Few places on the planet possess more enigmatic attractions than this tiny isolated land.
A photo tour to Easter Island, the Land of the Giants, perfectly combines natural and man-made artifacts for making interesting, unique photos. You’ll be immersed in a place that focuses on the essence of human nature.
The island is one of the most isolated lands in the world, lying in the far eastern Pacific Ocean, 2,200 miles off the coast of Chile. This is a place with an extraordinary cultural heritage where everything remains historically constant and unique.
Polynesian voyagers populated Easter Island between AD 800 and AD 1200. The Rapa Nui, as the new arrivals are known today, would change its landscape forever and create the island’s unique features in less than one thousand years.
For unexplained reasons, during this time the Rapa Nui carved giant statues out of the volcanic rock and located them throughout the island. We can only see these megalithic statues called Moai on Easter Island, these are some of the most ancient artifacts ever found to date.
Easter Island is unique. Imagine going on a tour to photograph a vast wealth of natural riches, calderas, lava tubes and caves formed by volcanic eruptions, rugged coastline of cliffs, hidden bays, and the incredible Moai.
We designed this photo tour to take you on the most spectacular photography spots on Easter Island with enough time to capture outstanding images from this exotic paradise.
We will visit the various sites where the Moais are located, along with caves and ceremonial sites, photograph the locals, their traditions, and daily life. In addition, little to no light pollution exists because of the remoteness, creating the perfect conditions to photograph dark skies at night.
This photo tour to Easter Island offers impressive landscapes and cultural photographic opportunities while staying based in just one location.
Our Hotel in Hanga Roa is the ideal venue to relax and spend time between our photo expeditions.
When: May 3-10, 2021.
Who: Open to all skill levels, non-photographer spouses are welcome.
Group Size: Minimum 4 People, Maximum 10 People.
Where: This photo tour starts and ends in Hanga Roa (IPC)
Fitness Level: Relaxed. Access to most of the shooting locations in Easter Island is easy. The walks are relatively short, and there is no much hiking involved.
The tour is open to all levels of photographic skills, from beginner to experienced. However, there will be no formal workshops or critiques. We will share knowledge and skills along the way, in the spirit of real adventurers.
Since this photo tour is based only in Hanga Roa, the following itinerary covers a standard route. However, your photo tour leader and guides will re-asses daily the best option for that day, according to weather conditions, Milkyway position, and such. This means that the order of the following program’s days can be altered for a better experience.
Welcome to Easter Island, after arrival at the airport you will be met by one of our representatives and taken to the hotel. After settling in and relaxing, we will gather for a trip orientation and meet all the participants, followed by a group dinner.
We will leave after breakfast for an all-day trip to visit the sites along the south-east section of the island. Along the road, there will be many sites to visit, along with beautiful sea vistas. Some major sites visited will be: Vaihu / Hanga, Te’e, Akahange, Tongariki, and Anakena. In the evening, we will do a sunset shoot at Tongariki.
We will leave very early in the morning to Anakena for a sunrise shoot. After the sunrise, we will return for breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, we will travel along the western coast, visiting various Ahu along the way, including Ahu Tahai, Ahu Akapu, Ahu Tepeu, and Ahu Akivi. We will have some time to rest after lunch. This evening our sunset shoot will be at Ahu Akivi.
Today we head to Poike, in the extreme north-east area of the island, to visit some unique archeological sites not frequently visited. From the parking area, we will hike up the Volcano Poike, which will offer beautiful panoramic views from where you can view virtually all of the island. Some unique archeological sites are the Virgin Cave and Trachyte Moai. Our night shoot location will be Ahu Tongariki.
A visit to Orango is on the schedule for today. Orango is the ceremonial stone village dedicated to the Birdman completion. We will also have fantastic views of the crater of the volcano, the ocean, and the adjacent islets of Moto Nui, Moto Iti, and Moto Kao Kao. Our afternoon is free to wander around town and visit the various local craft shops and markets, or better yet, a spa treatment in the resort. Our night shoot will be at Ahu Tahai.
Today we head out for a long day and afternoon at Rano Rarku, the “nursery” of the Moais. This is the quarry of hard tuff from which the Moais were cut from. The right path leads to many standing and partially buried Moais. Along this path, there are two partially cut Moais than had not been finished. The left path takes you into the volcano’s crater where more Moais are present and the lake that has formed in the volcano’s crater.
Today we will hike along the north coast of the island. No vehicles are allowed on the path; we will walk this section until Anakena, where our vehicle will pick us for the return. If available, we can ride horses or ATV along this path (Not Included). The afternoon is free to relax or last-minute shopping, Later on, we will have our special farewell dinner.
It is time to say goodbye to Easter Island, after breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the airport to take your flight back home.
Photography is more than a passion for Daniel; it’s a golden opportunity to document the world and share unique cultures with people across the globe. Embarking upon his creative path at the age of 17, he has since shot assignments, commercial work, and lifestyle campaigns. However, his primary focus is on travel and landscape photography. During the last few years, Daniel led photo tours in Morocco, India, Peru, Cuba, and Vietnam. Daniel is fluent in both, Spanish and English.
George is an adventure/travel photographer based in Miami; however, most often, he is traveling somewhere in the world. His passion started in his youth; the love for photography has never stopped growing for the 40 plus years. His unique approach for developing itineraries, for arranging high-quality excursions, and guiding people to unique locations yields the capture of great images. He brings all of his experience and knowledge to share it personally with each participant.
Easter Island is one of those remaining places visited for only a few. Its remoteness and unique photo opportunities make this destination the ideal place for the perfect photo vacation.
You’ll spend your days photographing fantastic landscapes, volcanoes, and structures not found anywhere else in a peaceful, relaxed environment.
While most visitors rush thru Easter Island, we will have six full days of photographing and enjoyment. We will have enough time to explore every corner of this magnificent island without time constraints.
This photo tour to Easter Island is limited to only ten participants, with two tour leaders. You will get the most from this incredible experience.
It’s hard to think of any place safer than Easter Island. Crime and petty theft are almost unheard of. Of course, like everywhere else common one must not forget common sense, but generally speaking, you can wander without worrying about your safety.
We have rated this tour as Easy to Moderate/Active.
Most photo opportunities are within easy walking distances from the vehicle and up to a maximum of 2 miles or so from our parking location.
For the most part, the photo tour will feature long days, with a full and active itinerary.
You need to be comfortable walking over cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, limited or no access to elevators, muddy/slippery walking/hiking trails.
Some days may require early morning departures and later evening returns.
No vaccinations are officially required for a visit to Chile. You should check a travel immunization clinic and check with your doctor.
Take along any prescription medication with sufficient supplies, as those might not be readily available in Easter Island.
It is wise to use an insect repellant against mosquitoes, especially in forested areas.
There isn’t a bad time of year to visit Easter Island. This is a semi-tropical area, which means most of the time, the climate is excellent.
The climate of Easter Island is warm and humid in summer and mild in winter. The average daily temperature ranges from 23/24 °C (74/75 °F) in the period from January to March to 18.5 °C (65 °F) in the period from July to September.
Because of its location, the seasons are reversed compared to those in Europe or North America. The wind frequently blows throughout the year.
We recommend concentrating on trekking/outdoor clothing and hiking shoes with ankle support.
We recommend wearing layers. The fact that Easter Island is tiny and is located in the middle of the Pacific, during the night the temperature drops as it becomes windy and could be warm during the day. So wearing layers to accommodate the fluctuations is the best approach.
We recommend packing an insulated light rain jacket and extra warm layers for those cold nights and mornings.
Don’t forget your sunglasses.
Easter Island is part of Chile. Citizens of USA, European Union, Canada, and Australia do not need a visa to enter Chile.
A valid passport and return flight ticket showing that you will leave the country within ninety days is required.
It is required that all of our guests have their own travel insurance, which should include evacuation for medical reasons.
Being part of Chile, Chilean pesos (CLP) is the official currency. Still, US Dollars are also accepted everywhere at Easter Island.
There are three ATMs at Easter Island; at the airport and in two banks of Hanga Roa. Sometimes it happens that the ATMs go out of service. If you want to be on the safe side, you could bring some money in cash, but most restaurants and shops accept credit cards nowadays, so you should be fine without cash for a day or two anyway.
Since everything has to be flown or shipped in, Easter Island is an expensive travel destination, oftentimes more costly than the rest of Chile.
ike in all of our tours, we try to book unique properties, boutique hotels that can offer a historical or cultural feature, close to where we need to be.
For this photo tour of Easter Island, we have secured rooms at the Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa.
However, keep in mind that there could be occasions where it won’t be possible to obtain final confirmation. In such a case, we will replace it with a hotel of a similar category.
Traditional Easter Island food is based mainly on sea products like fish, among them tuna, mahi-mahi, swordfish or kana, and seafood like lobster, shrimp, and rape-rape, a type of small lobster native to the island.
Various agricultural products are a cornerstone of the food, like sweet potatoes, taro, yams, plantain, and sugarcane. All of them were introduced to Easter Island from the Marquesas Islands a long time ago.
However, a wide selection of international dishes is also available in many restaurants around the island.
Yes, it is possible to connect to a cellular network in Easter Island. However, for the most part, the service is limited to Hanga Roa. If you’re planning to buy a local SIM Card, the phone must also be unlocked.
Our hotel for this tour will have internet access and wifi, just keep in mind that connectivity might be touch-and-go.
Easter Island uses 220 volts and the standard frequency 50hz. The used power plugs and sockets are of type C and L.
Also, keep in mind that if your devices run at 110 volts only, you’ll need to bring a converter to avoid frying the electronics.
1) Booking procedure:
We will send you an email shortly after confirming your booking. Do not book your flights at this time unless otherwise indicated by us. We will let you know once the minimum number of guests to run the tour has been reached.
2) Balance of Payments:
The final payment for the trip is 90 days before departure. Such payment shall be made via credit card or wire transfer. Failure to meet the payment schedule will result in cancelation and forfeit of deposit.
3) Cancelation and Refunds
If, for any reason, DAK Photography Inc. must cancel the trip, 100% of paid deposits will be fully refunded. We reserve the right to cancel any trip/tour/group due to insufficient registration at any time. In the event of such cancellation, those with reservations shall be notified as soon as possible, and a full refund of trip payment will be given.
If a guest needs to cancel, we must receive written notification, email is accepted.
The following cancelation fees apply:
In the event that you have to cancel, we will do our best to fill your spot. If we do so, we will refund 100% of the tour fee less an administrative fee of $ 150.-
Refunds will be not be made for any other costs you may have incurred as a result of your booking.
Travel and medical insurance that includes emergency evacuation coverage are mandatory. We recommend that you purchase this as soon as the trip is confirmed to protect your investment.
Price: $ 4,795 US Dollars
Single Supplement: $ 575 US Dollars
Small-Group Fee: $ 595 US Dollars, For less than 6 registered participants, a small group supplement will apply.
Deposit: $595 US Dollars, secures your spot.
Balance: Due 90 days before departure. Full terms and conditions in FAQ.
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