May 2, 2004
Outside Magazine

The Trip-Finder, January 1998

Hiking the Lake District and Easter Island

Outfitter Departures Price Accommodations
Nature Expeditions International
1 $2,890 tourist hotels

The Route: A 17-day tour that starts with five days of hikes and excursions in the Lake District, followed by a week on remote Easter Island during the annual Tapati Rapa Nui folklore festival, with numerous visits to archaeological and cultural sites.

When to go: February

Difficulty: Easy

Travel advisory: Signs of commercialism are slowly creeping onto Easter Island, especially during the Tapati Rapa Nui festival, which until a few years ago was celebrated only by islanders but today attracts dozens of tourists.

High/low points:

  • Having as your trip leader the former governor of Easter Island and current head of archaeological investigations.
  • Disquieting ghost stories involving the wide-eyed moai statues.

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