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Discover the magic of the island of Rapa Nui, its beaches, volcanoes and hidden attractions.

Update date: 31 August 2021

Rano Kau, Ahu Tongariki, Anakena

4 days - 154 km (96 mi)
Recommended months for the visit: December - March
Difficulty level

Day 1

Starting at Hanga Roa, you can go to the Ahu Vinapu sector to visit the three ceremonial centers where you’ll see fallen Moai, knocked down during past wars. Next, you can go to the Rano Kau volcano and check out the lagoon inside its crater. The panoramic view of the ocean from here will blow your mind. Finally, you can continue on to see the ceremonial village of Orongo, famous for being the setting of the island’s most important ceremony, the election of the Tangata Manu or “birdman”.

Always observe posted instructions and environmental protocols.

Day 2

After a good night’s rest, start day 2 at the Ahu Akivi ceremonial center, a place that is known for being a celestial observatory with its seven Moai. In the afternoon, you can go see the four-handed Moai at Uri a Urenga and also see the hills Maunga Mataengo and Maunga Traina. Finally, climb to the top of Puna Pau and see the crater of Puna Pau, the city of Hanga Roa and the west coast of the island.

Get plenty of rest, always carry water, sunscreen, passport, adequate clothing, first aid kit, and toiletries.

Day 3

Today is beach day! Start it by visiting the Ahu Vaihu, located in the bay of Hanga Te’e. Then go by the Ahu Akahanga, a place where you’ll find many fallen Moai. Next, walk over to Ahu Tongariki, to see the Moai facing the Pacific Ocean. Before the end of the day, visit Ahu Nau Nau, located on Anakena beach, where you can snorkel and taste the famous Umu Rapa Nui, the Rapa Nui version of the Chilean curanto, a steamed fish and vegetable preparation.

Always observe posted instructions and environmental protocols.

Day 4

On the last day, you can tour the Ana Te Pahu Circuit and check out the island’s caves and caverns. In the afternoon, after a mini break staring at the ocean, enjoy a horse ride through the caves of Ana Kakenga and the Caves of Dos Ventanas (Two Windows). Then go to the cave of Ana te Pahu. To finish the tour, go to the sacred altar of Ahu Akivi, where you walk around Maunga Roiho and take many beautiful selfies.

Bring clothes for hot days and also something warmer, take a handbag, a camera, a cell phone charger and a first aid kit.

Plan your perfect trip
  • Bring clothes for hot days and also something warmer; take a handbag, a camera, a cell phone charger and a first aid kit.
  • Don't forget to book early in advance! During the high season, lodging places fill up quickly.
  • You can get around the city by renting a car, taking a taxi to pick you up and drop you off whenever you want, or you can also rent a bike.
  • You will need to have your round trip ticket, identity card or passport and either a copy of your accommodation reservation or a letter of invitation from a Rapa Nui resident.
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