Tapati Festival 2017

Get deep in the culture and people of Rapa Nui, celebrating a festival where the population is divided into two alliances for 9 days and compete in different challenges, gaining points to crown their candidate as the Queen of Rapa Nui. Tapati Festival is the most relevant display of the island’s cultural traditions, given that it promotes Rapa Nui ancestral customs through songs, dances, typical dresses and other ancient traditions

Highlights:

  • Ceremonial Village of Orongo, Rano Kau, Ana Kai Tangata Cave and Ahu Vinapu
  • Anakena beach, Vaihu Ahu in the Hanga Tee south coast, Ahu Akahanga, Rano Raraku, Ahu Tongariki, Ahu Te Pito Kura, Ahu Nau Nau, and Ahu Ature Huki
  • Ceremonial site of Tahai Ahu, Ahu Akivi, Ana Te Pahu cave and Puna Pau
  • Regular or private services
  • English speaking guide – 3 or 4 night lodging at Hotel with breakfast included – Transfer In/Out and welcome with flower necklace
  • 1 box lunch at Full Day Tour
  • This trip can be extended more days and enjoy free time in Rapa Nui to explore it on your own

Some of the traditions taken place in this 2 weeks

  • Tau’a: Rapa Nui triathlon that takes place in Rano Raraku Volcano
  • Takona: Body painting with natural elements
  • Haka Pei: Competitors slide on banana trunks from a hill at fast speed
  • Vaka Tuai: Alliances recreate a traditional Polynesian boat and then go sailing in the Pacific Sea
  • Hoka Hako Opo: Music bands sing lyrics that can’t be repeated
  • Pora: Dressed with typical outfits competitors swim on a handmade boat
  • Titinggi Mahauta: Costumes made with Mahuate plant
  • Riu: By ritual songs the tell legends and stories of their culture

Day 01

Santiago – Easter Island

Reception in Hanga Roa airport with local welcome and flower necklace.
Afterwards, you’ll be transferred to your Hotel, in the village of Hanga Roa, near all the most important restaurants, museum, shops and local market.
Our guides will give you an itinerary for the next days and we’ll pick you up at your hotel every morning.
Lodging at Hotel Tea Nui or similar at Hanga Roa town

Day 02

Full Day Anakena

After breakfast, our first stop will take us to a restored Ahu called VAIHU, which suffered a destruction phase few centuries ago. We follow AKAHANGA AHU region, which legend tells us that the tomb of the famous King HOTU MATUA is located next to the Ahu.
Afterwards, we’ll visit one of the most important sites of the Rapa Nui culture, the quarry Rano Raraku, where Rapa Nui people carved approximated 900 statues, 397 of them still lying or standing in various stages of construction and transportation.
As well, we’ll visit the famous TONGARIKI AHU, restored in 1995, with its 15 statues standing.
The penultimate site to visit is the “Navel of the World”, along with the AHU TE PITO KURA.
Finally we reached the beach of Anakena, where we find two platforms, the AHU AHU NAU NAU and ATURE HUKI, both restored. We can also appreciate the warm Pacific waters, relax and take a swim on the beach.

Duration: 7,5 hrs aprox
Recommendations: bring water and clothes for swimming in Anakena beach; ask for towels at the hotel.
Places visited: Anakena beach, Vaihu Ahu in the Hanga Tee south coast, Ahu Akahanga, Rano Raraku, Ahu Tongariki, Ahu Te Pito Kura, Ahu Nau Nau, and Ahu Ature Huki.
/ Breakfast / Box Lunch /

Day 03

HD Orongo & Rano Kau + HD Ahu Akivi Tahai Sector

After breakfast we’ll start the excursion going up the extinct Volcano RAO KAU, where you’ll appreciate a great view of the coast, volcanoes and the Hanga Roa town. We’ll continue walking to a lookout point where the crater and lagoon of the Volcano can be seen. Then we head to the Ceremonial village of Orongo where the TANGATA MATU competition is taken place. We’ll also visit the AHU VINAPU with its characteristic architecture of pre-Inca period. At last, we’ll visit

the ANA KAI TANGA cave where you’ll appreciate paintings from the past.

Duration: 3,5 hrs aprox

Places visited: Ceremonial Village of Orongo, Rano Kau crater, Ana Kai Tangata Cave and Ahu Vinapu

HD AHU AKIVI AND TAHAI SECTOR
This half day excursion consists of a site visit with 3 TAHAI ceremonial platforms, AHU, with its statues restored. This site also has the only Moai with eyes. We can also see the remains of a house boat, a house of stone and completely built a jetty rocks.
Then continue with our visit to the AHU AKIVI, restored platform with 7 Moais. According to the legend, these seven statues represent the first explorers who arrived in Rapa Nui, sent by King Hotu Matua.

Later we visit the Puna Pau quarry where he carved the PUKAO of the Moais.
Duration: 3,5 hrs aprox
Places visited: Ceremonial site of Tahai Ahu, Ahu Akivi, Ana Te Pahu cave and Puna Pau
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Day 04

Easter Island – Santiago

After breakfast, a transfer will pick you up at your hotel and drop you off at the airport in time to take flight back to Santiago.
/ Breakfast /

• Regular or Private services
• English speaking guide
• Transfer IN
• Transfer Out
• Entrance to National Park
• Full Day tour Anakena beach with box lunch
• Half Day tour Tahai
• Half Day tour Orongo

• Tips for guide
• Extra meals
• Insurance
• Laundry

Highlights of Rapa Nui – Short Hikes – Culture.