Summary of the posts:
1 – Arriving on Easter Island
Sites visited: Hanga Roa
2 – Exploring the South West
Sites visited: Ana Kai Tangata, Rano Kao, Orongo, Vai Atare, Vinapu
3 – A Tour of the North and East
Sites visited: Anakena, Papa Vaka, Tongariki, Rano Raraku, Huri A Urenga
4 – The West Coast and Interior
Sites visited: Tahai, Hanga Kio’e, Ana Te Pora, Ana Kakenga, Puna Pau, Akivi, Ana Te Pahu
5 – A Delightful Stroll in the Countryside
Sites visited: Hanga Roa Museum, Poike, Vai A Heva
Having detailed my activities for each day on this marvellous island, I feel that it’d be appropriate to summarise the more tedious side of things (like logistics), in case anyone reading this fancies planning a holiday there (which you definitely definitely need to do)! (In case you were wondering why there’s no post for Day 6, it’s because it consisted of me waking up, packing, and going to the airport, which isn’t really that exciting)!
First of all, flights. These are available from Lan Chile from Santiago Airport “Aeropuerto Internacional Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez” (SCL) to Easter Island Airport “Aeropuerto Internacional Mataveri” (IPC). Price is about £500-£600 ish (and you get loads of air miles from BA too).
Accommodation is pretty handy. I stayed at Residencial Vaianny, and got a private double room with private bathroom for about £20/night.
The hostel put me in touch with Christophe the excellent tour guide. I’ve already linked to his website, but for the sake of completeness, the link is here. A private tour will cost between around £30 and £45, (half day and full day respectively per person). However, when a car costs about £30 to hire for the whole day (excluding petrol), a tour guide is infinitely more economical (as not only is all the transport included, but the knowledge of the sites is too). If you do book a tour with Christophe and have places that you’d especially like to see, then that’s no problem (it’s a private tour, you can see what you like)!
The guide book I got while I was there, but books in Chile are expensive. Buy it from Amazon before you go, it’s cheaper. If you aren’t doing a tour, then it’s well worth getting, as personally I found it more informative than the official leaflets. Also, it tells you about various places before, so you can decide which ones you’d like to visit (handy for when organising tours).
There is a lot of choice of places to eat, but food is expensive when compared to the mainland (or much more similar to London prices). A main course will probably set you back about £10 (so buying cheap food from the supermarket helps save money – I lived off a 500g bag of crisps for two days, not healthy, but very good value!).
Finally, you have to pay for an entry ticket to the Easter Island National Park to visit Orongo or Rano Raraku. This can be done upon arrival at the airport. A ticket (for non-Chilean nationals) costs about £40.
Anyway, sadly this posts concludes my series about my holiday to Easter Island, but if you have any further questions, feel free to ask me through the Suggestions Box page.