Shrouded in mystery, guarded by the famous moai statues
Follow your expedition with a visit to one of the most mysterious places on earth—Easter Island. Home to silent sentinels of a long lost culture, this tiny island is located 2,300 miles west of Chile in the Pacific Ocean and almost 1,200 miles from its nearest island neighbor. Learn about the ancient Rapa Nui culture that grew up in isolation. Where did these people come from and why did they carve more than 600 giant moai or stone statues? Learn from key archaeologists.
NOTE: Due to airline schedules, on select departures, the extension spends an extra night in Buenos Aires, an additional cost will apply. Please call for full details on pricing and departure dates.
The length of our Easter Island extension may vary between 4 and 5 days due to airline schedules that service Santiago to Easter Island flights.
The prices listed on the website are for the 4-day Easter Island extension. Departures with the 5-day extension will include an extra night in Buenos Aires (Explorer), or Santiago (Orion) and will cost an additional $530 (Explorer) or $830 (Orion).
Important Note: Flights to Easter Island are extremely limited. We recommend you purchase your tickets as soon as you book this extension.
Today we disembark National Geographic Explorer in Ushuaia and fly to Santiago (via Buenos Aires), where we check into our fine hotel. (B,L).
This morning we fly to Easter Island and check in to the fine Explora Hotel, or similar, our base for the next three nights. (B,L,D)
Visit the Tahai Ceremonial Complex, an archaeological site and museum to learn about the prehistory of the island, and the Rano Kau ceremonial site of Orongo, situated magnificently at the very edge of a volcanic crater. Explore Ahu Te Pito Kura, Puna Pau red stone quarry, and Ahu Akivi, one of the latest constructions on the island with seven moai 14 feet tall. See Rano Raraku, where most of the stone statues were carved. Visit Ahu Tongariki, the largest ceremonial altar in Polynesia. (B,L,D)
We have the morning to continue our explorations of Easter Island before our flight to Santiago, connecting to homebound flights. (B,L)
Extension Cost Per Person
Accommodations, meals as indicated, transfers, sightseeing tours. Transfers in conjunction with group recommended flights.
Not included: Personal Items. Chilean immigration fee for Australian and Canadian citizens only. International flights (Home/Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires/Santiago/Easter Island/Santiago/Home), Charter flight (Buenos Aires/Ushuaia/Buenos Aires).
NOTE: Due to airline schedules, on select departures, the extension spends an extra night in Buenos Aires, (Explorer) or Santiago (Orion), making this a 5-day extension and incurring an additional cost of $530 (Explorer) or $830 (Orion).
NOTE: Since National Geographic Orion is routed via Santiago on our private charter after the voyage, Easter Island extension guests will not have to arrange the Buenos Aires/Santiago internal commercial flight.
Five Night Program on select dates. Please call for details.