Nov 18-21, 2022   AFS Chile Trip Extension to Easter Island


Easter Island

What’s the most remote inhabited island on the planet? Windswept Easter Island discovered on Easter Sunday in 1722. So isolated, this volcanic island in the South Pacific is called “the navel of the world”. Few places on earth evoke such a sense of mystery as this place.  This World Heritage Site is like a living museum with is Moi statues that define hyperbole.

Easter Island is for the curious traveler seeking unique destinations for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It’s filled with natural wonders, archaeological treasures and a Polynesian culture that survives all odds today. Our past groups loved it. “Thank you, Suzy. I love this trip. We felt we landed on another planet, and it should be on everyone’s bucket list!” Deborah P. Most trips here are only a few days as it’s a small area but packed with fun. Enjoy three glorious nights at the fabulous Altiplanico Resort – 16 elegant villas with private terraces, pool, free Wi-Fi, gourmet meals and great activities. We spent two full days touring all the iconic sites. Then a free day to play! There are gorgeous beaches to snorkel or dive, hike and bike options, horse riding, caves to explore, even a swim with turtles. At night you can see a cultural dance show, photograph amazing sunsets here along with incredible stargazing.

  • This small group trip is offered as an extension first to those booked on our AFS Argentina/Chile trip. If you’re not on this, it’s easy to arrange your own South America trip. Just meet the group in Santiago Nov 18 to fly to Easter Island.
  • Flights aren’t ready yet but we will advise you when they open. It’s about 5 to 6 hours to fly there. Prices at present hour around $800.

From Lonely Planet




Our Glorious AFS Itinerary


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NOV. 18, 2022              SANTIAGO – EASTER ISLAND                                                       

Flight from Santiago to Rapa Nui is approx. 6 hours (Flight NOT included. Please note our land dates totally depend on flights. LATAM flights come out this summer.)

Upon arrival in Rapa Nui at Mata Veri Airport, Easter Island group will be greeted and transferred to your selected hotel. Then check in for the next three nights. Reception with flower necklace. No meals included today

Easter Island Entrance Fee Included

Rapa Nui may be a tiny island stranded in the infinite Pacific Ocean, yet it’s safe to say that never has a single place puzzled the world as much as this one. A miniscule triangle born from the eruption of three volcanoes, the outmost border of the Polynesian triangle sits 2,180 miles off the South American continent and is surrounded by the clearest waters on the planet – the very definition of ‘remote’. Rapa Nui was once the cradle of a unique and enigmatic culture that continues to endure today. The island’s language, music, and countless traditions are kept alive by its proud inhabitants, while the enormous carved stone Moai are tangible testimonies of its enigmatic past.

There is no inhabited place in the world as isolated as Chilean Polynesia. A mere point in the vast Pacific Ocean, Easter Island (known as Rapa Nui in the native language of the town) is a unique destination, whose remoteness gives it an unmistakable authenticity and an aura of mystery.  It is time for you to come and discover its secrets!

Explore the pink sand beaches of Rapa Nui, its volcanic cones and windswept meadows, and of course, the monumental Moai statues, more than 1,000 of them silently testify of a lost and complex society

This afternoon set out for a half-day excursion (3 hours)

During the afternoon Half Day Excursion Looking towards the stars. During the last period of the moai era (the most important of Rapa Nui´s culture) the descendants of the Polynesian navigators turned their eyes toward the sky.

We will take you to the archaeological sites that tell of the connection between the islanders and the universe. Ahu (=altars) and moai (=statues) prove the magnificent development of megalithic construction with astronomical orientation. This tour mainly focuses on the central part of the island and all of the great archaeological features that can be found within it. Moreover, all of the visited points represent ancient sites that were created and used during the end of the Ahu Moai Phase. These sites have new cultural developments especially shown in the Ahu.

This tour visits 3 restored sites: Ahu Huri a Urenga, Ahu a Kivi, Ahu Vai Teka and the in situ quarry Puna Pau, where we can find the Pukao, the red scoria topknot that crowned the heads of some Moai.

Ahu Huri a Urenga: It is located app 3km West from Hanga Roa in a depressed area named Manavai Tokerau. This was one of the last Ahu (altars) to be restored by Dr. William Mulloy, It is believed to be astronomically oriented such that the sun on the morning of both the winter and summer solstices should rise directly in the facade of the moai as it stands on its Ahu.(altars).

 Ahu Vai Teka:  It is 10 km north of Hangaroa and 800 m southwest of Ahu Akivi. This inland site dates back to 1470 AD and was apparently set up to be oriented towards the rising sun of  equinox (beginning  of  spring and  autumn).
In the vecinity of this ahu a large number of caves and waterholes -a very important source of freshwater for the ancient population-are found.

Puna Pau: One of the 70 secondary volcanic cones found on the island its mineral matrix is much different than other types found on the island. Because of the iron rich deposit, therefore the rich red color,  red scoria is another type of basalt only more porous and lighter. The Rapa Nui people used this easily carved material to made topknots, lining or lintel stones, and funeral cists amongst others features including statues.

Ahu a Kivi: This altar with its seven moai was completely restored in 1960 by Dr. William Mulloy who had the dated at 1460 AD.

Accommodation: Altiplanico Resort  (3 Nights)


NOV. 19, 2022              EXPLORING EASTER ISLAND    B, L                                             Breakfast at the hotel and then group will be taken on a Full Day Excursion – The arrival of Hotu Matu’a

Departure from your Hotel to Experience a day of legends following the past of Rapa Nui. We will introduce you to the time of the island´s colonisation and the life of the first Polynesian navigators once they had stepped ashore. Get to know the importance of the ariki (king) Hotu Matu´a – not only from the place of his disembarkation to his tomb, but also during the following 700 years after settlement with all the efforts that that went into the production of the moai (statues). We begin from Hanga Roa to Anakena Beach through the centre of the island, Vaitea, and back to Hanga Roa through the south coast. Highlights include:

Anakena Beach:  Once viewed it will be easy to understand why the first king of the island Hotu Matu’a landed at this beach and started one of the most amazing megalithic cultures this world has seen.

Anakena has 4 Ahu sites, 2 which have been reconstructed and two others which attest to the weathering of time. The first Ahu is called Ature Huki which was restored by Heyerdahl in 1955 and the other is called Ahu Nau Nau which was restored by the same archaeologist Sergio Rapu.

Anakena is located to 18 km from Hanga Roa in the North Coast. App. Duration: 1 hour.

Ahu Te Pito Kura: This site only has one Moai, however it measures 10 m/30fand weights up to 90 tons making it the largest Moai to be raised on a platform. The topknot alone is worthy of praise weighing up to 11.5 tons. Here we will also find a very sacred stone that the Ahu is named after. It has been said that this stone was brought from the home island of Hiva by the first Rapa Nui king Hotu Matu’a. Ahu Te Pito Kura is located to 2 km from Anakena Beach by the North Coast.App. Duration: 30 min.

Rano Raraku: Without a doubt one of the most interesting archaeological sites on not only Rapa Nui but in the entire world, here we can find 396 Moai (statues) in the quarry which is an extinct volcano that has an amazing fresh water crater. Some of the statues are still encrusted in the rock of the quarry never to be moved. Others are in a process of getting their backs finalized and highlighted; some are in the “staging area” waiting for the moving crew to bring the Moai to its destined Ahu. Here we will also see the largest Moai ever carved called Te Tokanga or El Gigante which measures a staggering 22 meters/66feet and with an estimated weight of 220 tons. The Rano Raraku Volcano is located in the South Coast, around 20 km from Hanga Roa. App. Duration: 1 hour 15 min.

*We will have 1 hour for light lunch or box lunch, in a special site to enjoy and relax, and then we will continue the excursion. According to the weather conditions

 Ahu Tongariki: One of the most visually stunning sites on the island which shows how the ancient people were part of a true megalithic culture. Not only is Tongariki the largest reconstructed site on the island but it is the largest reconstructed temple in all of Polynesia. This site has 15 Moai that were restored in the 80’s after a huge tsunami came ashore in 1960 and tossed 80 ton Moai as far as 500 m/1500 f inland. This site is located in front of the Rano Raraku Volcano, app. 2 km. App Duration: 30 min.

Ahu Akahanga: “The Platform of the King” It’s believed the grave of the first king of the island Hotu Matu’a can be found in a cave in Akahanga.   Here are four separate platforms with 12 Moai (statues), of various sizes, and 8 Pukao (topknots). One statue can be found behind the Ahu. Interesting lining stones made from red scoria, a type of iron rich volcanic stone used to make: topknots, funeral graves, boarding stones. Also, petroglyphs run along the front of the main Ahu. The back wall on the east end has a head of an older statue incorporated into the masonry which indicates that the ancient cultures were inveterate recyclers that reused older material to build and construct other features and works. This site, Akahanga is located in the South Coast, 15 km. app. from the Hanga Roa.  App. Duration: 45 min.

After the tour, return to the hotel for evening at leisure. Dinner on own tonight.

NOV. 20, 2022              EASTER ISLAND AT LEISURE   B                                                      

Breakfast at the hotel and then group will have the full day at their leisure. Guide will provide plenty of suggestions for activities.  Go to for many ideas. There’s a swim with turtles, horse rides on beach, hike and bike tours, sunset sails, snorkeling, Polynesian cultural show, stargazing tour and more.

NOV. 21-22, 2022              EASTER ISLAND – SANTIAGO       B                                                 

In time check out and transfer back to the airport for your flight back to Santiago. Return home depends on LATAM air schedule. Past flights from Easter Island to Santiago land at 9:40 PM. Then flights to USA depart from Santiago late at night after 11:30 PM and land the next day. If you cannot make your connection home, we need to add an overnight in Santiago for you to depart home on November 22 and arriving the next day.  More later.


Land price $1375pp twin share   (add $495 is single preferred).

Deposit $400

Includes 3 nights Hotel, daily buffet breakfast, resort activities, 1 lunch, transfers, guided daily tours, entrance to all national parks, nature reserves and archaeological sites.

Limited to 14 participants. You asked for it. Now is the time to grab your spot and book it!

      • Land prices per person twin share. Trip price based on a minimum number of participants.
      • Single rooms limited with $ supplement.  Cost varies.  Email us for availability.  AFS will find you a roommate.
      • The earliest we present group air is 10 months prior. We’ll send email to ask who wants it.  A minimum number of 12 is needed.
      • Please review AFS Terms and Conditions, Heading Abroad with AFS, Covid Policy.  Travel insurance is important nowadays.  It’s rare, but we reserve the right to modify schedules, tour and hotels.
      • Read Trip Tips on its own tab next itinerary for latest details. 

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At this time Easter Island remains closed. We cannot really present trip tips until they open. We expect that by summer. 

Covid travel rules seem to mutate faster than the virus itself.  To keep all groups up to date with the lasted information, we’ve created a page that’s updated as needed.  Set a reminder for yourself to check the Covid page 7 days before departure.  

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Easter Island