Easter Island and the Tapati Festival

Easter Island, Valparaíso, Chile

Jan 29 - Feb 9, 2023
Group size: 4 - 14
Easter Island and the Tapati Festival
Easter Island, Valparaíso, Chile

Jan 29 - Feb 9, 2023
Group size: 4 - 14

About this trip

At the southeastern tip of the Polynesian triangle lies windswept Easter Island, one of the most remote spots on the planet. Surrounded by an endless ocean as blue as the sky and located 2,300 miles west of Santiago, Chile, this tiny dot of land is sixty square miles of rocky grasslands, extinct volcanic cones, and steep ocean cliffs. Called Rapa Nui by the Polynesian people who live here, this island is a unique open-air archaeological museum. Nearly a thousand immense stone statues, called moai, gaze with brooding eyes over the gently rolling hills, hundreds of perplexing petroglyphs stand out from rock surfaces, and colorful cave paintings depict brightly painted birds in flight.

We have timed this tour to include the wonderful Tapati Festival, a celebration of the Rapa Nui culture. Each day will dawn with new and exciting contests of strength and skill, while evenings will bring the mesmerizing melodies of Polynesian music as grass skirted dancers perform beneath the stars. It is a time of revelry and feasts, and of honoring the past with performances of cat’s cradle, the hypnotic chant used to hand down the island’s history from generation to generation.

Join Far Horizons and just 13 others on this 12-day Easter Island tour, that includes three days in Chile’s capital, Santiago, where we will visit the Natural History Museum and Pre-Columbian Art Museum as well as the stunning coastal city of Viña del Mar.

What’s included

  • Scholar led content
  • All Hotels
  • Meals as outlined
    Most meals are included; see full itinerary
  • Ground Transportation
  • Entry Fees
    All tickets for sites & museums
  • Gratuities
    Gratuities to Guides and Drivers included
  • $150 Project Donation
    Cost does not include the separate donation check for $150.00 (per person) to the Easter Island Foundation.
  • Airport Transfer
  • Passport or Visa Fees
  • Airport or Departure Tax
  • Excess Baggage Charges
  • Vaccines or Tests
    Guests may need specific vaccines or tests to enter certain countries
  • Additional Food or drink
    Beverages or Food not included in regular menus
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Laundry
  • Personal Tips
  • Phone Charges
  • Airfare
    Cost does not include International round trip airfare to Santiago, Chile; round trip airfare from Santiago to Easter Island

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Far Horizons Archaeological and Cultural Trips, Inc.
Far Horizons specializes in upscale, educational tours throughout the world, each led by a renowned scholar who reveals the secrets and solves the mysteries of the sites we explore. Our small groups experience a wide range of journeys to countries where the boundaries of archaeological, cultural and historical knowledge are being ever expanding!