EXPLORA POSADA DE MIKE RAPU HOTEL - EASTER ISLAND
Easter island is located
in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and home to a culture whose origins
are still unknown, Easter Island is a place of magnetism and mystery.
An agreeable climate year-round allows travelers to walk along its
coastline and visit the numerous “ahus” that contain the
Who made these sculptures, and when and why were they made? It is
an unsolved mystery, yet it is presumed that the island was inhabited
from the beginning of the first centuries of our time, and that the
moais are hundreds of years old. It is also know that numerous tribes
lived on the island during a time when they fought amongst themselves,
destroying the territory, though it is not known why they destroyed
the majority of the moai.
The island is very luminous even on cloudy days. May is the wettest
month, although rainfall can occur any time of the year.
Today visitors can share with the descendents of this
ancient culture and who preserve their ancestral customs in the face
of the advancement of civilization.
Volcanic rock, native to the island and always used by the island’s
inhabitants in construction, and wood from the mainland are the principal
materials. The hotel has 30 guestrooms that spread out from central
areas that house reception, living areas, a bar, kitchen and services.
Next to the common areas is the Casa de Baños Hare Vai, with
a pool, massage salon and open-air Jacuzzis. How to get there:
Fly to Santiago via an international flight. From Santiago, travelers
must take a 5-hour flight to Easter Island. explora staff will greet
and transfer guests to the Explora Easter Island.
Programs: Easy to difficult walks that slowly reveal
the secrets and beauty of the island. The walks are combined with
picnics and explora-style meals on the rocks or the shore of the
sea, or in sites with a great deal of magnetism. Guests may dine
in town or in Posada de Mike Rapu Explora Hotel Programs include:
between Easter Island airport and Posada de Mike Rapu.
Full board. Bar.
in groups of 8 people maximum, with bilingual guides and equipment.
Rates are per person,
expressed in US dollars.
EXPLORA POSADA DE MIKE RAPU Valid
from January 1st, 2012 until March, 31st 2013
1. Walk to Hanga Oteo
Duration: 4.5 to 5.5 hours (half-day). Walking 4 to 5 hours.
Length: 13.5 km. Itinerary:
Travel from the Hotel i to Te Peu by van (15 min).
Walk along a trail that borders steep cliffs and offers spectacular
views. Visit natural bathing pools, cross locally owned fields and
view numerous archeological sites. Arrival at Anakena Beach. Picnic
on the beach. Return by van to Casas Rapa Nui (20 min).
2. From the Te Peu ahu to Hanga Roa
Duration: 2 to 3 hours (half-day). Walking 1.5 to 2.5 hours.
Length: 6.5 km. Itinerary: Travel from Casas Rapa Nui to Te Peu by
van (15 min). Walk along a trail that borders steep cliffs and offers
spectacular views. View Motu Tautara and the astonishing Las Dos Ventanas
cave. Arrive at Hanga Roa, first passing Tahai and ending at Pea.
Numerous archeological sites along the way. Return by van to Casas
Rapa Nui (5 min).
3. Ara O Te Moai, the moai route
Duration: 3 to 3.5 hours (half-day).
Walking 2.5 to 3.5 hours.
Length: 7 km.
Itinerary: Travel from Casas
Rapa Nui to Hanga Tetenga by van (15 min). Walk along Ara O Te Moai,
the trail once used to transport the moai sculptures; view numerous
overturned moai along the way. Climb to Rano Raraku, the moai stone
quarry, with views of the interior of the crater. Walk along the volcano’s
edge and arrive at the natural rock pools at One Makihi. Picnic lunch.
Return by van to Casas Rapa Nui (20 min).
4. Alturas del Poike
Duration: 4 to 4.5 hours (half-day). Walking 3 to 4 hours.
Length: 8.5 km.
Itinerary: Travel from Casas Rapa Nui to Piko Mahore by van (30 min).
Walk along an upward sloping trail (300 meters) that borders a steep
cliff, and pass through Maunga Parehe and the Maunga Tea-Tea. View
the Vai Aheva fountain. Climb to Puka Katike and then walk down to
Tongariki to view 15 moais. Return by van to Casas Rapa Nui (25 min).
5. Climb to Tereveka
Duration: 3 to 4 hours (half-day). Walking 2 to 2.5
hours. Length: 6 km.
Itinerary: Travel from Casas Rapa Nui to Rano Aroi by van (20 min).
The walk begins at Rano Aroi, then climbs from Maunga Kuma to Maunga
Terevaka to appreciate spectacular views of the island from its highest
point. The trail continues northeast toward Anakena along high coastal
ridges that gradually descend to the beach, where guests may swim.
Return to Casas Rapa Nui by van (25 min).
6. The Tangata Manu Route
Duration: 2 to 3 hours (half-day). Walking 2 to 3
hours. Length: 7 km.
Itinerary: Travel from Casas Rapa Nui to Vinapu by van (5 min). View
Ahu Tahira. Walk along a trail that borders ascending steep cliffs
(250 meters), arriving at the edge of the Rano Kau crater. Spectacular
views of the ocean and the interior of the volcano. Walk along the
crater to Orongo. Visit the significant ceremonial site of Tangata
Manu (Bird Man) worship. Return by van to Casas Rapa Nui (5 min).
7. Te Pito O Te Henua, the navel of the world
Duration: 3.5 to 4.5 hours (half-day). Walking 3 to 3.5 hours.
Length: 9.5 km.
Itinerary: Travel from Casas Rapa Nui to Ana Okeke by van (40 min).
Walk along a descending trail that borders the northern coast of the
island. View Ana Okeke, Maunga Parehe. Fishing cove “La Perousse,”
local villagers and archeological sites along the way. Arrive at the
Ovahe beach. Return by van to Casas Rapa Nui (25 min). Level: Easy.
8. Walk to Te Miro Oone
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours (half-day). Walking 2 to 2.5 hours.
Length: 6.5 km.
Itinerary: Travel from Casas Rapa Nui to Te Miro Oone by van (15 min).
Walk along a trail that offers panoramic views of the southeast side
of the island. Climb along Maunga Kahurea and continue along Ara o
te Moai. Numerous moai along the trail, arrive at Hanga Te Tenga ahu.
Return by van to Casas Rapa Nui (15 min).
9. To Te Miro Oone by bicycle
Duration: 2 to 3 hours by bicycle (half-day).
Length: 18 km.
Itinerary: Travel from Casas Rapa Nui to Te Miro Oone on bicycle,
along the principal route that crosses through pretty forested sections
of the island.
Descend toward the southern coast, with views of various motu and
archeological sites, following the coastal route until reaching Tahira.
Return to Casas Rapa Nui from Vinapu. Level: Easy.