- 3 hours (Approx.)
- Hotel pickup offered
- Mobile ticket
Explore Hanga Roa, the capital of Easter Island, on this 3-hour tour ideal for first-time visitors. Learn about the island’s history and its indigenous Rapa Nui culture at the Father Sebastian Englert Anthropological Museum, and see a rare female moai stone statue on display. Observe the curious melding of European and Rapa Nui influences at the local Catholic church, and browse through unique stone and wood carvings at the artisan market. Hotel transport is included.
- Family friendly
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- Fully narrated tour
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Professional guide
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Transport by air-conditioned van or bus
- Entrance fee to Father Sebastian Englert Anthropological Museum: approx. 1,000 Chilean pesos (USD 2)
- Entrance fee to Rapa Nui National Park (56,000 Chilean pesos or 80.00 usd)
- Pick up from the pier
Tour departs from Easter Island hotels
Returns to original departure point
Only Sunday mornings
Located on the southwestern coast of the Chilean province of Easter Island, Hanga Roa means ‘wide bay’ for the body of water on which the small city sits.
After hotel pickup, your guide takes you to the open-air artisan market, where 40-some grass-hut stalls offer for sale original driftwood and shell carvings, as well as the island's famous statues known as moai, wide-eyed human figures carved out of rock, a traditional form of art by the indigenous Rapa Nui.
Continue to the Father Sebastian Englert Anthropological Museum, founded in 1973 and named after the German missionary who had lived on the island for more than 30 years and documented the Rapa Nui language, customs and culture.
Look upon the museum’s top exhibit: a female moai with a white coral and red scoria eye, discovered at Anakena Beach and considered rare, as most moai statues found are male.
Most of the displays appear in Spanish but don't worry if you don’t speak the language — your knowledgeable guide explains the island’s history and the significance of the artifacts that you see along the way, including obsidian stone tools and fishhooks.
Your next stop, the Church of the Holy Cross, provides a great example of how Catholic and Rapa Nui cultures combined and share the same space. See the façade's classic Christian themes juxtaposed with birdmen motifs, along with Rongorongo inscriptions, a type of Rapa Nui glyphs.
Walk inside the church and observe how this fusion continues: Western figures in paintings wear Rapa Nui ornaments, and one altar rests on top of a block of native volcanic stone.
Having obtained a good base knowledge of the island’s history and culture, you’ll be taken back to your hotel.
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
- It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes
- Note: Port pickup is available for an additional fee payable on the day of the tour. Please contact the local tour operator if you'd like this service
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.