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EASTER ISLAND (RAPA NUI), CHILE

Easter Island: The Majesty and Mystery of Rapa Nui

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Program #16342RJ
10 Days | 9 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
At the turn of the millennium, the island of Rapa Nui — later named Easter Island by a Dutch explorer — flourished with the communities of early Polynesians. Delve into their legacy and history as you explore Easter Island and relish in an opportunity to study the monolithic moai that still exist. Meet archaeologists and historians who study these ancient peoples as well as local residents who continue to call this sub-tropical island their home.


Highlights

• Walk around the quarry from which the massive moai were carved, which includes nearly 400 unfinished giants and spectacular petroglyphs.
• Meet island residents and share in a home-hosted meal.
• Explore the island's most important archaeological sites — including Ahu Tongariki, Orongo Ceremonial Village, and Ahu Vinapu — and examine the mystery of why the moai were built, why they were toppled, and why the cult of the birdman arose.

Activity Notes

Physically demanding program with extensive walking over uneven terrain and along hillsides. Some stairs required.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Santiago (Chile), 1 night; flight to Easter Island (Rapa Nui), 6 nights; departure.

Date Notes
1/26/2015
The January 26th, 2015 departure is scheduled to be on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) during a portion of the annual Tapati Festival, a celebration of Rapa Nui culture and arts through music, dance, athletic competitions, and visual arts. This program is two days longer to allow more time to enjoy the festival.

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You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
7 nights of accommodations
20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips
2 Performances
2 Flights during the program

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4.9
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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