? Roughly how much would a pre-dawn ride out to Tongariki be? Do you think I could get a better rate for a multi-day car rental than than the daily rate?

Thanks for any information you can provide. (There is so much to do I want every minute to count!!)

Easter Island, Chile
Destination Expert
for Easter Island
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5. Re: Easter Island itinerary - what to do besides Moai statues?

Currently, taxi ride in Hanga Roa is fixed to CLP 2.000.- (and CLP 3.000.- after midnight).

The only exception is the airport that has an airport extra (CLP 3.000.- from and to airport).

If you take taxi by yourself on the street, you should ask how much it is since taxi business is NOT regulated on the island (unlike in continental Chile) meaning that legally they can charge you anything they like.

Additionally, make sure you pay in local currency (CLP) since if you pay in USD they'll usually apply exchange rate 400 (meaning USD 1 = 400) while most common exchange rate is 500 (USD 1 = CLP 500). Additionally, you might not get change if you pay in foreign currency.

Remember also that it's "hop and stop": if you stop to draw cash from ATM and, then, move on to a restaurant, it's 2 separate trips (CLP 2.000.- X2 = CLP 4.000.-).

Be cautious at the airport since there's sometimes people who, especially late at night, trying to "accidentally" snatch you to another hotel or residential.

It might be a good idea to organize transfer service through your hotel or tour operator even you'll pay some extra for a shared service (CLP 5.000.- / person including transfer both ways with a collar of flowers upon arrival). Note that tour operators do not accept anyone at the airport without a pre-confirmed reservation.

If you'll arrange a taxi drive for yourself to see sunrise, you'll be ripped off... Taxis charge approx. USD 60.- depending the season.

Don't expect any good deals during the high season but you might get some discount when you'll rent a vehicle for several days (minimum 3 days). However, any scratch or damage will be charged full since vehicles are uninsured and you cannot even get an insurance (insurance companies in mainland Chile do not admit any insurances).

New York City, New...
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6. Re: Easter Island itinerary - what to do besides Moai statues?

Your eight year old will probably enjoy having time to play in one of the many parks designed for kids--there is an especially wonderful one next to the harbor. An afternoon at Anakena beach combines swimming, snorkeling in calm water--but no fish!), and beautiful restored moai.

A caution about snorkeling: when we were there we had a terrific boat ride to the small rocky islands where the ocean was a bit choppy and I did not feel comfortable going in although I am a strong swimmer and experienced snorkeler.

Also, although entrees in nice restaurants are expensive ($20-40) portions are huge--ample for two adults. So don't be put off by menus. You may want to bring healthy snacks from the mainland since food prices for lunches are high.

Easter Island, Chile
Destination Expert
for Easter Island
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7. Re: Easter Island itinerary - what to do besides Moai statues?

You might do snorkeling in Ovahe (small beach east of Anakena) on your own if you have the equipment but you should note that there's a sea current that might be dangerous even to adults. Thus, it's best to swim only in Anakena beach with children.

If you want to support local economy, use local services, including restaurants. Easter Island is not really that expensive.

Delicious empanadas (approx. CLP 2.000.-) and sandwiches (CLP 4.500.- and above) cannot be compared to snacks you might grab from the mainland and there are delicious meals starting from CLP 7.000.- unless you want to have a lunch or dinner in one of the best restaurants (approx. USD 20-60.- for a meal).

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