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Explora Rapa Nui

The lodge opened in December 2007 and was built on 9.6 hectares of land situated on a hill in the Te Miro Oone area, overlooking the ocean. This is in south-eastern Rapa Nui, 8 kilometres (4.9 miles) from Hanga Roa, the most populated part of the island. All of the 30 rooms, which extend to the north and south from a central building, have excellent ocean views. The lodge has welcoming indoor spaces which integrate aspects of the local culture. The design is intended to have minimal impact on its surroundings. The lodge is built on a site which is inappropriate for agricultural use and has no archaeological remains. The flora surrounding the lodge has been maintained intact.

In their own words:
"explora was founded to encourage a new attitude towards travel. We love nature and enjoy liberty; we suggest a philosophy of travel born out of the desire to explore the natural and cultural environment of the remote, for ourselves and our guests. We look for unforgettable experiences achieved to the best possibilities of every person, respecting each others limits and preserving the environment."

The hotel operates all inclusive packages on 3- 8 night basis; Transfers between local airport and your explora destination/Full board. 3 Meals per day/Daily explorations with bilingual guides and equipment; boats, horses and vehicles (max group size: 8 explorers per guide)/ All explora’s rates include entrance fee to Nature Reserves/Rapa Nui entrance fee.

Explorations in Easter Island are done on foot or bicycle, varying in length and also difficulty. Each evening the guides meet with you in the bar or living room to discuss available activities for the following day. Explora Rapa Nui offer more than 15 different explorations.

Sample 5 Day / 4 night Itinerary

Day 1 | Arrive at explora Rapa Nui
Reception at the Easter Island airport and transfer to explora Rapa Nui.

Day 2 | explora Rapa Nui
You can participate voluntarily in a variety of organized day trips. You will find a few of these suggestions below, but there are many more. Select your preferred tour based on the climate, your interests and level of fitness. These excursions are done by van, horseback, bicycle or on foot. You are always accompanied by an expert guide.

EXAMPLE EXCURSIONS:
WALK TO HANGA OTEO
Duration: 4.5-5.5 hours (half day) Walking 4 to 5 hours. Length: 13.5 km Itinerary: Travel from explora to Te Peu by van (15 min). Walk along a trail that borders steep cliffs and offers spectacular views. Visit natural bathing pools, cross locally owned fields and view numerous archaeological sites. Arrival at Anakena Beach. Picnic on the beach. Return by van to explora (20 min). Level: Medium
TO TE MIRO OONE BY BICYCLE
Duration: 2-3 hours by bicycle (half day). Length: 18 km. Itinerary: Travel from explora to Te Miro Oone on bicycle, along the principal route that crosses through pretty forested sections of the island. Descend toward the southern coast, with views of various motu and archaeological sites, following the coastal route until reaching Tahira. Return to explora from Vinapu. Level: Easy.

Day 3 | explora Rapa Nui
EXAMPLE EXCURSION:
THE TANGATA MANU ROUTE
Duration: 2-3 hours (half day). Walking 2-3 hours. Length: 7 km Itinerary: Travel from explora to Vinapu by van (5 min). View Ahu Tahira. Walk along a trail that borders ascending steep cliffs (250 meters), arriving at the edge of the Rano Kau crater. Spectacular views of the ocean and the interior of the volcano. Walk along the crater to Orongo. Visit the significant ceremonial site of Tangata Manu (Bird Man) worship. Return by van to explora (5 min). Level: Easy

Remainder of the day at leisure or join on of the afternoon excursions.

Day 4 | explora Rapa Nui
EXAMPLE EXCURSIONS:
TE PITO O TE HENUA, THE NAVEL OF THE WORLD
Duration: 3.5-4.5 hours (half day). Walking 3-3 ½ hours. Length: 9.5 km. Itinerary: Travel from explora to Ana Okeke by van (40 min). Walk along a descending trail that borders the northern coast of the island. View Ana Okeke, Maunga Parehe, fishing cove " La Perousse," local villagers and archaeological sites along the way. Arrive the Ovahe beach. Return by van to explora (25 min). Level: Easy
Afternoon at leisure or join one of the afternoon excursions.

Day 5 | Depart explora Rapa Nui
Morning transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your departure flight.

Explora Rapa Nui also offers more special interest expeditions. Contact us for more details.


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2013-14 Rates

rate in Canadian Dollars rate in Canadian Dollars rate in US Dollars rate in US Dollars
Category Single Double Single Double
Varua ( 4 Nights ) 4,749 3,413 4,480 3,220
Raa ( 4 Nights ) 6,784 4,600 6,400 4,340
Club Exploradores (past Explora clients) Save 10% Save 10% Save 10% Save 10%
Explora Passport (combine Explora packages) Save 10% Save 10% Save 10% Save 10%


Rates are valid from April 1, 2013 - March 31, 2014

2014-15 Rates

rate in Canadian Dollars rate in Canadian Dollars rate in US Dollars rate in US Dollars
Category Single Double Single Double
Varua ( 3 Nights ) 3,752 2,703 3,540 2,550
Raa ( 3 Nights ) 5,342 3,625 5,040 3,420
Club Exploradores (past Explora clients) Save 10% Save 10% Save 10% Save 10%
Explora Passport (combine Explora packages) Save 10% Save 10% Save 10% Save 10%


Rates are valid from April 1, 2014 - March 31, 2015

* Prices are subject to change until time of booking. Please inquire about 3, 5, 6, 7 or 8 night stays.

Accommodations

The lodge has 30 rooms, each with a small living area and hydromassage bath.

(26) Varua - measuring approx. 345 sq. ft. (32 sq. m.), all with views to the sea.

(4) Raa Suites - measuring approx. 474 sq. ft. (44 sq. m.), all with views to the sea.

What’s Included At Explora Rapa Nui:

Transfers Easter Island Airport - Explora - Easter Island Airport. • Accommodations • Full board. 3 Meals per day and open bar • Daily explorations with bilingual guides and equipment; boats, horses and vehicles (max group size: 8 travelers per guide) • Entrance fee to Rapa Nui National Park

What’s Not Included At Explora Rapa Nui:

Gratuities • Airfare to/from Easter Island • International Airfare

* Rates are per person, in US$ and CA$ * The Canadian dollar rates shown above have been calculated at an exchange rate of 1.06 and are subject to change until time of payment.


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