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How many days needed for Easter Island?

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I've seen that flights allow for stays of 3-4 days or a whole week.
4 years ago, May 3rd 2010 No: 1 Msg: #110137  
Hi,

how many days are usually recommended to spend on Easter Island? I\'ve seen that flights allow for stays of 3-4 days or then a whole week. Any recommendation for a hostal is also highly appreciated.

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4 years ago, May 4th 2010 No: 2 Msg: #110149  
Hi Massimo

I've been two years ago on the easter islands. I've spent there 2 weeks, that was really too much. Staying 3-4 days is perfect. You can see the entire island during 3-4 days without any problems. I've been in the Kona Tau Hostel in Avaraipau, very nice location and fair prices for the island.

Enjoy your trip

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4 years ago, May 4th 2010 No: 3 Msg: #110150  
Hi Jona,

thx for the info. In that case I'll plan 3-4 days. I think best is to rent an own car and drive around, right? Reply to this

4 years ago, May 4th 2010 No: 4 Msg: #110189  
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Three or four days would be the minimum. Remember that the flight itself takes over 5 hours, so you won't arrive before midday. Rain can also interrupt your sightseeing.
I would highly recommend you take one guided tour. They are well worth it for giving you a real overview of the history of the island. After that, you can explore on your own with a guidebook and a rented car. Reply to this

4 years ago, May 4th 2010 No: 5 Msg: #110191  
Dear Fiona,

thank you for your considerations. Do you perhaps recommend a company that does guided tours?
thank you and regards,
massimo Reply to this

4 years ago, May 4th 2010 No: 6 Msg: #110200  
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I don't have a particular company to recommend as we just used someone connected to where we were staying. Usually that works out best as with big companies you are in a bigger group which isn't so much fun. The islanders love to talk about their history and show you the sights. Wherever you go always take drinking water with you as the only potable water is in Hanga Roa. Also you can save a bit of money by bringing some snacks or tinned food with you from the mainland, even bottled water. Food is expensive on the island because everything has to be brought in. There are no restrictions other than the weight of your suitcase. Take cash Chilean pesos. A lot of places don't take credit cards and the ATM machines can empty if there are a lot of visitors.
If you are there on a Sunday, go to mass as the singing is in Rapa Nui. Reply to this

4 years ago, May 6th 2010 No: 7 Msg: #110283  
Massimo, I rented a car and made the tour by myself. I got some information from the hostel were I stayd. You don't need any companies for making the tours. Reply to this

4 years ago, May 9th 2010 No: 8 Msg: #110484  
ok, thx for the various info and tips. Looking forward to see that Island :-) Reply to this

4 years ago, May 9th 2010 No: 9 Msg: #110496  
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I spent 4.5 days there a couple of years ago and didn't see everything, so you wouldn't be bored if you stayed a whole week. Remember also (especially if you're at all interested in photography) that places have a different look at different times of the day so you may want to revisit some of the more atmospheric ones. Plus the more days you give yourself, the less chance of bad weather having a big impact on your stay. With the time and money you'll spend to get here, it doesn't make sense to skimp on how long you stay.

If you're on your own, I'd recommend hiring a moped rather than a car - gets you a bit closer to nature (and is cheaper). As Fiona says, food is much more expensive on the island so if you're on a budget then it's worth bringing some supplies from the mainland.

You might want to consider Camping Mihinoa for accommodation - they were by far the cheapest option when I stayed there, but I don't think they're listed on any of the usual hostelling websites. They have a picturesque shoreline location and plenty of space for camping (they also have dorms and rooms). Reply to this

4 years ago, May 9th 2010 No: 10 Msg: #110513  
recommend minimum 3 nights as you need at least 2 full days to see the best sights of the island. I travelled there with my 1 year old daughter at the time, so moped was not an option. I just hired a driver for the day which was cheap and went at my own pace which I prefer to any group tour. Can arrange driver through your hotel/hostel. The place is magical, one of my favorite places I have been..... Reply to this

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