At the beginning of the expedition, you’ll receive training on field survey methods, which include how to recognize sites; document them with photos, maps, and drawings; and use GPS devices. You’ll also take guided tours through rock garden sites. Once you’ve been trained, you’ll spend your time surveying in the field and constructing and maintaining a rock garden. Most evenings, you’ll hear from experts about Easter Island prehistory, human–plant interactions on the island, and results of the project’s previous research.
You’ll spend two days on an archaeological tour of the major monuments of the island, which include the ceremonial site of Orongo on top of the Rano Kau volcano, the statue quarry at Rano Raraku, and many elaborate ahu (temples), including Ahu Vinapu, one of the largest on the island.
On the north coast is a sand swimming beach with kiosks that serve snacks and drinks. This is also the starting point for the day-long north coast walking tour that you may take on one of the recreational days. The Museo Padre Sebastian Englert provides an overview of the island’s prehistory and has a library.
You may wish to go to Catholic Mass on Sunday to hear traditional Easter Island singing; there are also a number of restaurants by the coast that you can visit in the evenings, and a local troupe performs traditional dances several times a week.
Note: Field conditions and research needs can lead to changes in the itinerary and activities. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.