A place of mystery, monuments, volcanoes, and beaches, Easter Island makes an exciting and off-the-beaten-path destination for a family holiday. You'll access the island by flight from mainland Chile, bookending your week with city fun in bustling Santiago. See the famous moai statues, head out snorkeling, go horse trekking on the slopes of a volcano, and learn about the island's fascinating past on this family trip like no other.


  • See the majestic moai statues on an atmospheric sunset tour
  • Relax with the kids on Easter Island's Anakena Beach
  • Discover the island's fascinating volcanoes, history, and legends  
  • Tour the highlights of Chile's cosmopolitan capital, Santiago

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Santiago, Afternoon at Bicentenario Park Santiago
Day 2 Fly to Easter Island, Sunset Moai Tour  Easter Island
Day 3 Orongo Village & Volcano Tour Easter Island
Day 4 Anekana Beach Day  Easter Island
Day 5 Rano Raraku Volcano & Ahu Vaihu Ceremonial Site Easter Island
Day 6 Explore Easter Island, Fly to Santiago Santiago
Day 7 Santiago City Tour, Depart  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Santiago, Afternoon at Bicentenario Park

Half Day Visit to the Bicentenario Park
Enjoy some family relaxation at Bicentenario Park

Welcome to Santiago! Chile's vibrant and fun capital makes the perfect start to your family getaway. Your driver will meet you at the airport and transport you to your city center accommodation. Once you've settled in, take the kids out for some fresh air after your journey at the expansive Bicentenario Park. This 67-acre (27 ha) green space in Santiago's center is popular with local families—with multiple play areas and flamingoes and fish to feed (food can be purchased from the on-site dispensers), it's easy to see why. 

Once you and the kids are ready to see more of the city, head to the Casacostanera shopping mall. An elegant complex with a boutique feel, you'll nevertheless find many of the major brands. Take the opportunity to buy anything else you need, browse, or grab a few souvenirs. The mall is home to several great restaurants featuring both local and international cuisine, so stop here for dinner before heading back to your accommodation for the evening. 

Day 2: Fly to Easter Island, Sunset Moai Tour 

Transfer to the Airport - Flight to Easter Island
Take a sunset tour of Easter Island's moai statues

Get the kids up bright and early this morning—your driver will take you out to Santiago Airport to catch the morning flight to Easter Island, known to locals as Rapa Nui. Your flight arrives there early in the afternoon, and you and the kids will receive a memorable welcome of flower necklaces and refreshing drinks from the locals. This small island (63 sq mi/ 163 sq km) is easily explorable with kids—once you've settled into your accommodation and had a bite to eat, head out for a wander. As well as the beauty of the hills and beaches, the kids will love the friendly horses that graze freely over the island. 

In the evening, you'll meet your guide for a short drive to two nearby ahu (ceremonial platforms), Ahu Tahai and Ahu Akapu. Take your time marveling at the large, solemn moai statues for which the island is famous, and choose which of the two sites from which you'd like to see the sunset. The sun sets directly behind the statues at Ahu Tahai, making it a more popular and busy destination, so if isolation and atmosphere are more important to you than the perfect sunset photo, opt for Ahu Akapu—whichever you choose, this will be a family evening to remember. 

Day 3: Orongo Village & Volcano Tour

 Half Day Tour Orongo Volcano
Explore Orongo village and its fascinating Birdman petroglyphs
This morning, take a guided tour of the extinct volcano of Rano Kau. You'll get a 360-degree view over the island from here, as well as an up-close look at the round crater lake and other geological features. Continue to the nearby village of Orongo, the ceremonial center of the island's Birdman cult. The kids will be fascinated to learn about the annual competition to be chief, and you'll find spectacular petroglyphs referring to the cult around the village. Next, your guide will take you to the ancient Ahu Vinapu and Ana Kai Tangata sites, where you'll see further hints of the island's mysterious past in pre-Inca paintings.
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If you have free time in the afternoon and want to learn more about the island's history and culture, take the kids to the Anthropological Museum to view ancient artifacts or book the family in to see a traditional dance show. With the many horses roaming this island, horseback riding is a popular pastime—why not book a trek up Maunga Terevaka, the island's highest point, and enjoy an afternoon of equestrian fun combined with some sightseeing? Head to Te Moai Sunset for dinner to dine on fresh seafood while you gaze out over the scenic coastline.

Day 4: Anakena Beach Day

Beach Day! - Spend Your Day in Anakena Beach
Spend the day on idyllic Anakena Beach

Relax and have some family fun with a classic beach day. Your driver will take you from your hotel to Anakena Beach, the island's most extensive stretch of sand. Usually white, the coral sand can gain a beautiful pink hue depending on the light. You can easily set yourselves up here for the day: although the beach is 11 miles (18 km) from town, it has bathrooms, snorkel rental facilities, and some good places to eat. Let the youngsters paddle in the gentle waves and build sandcastles to their hearts' content while you sunbathe or join them in the water.

This is the island's best spot for snorkeling, so if the kids are old enough, head out together to spot Easter Island butterflyfish, colorful wrasse, and sea turtles. Take some time to visit Ahu Ature Huki and Ahu Nau Nau, the two moai platforms, and enjoy a fresh seafood lunch at the restaurant. Later in the day, grab some additional snacks and drinks and enjoy them in the shady picnic area. Browse the craft stalls near the car park and pick up a few souvenirs before heading back to your accommodation.  

Day 5: Rano Raraku Volcano & Ahu Vaihu Ceremonial Site 

Get up close to the mysterious moai statues

Take a guided tour of some of the geographical and cultural highlights of the island today. First up is Vaihu, an unrestored ceremonial site that memorializes the widespread demolition of the moai due to interclan fighting during the 18th century. Continue to the Akahanga region, where legend has it that the first king, Hotu Matua, is buried. From here, your guide will take your family to one of the island's most stirring sights, the Rano Raraku quarry. Here over 900 statues were carved—the kids will be fascinated by many partly-completed moai that can still be seen, illustrating the stages of construction and transport. 

Next, proceed to Ahu Tongariki, the island's largest ahu, where you can see 15 magnificent restored moai. The tallest (30 ft/ 9 m) is also the largest to have been successfully transported, with a weight of 86 tons. Early settlers called Easter Island "The Navel of the World," and this name is also given to your next stop-off, a strange rock formation consisting of a round boulder within a rock perimeter. It's believed that Hotu Matua brought the boulder with him when the island was settled and that it's the source from which life springs. After some time exploring the neighboring ahu, your guide will take you back to your hotel. 

Day 6: Explore Easter Island, Fly to Santiago

Good Bye Easter Island - Flight to Santiago
Be sure to purchase a souvenir or two before you leave Easter Island
Although you fly back to Santiago today, you have the morning free to revisit your favorite Easter Island sites. Spend some time on the beach, or grab a few more family photos with the moai. Relax with a coffee and some live music in town, then shop for some souvenirs. For a change of scenery, stroll through the lush Jardin Tau Kiani Rapa Nui, an attractive botanic garden complete with sculptures for the kids to spot. At the appointed time, your driver will take you to the airport to catch your flight to Santiago. 

Day 7: Santiago City Tour, Depart

Santiago City Tour - Great for Kids
Linger in Castillo Hidalgo's beautiful surroundings

It's the last day of your family trip today, but take the time to enjoy the contrast between the isolation and quiet of Easter Island and the vibrancy of busy Santiago as you visit the city's highlights on a tour tailor-made for families. Fit in as much as you can, depending on the time of your flight.

Visit sites that epitomize Chilean history and culture, like the presidential palace of  La Moneda and the Plaza de Armas, the town square known as Chile's center. The whole family will love the lively atmosphere, with an abundance of music and tasty street food. Be sure to try kid-friendly treats like sopaipillas (fried dough sweetened with honey) and mote con huesillo (a sweet peach drink). 

Next, spend some time in Santa Lucia (the beautiful grounds of Castillo Hidalgo are a highlight) and San Cristóbal, where you'll find a 46-foot (14 m) statue of the Virgin Mary and panoramic views over the city. You then have the choice of taking the kids swimming in the municipal pool or visiting the Santiago Zoo. To round the tour off, head to Araucano Park, where the kids can play while you enjoy a coffee. There are plenty of great restaurants in this area, so dine here before heading back to your hotel and onward to the airport for your flight. Safe travels! 

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Map of Family Holiday in Santiago & Easter Island - 7 Days
Map of Family Holiday in Santiago & Easter Island - 7 Days