Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.
Discover Charlie Love’s lifelong passion and immerse yourself in the Rapa Nui culture and its amazing Archaeology. Ancient Moai dominate the landscape of this unusual tropical island. Walk the island along the Moai Road and stand in the same spot as Captain Cook in 1774. Discover the odd Bird Man cult that followed the toppling of the statues and journey by boat around the island to experience some of the clearest waters in the world. Easter Island is the most remote inhabited place on the planet and scientists from all over the globe have journeyed to the island to unravel its past and ponder its implications for our species future. Price includes all flights from departure city, island transportation, accommodations at the Hotel Otai, park fees and Archaeologist Charlie Love as your expert guide. Limited to 16 guests. Passport Required.
Our TBA PST flight departs from Los Angeles to Santiago, Chile where we catch the next flight to Easter Island.
First we drop off our bags at the Hotel Otai, break for lunch, take an optional short walk to visit the Tahai complex of Moai and then venture out to get the general layout of the town of Hango Roa. We recover from the long flight by relaxing by the pool or having dinner at one of many restaurants near to the hotel.
A continental breakfast starts our day followed by boarding our bus and beginning a systematic discovery of Ahu located on the islands southeast coast. Charlie will explain the history of each ceramonial platform and its significance in the overall picture of the Rapa Nui culture. A picnic lunch on the coast is a spectacular treat as we continue our day’s exploration. We end our day at Ahu Tongariki and its amazing collection of 16 Moai including one weighing 96 tons. This is a day you will remember as you really get a sense of the enormity of the native’s endeavors.
Our days trip takes us to Rano Raraku and the Rapa Nui quarry where the Moai statues were carved from. The quarry is an ancient volcanic ash cone that is located on the southeast edge of the island. Approximately 400 unfinished Moai litter the landscape of this amazing site. A picnic lunch at the park along with its small market is a great way to finish up this part of the day. The evening is spent back in Hango Roa relaxing and eating dinner.
Orango is the next destination as we visit the odd Birdman Cult site and its mysterious village. Views from the top of this volcanic peak are spectacular and will be one of your trip highlights. We go back to Hango Roa for lunch and an early end to our day’s exploration. You will have your first chance to either relax in your room, by the pool or walk the streets of Hango Roa in search of food, drink and souvenirs. One of our evenings will include a visit to watch the dancers of Kari Kari. Prepare to be amazed.
The west coast tour today takes us to various Ahu and the many Hare Paenga scattered about the landscape. We visit several lava tube caves and venture inside for some great experiences. A quick trip to the quarry of the Top Knots hats at Pukao will finish our afternoon. We will stop off at Anakena beach and drop off anyone interested in spending the rest of their day in the water or we will take you back to town for some downtime.
After an optional church service today is a free day for to do as you please. The museum is an option as well as surfing and snorkeling. You may even rent a car and do some of your own exploration. Charlie will conduct an optional trip to the Moai road and take a long hike retracing the footsteps of Captain Cook and Katherine Routledge. We will picnic on an island cliff as the waves crash into the rocks below. Your evening is your own to experience some of the local life.
After sleeping in we will take an optional boat ride (weather permitting) to Motu Nui as you witness some of the clearest water in the world. The rest of the day is again for you to do as you please. The horrible dilemma of trying to figure out how to relax on a tropical island is yours to solve.
Another day on the island is yours to do as you wish. By now you have made some new friends and may want to explore some more or just pass the time reading a book. If you need to kill some time its a good time to schedule that tattoo you have always wanted.
Today we relax and enjoy a picnic at Anakana Beach. Swim or just lay on the beach our last full day on the island is time for you to get some extra rest before your long journey home.
We have the morning to finish up any last minute shopping. Our afternoon flight off of the island has us arriving in Los Angeles the morning.
The weather can be in a word, tricky. While most months are usually very comfortable, temperatures at the upper elevations can be cool in the mornings and evenings.
We may encounter some wet ground.
While optional it may come in handy. We do have long walks at several stops and a little head cover is nice.
Viewing is enhanced with a pair of small field glasses.
Its very handy to have a small pack for each day. Throw it in your overhead compartment and you are ready to go.
Whether you take stills or video we will have plenty of picture taking opportunities. Bring you chargers and extra batteries.
If you are easily burned don’t forget sunscreen.
We are also available if you have questions about what to bring, just pick up the phone or e-mail us and we will be happy to help.
A good rule of thumb is “be prepared for anything”.
More than anything else I want to teach you to be observant and to ask yourself questions about the landscape, rocks, and fossils you see every day. I want you to see the connections to geology with your everyday life, and I hope you would take with you the scientific logic learned through geology and apply it to what you see and do in the future.
You simply cannot live in or visit Wyoming or the Rocky Mountain West and expect to reach adulthood without having had a geology course. You can of course, but who would respect you?
During the 10 Days of your Easter Island Tour you will be examining some of the following subjects; some in detail and others in passing. This trip is about learning. It’s your chance to ride and walk along with an expert and ask questions to your hearts desire. This trip is about Archaeology, Anthropology, Geology and History but we will be covering many topics as we travel the islands.
Archaeology is the study of the human past through its material remains.
Volcanology is the study of Volcanos.
History Polynesian history is something Charlie loves to talk about. The history of the islands have numerous and interesting lessons and tales to learn.
Anthropology is the scientific study of humanity. Our guide has spent a lifetime working in these fields and loves to strike up tales of the ancient peoples of the west. Just ask, he’s probably done it.
Geology is the scientific study of the earth. Interestingly, it is a science that encompasses just about every other science it touches. While one can surely argue that Biology is its own discipline, it only takes a few steps backwards to get to the basic elements that make up a cell and then again to the star that formed the elements in the first place. Now place those elements here on the earth, add a few billion years and presto, what do you find? Geology. This Geologic umbrella will cover many of the subjects we will encounter during our trip.
Cultural Anthropology is the study of culture.
Physical Anthropology is the study of humans and non-human primates in their biological, evolutionary, and demographic dimensions.
Linguistics Anthropology seeks to understand the processes of human communications, verbal and non-verbal, variation in language across time and space, the social uses of language, and the relationship between language and culture.
Paleontology is the study of the forms of life existing in prehistoric or geologic times, as represented by the fossils of plants and animals.
Hydrology is the study of the movement, distribution, and quality of water on Earth and other planets, including the hydrologic cycle, water resources and environmental watershed sustainability. You may not realize this but this is an important subject. We will discover the hazards of dam building, as well as, what happens when you build levees on a river. This discussion will open your eyes.
Mineralogy is the scientific study of chemistry, crystal structure, and physical (including optical) properties of minerals. Specific studies within mineralogy include the processes of mineral origin and formation, classification of minerals, their geographical distribution, as well as their utilization.
Climatology is the study of climate, scientifically defined as weather conditions averaged over a period of time. More specifically Paleoclimatology, which seeks to reconstruct past climates by examining records such as ice cores and tree rings. Why do we care? Well the climate of the past may tell us more about the environment of deposition and this concept is key to understanding geology and its structures.
Airfare due at sign-up.
Balance due - Feb 1st - 2017.
Payment Plan is available. Call for details.
Price includes airfare from departure city and all connecting flights.
Departs LAX - TBA
Arrives Easter Island - TBA
Departs Easter Island - TBA
Arrives LAX - TBA
Price is per person, double occupancy.
Additional fee of $650 applies for a single room, call 1-307-871-8583 for details.. Airfare to/from your home city are not included. See trip itinerary for included meals.
Price subject to change due to increased airfare.
Accommodations as noted in the "Trip Details" are included in the price of your trip.
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Most trips are limited to Mild short walks & hikes.
Charlie Love is a member of the Easter Island Foundation Board of Directors. However, The Easter Island Foundation is in no way affiliated with The Wild Calls and provides no support with regards to our travel line-up.
For more Information about The Easter Island Foundation and its charter please visit them at www.islandheritage.org
Travel insurance is available for all of our tours and is recommended.
Travel Insurance does not cover flights. Flight insurance can be purchased through your airline.
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