Deep into Easter Island's Culture

  • Port

    Easter Island, Chile

  • Activity Level

    Moderate

  • Excursion Type

    Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible

    NO

  • Cost

    USD USD USD USD

    Price over $151
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 3 Hours

  • Meals Included

    Yes

Easter Island is best known for its mysterious statues that have puzzled archaeologists and historians from all over the world. The "other half" of Easter Island’s fascination is its friendly inhabitants, of Polynesian origin, who are eager to show visitors some of their culture. The Rapa Nui people are most willing to tell you about their ancient traditions and, at the same time, allow you to participate in their ceremony of body painting.

From the port of Hanga Piko, you’ll head to the Tahai area, located on the west coast of the island. The altars and monolithic Moai statues found here are the embodiment of Rapa Nui culture. Your guide will explain the site and allow time for photos.

Afterwards, take a short walk to a nearby cave and meet your Rapa Nui hosts. During your time with these gentle people, they will teach you about their tribal dances. You’ll also learn about kaikai—the traditional game that expounds Rapa Nui history with the help of a piece of thread that is used to form different shapes in the hands—and the use of kie’a. The latter is a form of natural paint that was used in ancient times for body painting (takona). You're invited to participate and have your body painted, if you wish, or you can simply observe how it is done.

Please note: Minimum age is 12 years.