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Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
Easter Island: The Majesty and Mystery of Rapa Nui
Alongside an archaeologist, dig into one of the world’s most enduring mysteries as you explore Easter Island and its ancient moai. Plus, share a traditional meal with a local family!
Program No. 16342RJ
Length
10 days
Starts at
4,699
Flights start at
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10 days
9 nights
20 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight

Activity note: If you have made arrangements to arrive ahead of the group, when booking your hotel pre-stay, please note that we have secured early check-in at Hotel Plaza San Francisco in Santiago, Chile. This means that our group rooms are available for you to occupy starting at check-in time (which is 3:00 pm) on Day One of this program. If you are arriving on Day Two, rooms will be available immediately upon check-in.

Evening: Depart from the U.S.A. on overnight flights to Santiago, Chile. Refer to your personal air itinerary for specific flight information.

DAY
2
Arrival in Santiago, Orientation, Historic Santiago by bus
Santiago
L,D
Hotel Plaza San Francisco

Activity note: Rooms are guaranteed for early check-in. Half day trip will be done on a bus with some stop overs that will require getting on and off the bus.

Morning: Arrival to Santiago's Arturo Merino Benitez Airport in Santiago, Chile. See your program’s travel details regarding transfers. If you are an independent traveler (POP status) and you will not be joining one of the scheduled transfers, see “Ground Transportation to First Location.” Rooms are guaranteed for early check-in. Orientation-The group leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Periods in the schedule labeled "Free Time" and "At Leisure" offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable while going out to explore on your own, engaging in available activities independently, making new friends among fellow Road Scholars, or simply relaxing. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Lunch: Bristol Restaurant in hotel, lobby level. This is a Chilean-style multi course plated lunch. A selection of non-alcoholic beverages are included.

Afternoon: Explore historic Santiago and surrounding neighborhoods on a guided visit with stops at the city's historic center, Plaza de Armas, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Pre-Columbian Art Museum and the Presidential Palace. Continue to Saint Christopher Hill, with its iconic, 46-feet-high statue of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception for great views of Santiago (weather and smog permitting). Drive through the neighborhoods of Providencia, Las Condes, and Vitacura, then stop at Pueblito Los Dominicos, a charming local handicraft market (time permitting).

Dinner: Late (Chilean-style timing) plated dinner in the hotel's Bristol Restaurant, lobby level. A selection of non-alcoholic beverages are included.

DAY
3
Fly to Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Afternoon at Leisure
Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
B,L,D
Hotel Otai

Activity note: Non stop flight from Santiago to Rapa Nui (approximately 5 hours) Local time time in Easter Island is two hours behind mainland Chile

Breakfast: Light breakfast in the hotel lobby. This grab and go breakfast consists of an assortment of pastry, fruit and juices.

Morning: Check out of hotel; depart for Arturo Benitez Airport. Lan Chile flight departs Santiago on morning flight for Rapa Nui (Easter Island). Food typically served on flight. late morning: Arrive Easter Island, transfer to hotel and check in

Lunch: A light snack will be served upon arrival to the hotel. This snack will be buffet style and includes items such as empanadas, an assortment of cheese & meats, and Pan de molde. A selection of non-alcoholic beverages are included.

Afternoon: After lunch your afternoon will be at leisure to explore Hanga Roa town or rest. You might wish to have the local post office (located right across the street from the hotel) stamp your passport with a unique moai statues stamp (free of harge).The stamp does not have any legal implications; it's simply a nice memento of your time in Rapa Nui. (M- F: 9am -1pm & 3-6 pm; Sat: 10 am-1 pm) or walk take a short walk to the harbor to see our first moai.

Dinner: Welcome Dinner in hotel restaurant. Enjoy a plated meal with choices of meat or fish. Menu changes based on season and availability. Coffee, tea or water included with meal. Alcoholic beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At Leisure to explore or relax and prepare for the next day's activities.

DAY
4
An Introduction to Rapa Nui, Englert Museum, Ahu Tahai
Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
B,L,D
Hotel Otai

Activity note: Walking and standing during study trip to Ahu Tahai, uneven terrain. Hat, sun screen and/or umbrella suggested.

Breakfast: In the hotel restaurant, our breakfast buffet features bread, pastry, eggs, fruits, cheese, juices, coffee, tea & water.

Morning: Begin with a welcome and overview class of Rapa Nui. Discover the Padre Sebastian Englert Archaeological Museum on a guided visit of museum and its artifacts, including the only intact white coral moai eye, as well as displays of local geology, flora and fauna; maps; illustrations of house types; and many other elements of Rapa Nui culture. Padre Sebastian Englert was a missionary priest who lived on the island nearly 35 years and studied the people, the culture and the carvings. White numbers are still visible on some of the moai and pukao that are part of the system he developed while inventorying the islands artifacts. The new museum and associated facilities were built with a grant in aid from Japan.

Lunch: At Hotel. Enjoy a plated meal with choices of meat or fish. Menu changes based on season and availability. Coffee, tea or water included with meal. Alcoholic beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Head to Tahai for an introduction to the famous monoliths of Rapa Nui: Ahu Vai Ure topped by five moai; Ahu Tahai (A.D. 680); and Ahu Ko te Riku (A.D. 12th century, a 15½-feet-high, 20-ton moai that is topped by a pukao (red scoria top knot). At Hanga Kio`e, a small bay just past town, view two more ahu restored by Dr. William Mulloy, part of a larger site that includes Ahu Akapu with its solitary moai and Dr. Mulloy's gravesite.

Dinner: At a local Rapa Nui restaurant. Meal includes a choice of meat or fish. A selection of non-alcoholic beverages are included.

Evening: At Leisure to explore or relax and prepare for the next day's activities.

DAY
5
Ahu Vaihu, Tongariki and Rano Raraku
Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
B,L,D
Hotel Otai

Activity note: Walking up and down the quarry of the moai. Tracks and stairs while climbing. Climbing shoes, no flat soles, are recommended. Walking sticks in case you need extra support

Breakfast: Buffet- Hotel Otai

Morning: Choose to explore Hanga Roa village either on a guided visit or independently. Then set off to the archaeological site of Ahu Vaihu. Constructed of finely crafted stones, Ahu Vaihu is located at the small bay of Hanga Te`e. The ahu has 11 toppled moai whose pukao (top knots) are lying where they fell, and a circle of rocks on the ground, used for paina ceremonies to honor the dead. Continue down the South Coast along the wind- and wave-carved shoreline, past many collapsed ahu, toppled moai and fallen stone fences to Rano Raraku.

Lunch: Picnic lunch in the National Park Picnic Area.

Afternoon: Climb the mountainside path to view the quarry from where the massive moai were carved out of the hard basalt. Moai, in all stages of production, cover its southern flank. Continue to Tongariki, the largest ahu (temple platform) on the island. Demolished in 1960 by the tremendous force of a tsunami, Tongariki has recently been restored by Chilean archaeologist Claudio Cristino and Sergio Rapu with the help of Japanese archaeologists and the Rapa Nui people, so it once again supports its 15 moai.

Dinner: A plated meal at Hotel Otai.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Class, Ahu Vinapu, Anakena, Ahu Nau Nau, Cultural Event
Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
B,L,D
Hotel Otai

Activity note: Optional swimming at Anakena beach during lunch break. Study field trip demands some walking and standing to appreciate stone structures. hat, sun screen and/or umbrella suggested.

Breakfast: Buffet- Hotel Otai

Morning: Class: The People of Old - Rapa Nui Ancient Culture. Later in the morning, set off for an exploration of archaeological sites, beginning at Ahu Vinapu, whose construction has raised many questions due to its similarity to the pre-Columbian structures found in Cuzco, Peru.

Lunch: Tunu Ahi Barbeque Lunch at Anakena Beach.

Afternoon: Discover Anakena, a beautiful, sheltered, white sand beach surrounded by swaying palm trees. This beach, the largest in Rapa Nui, is where Hotu Matu`a is said to have beached his canoe and lived in one of several caves while waiting for his boat-shaped house to be completed. Take a swim or stroll the beach before going up the hill to Ahu Nau Nau, a complex archaeological site where, in 1978, Study Leader Sergio Rapu, in reconstructing the ahu, first recognized that the coral fragments unearthed in the sand were the inlaid coral eyes of the moai. With this discovery and the subsequent investigation of other moai came the realization that all Rapa Nui's moai, once they were placed on the ahu, were given eyes. Barbecue lunch at Anakena then depart for Poike Ditch where according to legend the Long Ears and Short Ears had their famed battle.

Dinner: At a local Rapa Nui restaurant. Meal includes a choice of meat or fish. A selection of non-alcoholic beverages are included.

Evening: Cultural Event: Rapa Nui folkloric traditional dance, featuring island dancers accompanied by musicians playing traditional instruments.

DAY
7
Parque Nacional Rapa Nui, Rano Kao Crater, Orongo Village
Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
B,L,D
Hotel Otai

Activity note: Field trip to Orongo demands some walking on even and uneven terrain, also climbing few steps and standing during explanations. Light wind breaker recommended.

Breakfast: Buffet- Hotel Otai

Morning: Morning at Leisure. Choose to relax or attend Sunday mass at the historic Rapa Nui Roman Catholic church, where the choral hymns are sung in the Rapa Nui language. The hand-carved wooden statues and designs used on the vestments are wonderful examples of the use of culturally related symbolism in liturgical art.

Lunch: Plated meal at hotel.

Afternoon: Drive to Parque Nacional Rapa Nui, where you visit two of the truly great sights of Rapa Nui -- Rano Kao crater, a fresh-water lake, and Orongo Ceremonial Village where, until 1853, the infamous Birdman Festival was held in the spring of each year. Located on the southwestern point of the triangle, the park provides spectacular views of the whole island. Then, head to Ana Kai Tangata, which can be translated as place-men-eat, which could mean a place where men took shelter for meals. The cave is known for its ancient paintings of sooty terns flying across the roof.

Dinner: Home-Hosted Dinner at a local Rapa Nui families home. Enjoy a delicious selection of classic local dishes while dining as the locals do. Wine and water included with dinner.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Top Knot Quarry, Class, Afternoon at Leisure, Umikai Dinner
Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
B,D
Hotel Otai

Activity note: Walking and standing during trip to top knot quarry, uneven terrain. Hat, sun screen and/or umbrella suggested

Breakfast: Buffet- Hotel Otai

Morning: Field Trip: Depart on bus for Ahu Huri a Urenga, Ahu Akivi and Puna Pau, the top knot quarry, to take one last look at moai before your departure tomorrow. Return to hotel and gather in the hotel's meeting space for a Wrap Up Session Class.

Lunch: On your own to explore local eateries for the last time before your departure.

Afternoon: The afternoon is at leisure to explore independently.

Dinner: Cultural Event: Rapa Nui Umikai (Farewell Dinner) at Hotel Otai

DAY
9
Program Concludes, Flight to Santiago, Connections to US
In Flight
B

Activity note: The flight to Santiago is about 5 hours and you will regain two hours.

Breakfast: Buffet- Hotel Otai

Morning: At leisure- Prepare for Departure Transfer to airport – Check in for flight to Santiago, Chile. Program Concludes.

Afternoon: Fly to Santiago, Chile- Meal served on board.

Evening: Arrive Santiago, Chile airport. Independent connections to final destinations. Overnight flight to US.

DAY
10
Arrive US
In Flight

Morning: Early morning arrival in US (location depends on individual's gateway airport). If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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