Anakena Beach & Easter Island Historical Adventure with lunch
Easter Island, Chile
- Ahu Vaihu: Witness the eight fallen moai statues on this southern coastal site, where rival tribes nearly destroyed them but later used them as burial grounds for their own people.
- Akahanga: Visit the haunting final resting place of Hotu Matu'a, the king who was considered the founding ancestor of the Rapa Nui people, and one of the smallest moai on the island.
- Rano Raraku quarry: Discover the source material location for the moai, the unfinished statues, and crater lake of this quarry, as well as the largest ahu restoration site.
- Ahu Te Pito Kura & Anakena Beach: See the curiously named "Navel of the World" near this ahu, then take a break with a box lunch and a swim in the turquoise waters of Anakena Beach. (Entrance fees not included in the price of this tour).
About This Easter Island Tour
These massive yet mysterious volcanic rock statues made Easter Island famous and draw thousands of visitors each year. Made mostly from tuff but also with basalt and scoria, the moai average 13 feet and weigh about as many tons. Located 2,300 miles west of the Chilean coast and more than 1,000 miles from the next neighboring island, this tiny island is packed with sites that will leave you questioning the various theories surrounding these remarkable statues.
Even today, the reasons why and how the native Rapa Nui people built these sculptures remain mostly a mystery. How did they move these elephantine blocks of stone, and why exactly did they? The general scholarly consensus points to ancestral and leader worship to ensure continuation of a good life with plentiful food, fishing, and an idyllic South Pacific setting.
But it didn't last. Probably because of deforestation and rats that devoured the seeds needed for trees to replenish, Easter Island's ecosystem deteriorated. The fertile volcanic soil that once supported farming eroded away and the natives engaged in warfare. When outside visitors arrived in the 1950s, they saw a devastated landscape and just a handful of inhabitants.
On this guided tour of Easter Island, get a sense of this sacred history when you visit the many ahu, or altars, that the Rapa Nui people built long ago. Observe these 397 awesome monuments and their moai that are either intact, nearly destroyed, or incomplete. Visit the rock quarry and lake where most of the statues came from. Then enjoy a picnic lunch and swim in the inviting tropical sea at Anakena Beach.
The Navel of the World
Normally an ordinary rock wouldn't be significant. But according to legend, King Hotu Matu'a brought a flawlessly round and massive stone to the island, located near the Ahu Te Pito Kura and largest moai on the island. Nicknamed the "Navel of the World," the rock is supposedly infused with spiritual powers. More likely these powers are of the magnetic variety, as the rock makes a compass lose direction. Four small stones around the rock represent north, south, east, and west.
Staying at a hotel? Be sure to advise the GoBe Crew so our GoBe Representative, with the displayed logo sign, can meet you in your hotel lobby.
Air-conditioned transportation cannot be guaranteed in this destination. Please bring some cash for any purchases you might like to make.
This tour requires a moderate amount of walking some of which is over sand at the beach. It is not wheelchair accessible.
Cultural, Family Friendly, Beach, Scenic, Food & Wine
Beverage - Water
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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