SOUTH American eco-experience operator explora is gearing up to take travellers to the 15-day Tapati Festival, one of the most important celebrations in all of Polynesia, at Easter Island (Rapa Nui) early in 2014.
From February 1 to 15, local artists and athletes form alliances which compete in 40 ancient sporting and cultural events like the Vaka Tuai, in which each team makes a reed canoe and sails against other teams; the Takona, in which the participants paint their bodies with natural pigments; the Tau’a or triathlon; and the Haka Pei, where competitors throw banana tree trunks downhill at speeds of up to 80 kilometres per hour.
Tourists are invited to join the activities which have been celebrated at Rapa Nui for nearly 40 years.
explora’s Posada de Mike Rapu lodge, the first “green hotel” in Latin America, has 30 rooms and facilities which include pool, jacuzzi, sauna and massage room. The lodge’s cuisine incorporates typical Rapa Nui ingredients and is rich in fish and other types of seafood.
explora have three to eight night packages starting from $2385 per person twin which includes three nights’ accommodation, full board, daily explorations with guides and return airport transfers.
In addition to participating in the festival activities, explora’s Rapa Nui offers daily excursions on foot, by bicycle and in the ocean (boat trips, snorkelling, fishing and surfing), all with different levels of intensity and duration. These activities bring travellers closer to the ancestral Rapa Nui culture, the unique characteristics of its people and the beautiful landscapes of this island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.