Surrounded by the clearest, deepest waters on the planet, this remote island was the cradle of a unique and enigmatic culture that continues to exist today. However, it is still surrounded with mystery and is difficult to grasp. It is one of those places where history meets legend in an almost surreal way: mysterious statues – widely known as moai – scattered all over the place. Today Rapa Nui (or ‘Easter Island’) is part of Chile, and the influences of the mainland are strong. Nonetheless, on our trip here, you will discover that its people constantly strive to remember their cultural heritage through practicing their culture in dances, art and music. What is beautiful, is how they are eager to share this to the world. We have traveled – or rather, isolated ourselves – there so we can tailor you unique tours to Easter Island.
Why don’t we start by asking, how to travel to Easter Island? At 3,700 km (2,300 miles) off the South American coast, it is one of the remotest places on earth. Fortunately for us, there are flights routinely schedule from Santiago, Chile. Let’s move on to the hotels in Rapa Nui. Despite the limitations for importing things, you will find the same comforts and amenities found in the hotels in the mainland. Although, seafood is a different story; they fish them locally. As a matter of fact, you can fish them yourself! Let’s sail and catch a mahi mahi – or a tuna if lucky. Why don’t we plunge and snorkle too? A little cold and even scary but the moais underwater gives an even more mysterious, almost “hazy” feeling to the experience. By the way, we can arrange diving programs – definitely a rare experience. Moreover, some sea urchins are true delicacies here. If you’re not into raw food, just bring them to your chef (we’ll arrange that for you) so he can prepare them for you. We will set a grill on the beach, with some nice music playing. Now this is what should include in any luxury tours to Easter Island. Excursions and activities also include biking and trekking. These can be combined with a cultural approach – which visits local farms and meets native Rapa Nuis – or an adventurous one. Depending on the season you’re visiting, there are many cultural events you can participate, such as the Tangata Manu; although it is rather a ritualistic competition. Who knows? You may become the next Bird-man. This reminds us when an elderly sat with us under a starry night and told us the Myth of the Bird-man. These events and experiences involving the natives are Surtrek’s favorites. As you gradually explore every corner, you will start to connect the dots; you will see how one statue relates to another. You will even start to picture how they have literally engraved the statues from the quarry.
We thus bring you the best tours to Easter Island – authentic, enriching and thrilling. You will witness the “Latin American Polynesia” (yes, it is considered part of the Polynesian Triangle) in its magnificent form.
“Everything went off without a hitch. Accomodation was just what we wanted. Clean, great location and within our budget. The dive master was great. ”