Breathe the Easter Island atmosphere by hiking! The trails are all completed in 1 day, but are of varying difficulty.
Walk up the volcano of Rano Kau, at the top of which Orongo is located. The trail starts in the area called Mataveri. Having the entrance to Conaf to your right the road will continue to the left. Go straight ahead instead, into the forest. The trail will be on your left side. There is only 1 trail and it is clearly visible.
You will walk through forests and meadows, constantly uphills, with panoramic views of the island. The trail ends at the top of the volcano Rano Kau.
You might arrange for someone to pick up, or you will simply have to walk down again, which is considerably faster and easier.
This trail leads to the top of the 500 m high Maunga Terevaka ("Terevaka hill") which is the highest point of Easter Island.
Get a ride along the road that leads to Anakena, until you reach the area of Vaitea. The dirt road that leads inland into the forest is where the hiking trail starts. The trail will lead you a few km towards the top and then vanish. Simply walk towards the highest spot to reach your destination.
When at the top, you will have a few different options:
|Length uphill:||4.5 km|
|Length downhill (to Ahu Akivi):||3.5 km|
|Length downhill (to town center):||10 km|
Explore the untouched north coast. There are no roads here and you couldn't even cross it with a bike for all the stones at some areas. Archaeology has been left here since the ancient Rapa Nui people moved out.
Walk or get a ride to Ahu Tepeu from the town (5 km). This is where the road continues inland towards Ahu Akivi and you will have to continue by foot.
Simply follow the coast. There is no way of getting lost, since you'll always have the sea to your left.
Eventually you will reach Anakena. Bring your beachwear for a rewarding bath in the ocean! Here are usually many cars, so if you haven't arranged for someone to pick up you up, finding a ride shouldn't be a problem.