Easter Island (Rapa Nui) Cruises via Hanga Roa

Orongo the stone village
Ancient Tahai
Anakena beach

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Hanga Roa, Rapa nui

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Featuring a picturesque harbour, and nearly all Easter Island’s restaurants and shops, Hanga Roa is the capital and only town in one of the most remote inhabited islands on the globe. Just 3,000 people live here. The nearest inhabited land is 2,000 km away, and mainland Chile is over 3,500 km distant. The Polynesians landed here sometime around 1,200 AD. And an MSC World Cruise expedition will take you back in time to see evidence of their industrious culture from numerous stone moai and other artefacts.

MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including:

• Orongo the stone village
• Ancient Tahai
• Anakena beach

Come to Orongo, a restored, stone ceremonial village, with World Heritage status. Here you’ll find the largest collection of rock carvings in the Pacific.
Then head to Tahai, the biggest and best restored archaeological site near Hanga Roa. You’ll be able to explore funerary chambers built for community heads, and the remains of the boat-house or “hare paenga” they inhabited with their families. Three ceremonial platforms made from stones and cobbles as shrines, called “Ahu” have been restored too.

MSC excursions also go to Hanga Kio’e, once home to the “ariki”, or kings. Today it’s an archaeological complex with two restored Ahu, or stone pedestals on which stand moai statues. Rano Raraku is a crater in Rapa Nui formed by volcanic ash. It was a quarry that supplied most of the stone from which the island’s moai were carved.
Incomplete statues in the quarry are remarkable for their size and weight, over 70 feet tall and about 270 tons.
Outside stand numerous, smaller statues, some partially buried to the shoulder.

Anakena in the heart of the World Heritage Site of Rapa Nui National Park and home to the Ahu Nao-Nao archaeological site with its seven moai.
It’s the main beach on the island, and so perfect it really does live up to its description of unspoilt white sand, crystal clear blue water and coconut palms. It’s also steeped in culture, because the island’s first king Hotu Matu’a landed here. Later it became a ceremonial centre where a small elite read from sacred Rongorongo boards – one of the few independent inventions of writing in human history.



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    Sandwiched between the snowy white peaks of the Andes and the waves of the Pacific Ocean, Chile is the perfect country for outdoor activities and nature lovers thanks to its stunning national parks and reserves, which protect an incredible variety of plants and animals.

    An MSC World Cruise will take you to the very end of this extremely long country – over 4300 km – from Arica, on the Chile- Peru border, to Punta Arenas, on the border between Chile and Argentina, including everything else on the way! 
    During a cruise you may not get to see the driest desert in the world – the Atacama desert with its fascinating Valley of the Moon –, the high trails in the Parque Nacional Lauca, all at an altitude of between 4000 and 6000 metres, or the volcanic peaks and verdant landscapes of the Región de Los Lagos (very similar to the European Alps), but you will definitely have the opportunity to enjoy the wilderness of Patagonia and the statues carved by the Rapa Nui on Easter Island. 
    An MSC day trip will take you to the capital of Chile, Santiago, which is easily reachable from the colourful port of Valparaiso. The city is located in the country's central valley, near an area that is characterised by its vineyards, for example Colchagua Valley, and ski resorts.