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1. Posted by mikefinleyco (Budding Member 7 posts) 10w Star this if you like it!

Easter Island -Help -What are the actual open and closing times for sites?
As a photographer, I'm having a very hard time planning because I'm not finding a reliable source for the actual open and closing times for the sites controlled by Rapa Nui Parque Nacional. The information available online is contradictory, some sources even have different closing times for different sites depending on the day of the week? I'm looking for the real hours for the summer.

Here is what I have found:

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CONAF office operating hours:
April to November: 09:00 to 18:00
December to March: 09:00 to 19:00 (Orongo and Rano Raraku close their barriers)
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Schedules of the Rapa Nui National Park
Rapa Nui National Park has restricted schedules. Once you buy your ticket, you can only walk and go to the sectors between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm.
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Park Hours
Rano Raraku, Orongo, Anakena, Tahai, Ahu Akivi
Monday & Wednesday 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Other days 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
All other sites close at 6 p.m. and open at the same time above
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Can someone provide the real, actual open and closing times?

2. Posted by MAd4travel (Respected Member 25 posts) 9w 1 Star this if you like it!

We spend a week in Rapa Nui last Xmas and there is really only one 2 places where you have to wait for the site to be open to be allowed to go because you have to show you national park ticket and you can only visit these 2 places once with your ticket. If you want to go back to these 2 places you have to buy another ticket. You have to wait for the opening hour to go there and you can’t stay past closing time.
The two,places are: Orongo (Birdman place) and Rano Raraku quarry.

all the other places you can go at any time you want and as often as well’ we did just that, early morning, in the afternoon etc. As we had time and we rented a car we really went everywhere even we wanted.
If you are interested you can check our blog on Easter Island.

Mad4travel

3. Posted by mikefinleyco (Budding Member 7 posts) 9w Star this if you like it!

Hello Mad4travel,

"all the other places you can go at any time you want and as often as well’ we did just that, early morning, in the afternoon etc. As we had time and we rented a car we really went everywhere even we wanted."

I'm not sure what that means, just using the site Ahu Akivi as an example, it requires a park ticket to access but you can enter it as many times as you want to.

But using google maps street view and photo sphere I can see a guard shack and gate at the entrance. So when you say all other sites you can just enter whatever time you want, do you mean the guard shacks and gates are left open and there are is no signage about only entering during park hours?

4. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 851 posts) 9w Star this if you like it!

When you buy the National Park ticket every site you visit you get a stamp on that ticket at the shacks. It is just to make sure you bought a ticket. The fact is if no one is in the shacks (as happened many times on our week in Easter Island) there is nothing to stop you visiting the sites. The only exceptions are Orongo and Rano Raraku. They are completely inaccessible after hours. Visits are strictly controlled at these sites. When your ticket gets stamped at Orongo and Rano Raraku you cannot re visit these places without purchasing a new ticket. All the other sites you can visit as many times as you want. We visited a few sites at least twice due to rain the first day so when it was sunny we wanted to properly explore them.

When I visited Orongo and Rano Raraku visiting hours was 9am - 6pm though I think by 5:30pm they were no longer letting people into Rano Raraku.

5. Posted by mikefinleyco (Budding Member 7 posts) 9w Star this if you like it!

Thank both of you for your help.

Teoni, those hours sound right for Rano Raraku as I saw a picture of the park sign online that reflects those hours.

It sounds then that while the park sites do have hours and are attended during park hours, after hours the sights are still accessible. This is good to know. Hopefully, there will be no issues then with "trespassing" early or late.

Someone told you might get into Orongo or Rano Raraku again if you ask nicely and are nice about it. Not sure how valid that might be.

The Chile national park websites are maddening, non of them list basic information like hours on them or so much as a trail map.

6. Posted by MAd4travel (Respected Member 25 posts) 9w Star this if you like it!

Thanks Teoni for clarifying my previous explanations about other site entrance after hours. One place the guard was still there but let us go in anyway . Another time there was no one and back we go. There are really strict only about Orongo and Rano Araku.

« Someone told you might get into Orongo or Rano Raraku again if you ask nicely and are nice about it. Not sure how valid that might be »

From what we witness when we went to Rano Raraku, they would not allowed a tourist to go back in a second time. There was also the incident when they caught a woman who sneaked in not using the official entrance and when she was caught trying to get away with it but saying she didn’t know she wasn’t allowed to go back to the place without a new ticket. It didn’t work and was escorted out. It happened as we were there and saw the incident happening.

They might be more relax if there is no visitors at the end of the day or at Orongo

7. Posted by MAd4travel (Respected Member 25 posts) 9w Star this if you like it!

We did Ahu Akivi during the day and sun rise as well. Yes there is a guard early morning too but to make sure that , one you have a NP ticket (juts to be sure you paid the fee for the NP) and two ensure behaviour of tourist. I don’t even remember if our ticket was checked in fact.

8. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 851 posts) 9w Star this if you like it!

Quoting mikefinleyco

Someone told you might get into Orongo or Rano Raraku again if you ask nicely and are nice about it. Not sure how valid that might be.

Tourism has significantly increased in Easter Island I'm not sure they would be that generous these days. Orongo was crowded when we visited and being such a small site it does not take many people to become crowded. Rano Raraku the recommended visiting length is an hour and it took us just over that time to walk all the paths, take pictures read all the info boards and navigate past the tour groups that would congested the narrow pathways. Not to mention they are trying to preserve the archaeological sites so they probably don't want to increase visitor numbers by letting people have a second turn. Best thing is to plan your visit according to the rules and not hope for exceptional treatment.

Also I should add that sometimes park rangers will randomly check people's tickets in the car parks. So even if visiting a site that has no shack always have your ticket on you.

9. Posted by mikefinleyco (Budding Member 7 posts) 9w 2 Star this if you like it!

I received back an email for my request to the park for the official hours, so here is the actual hours straight from them: (guard this with your life because it doesn't exist anywhere else)

Site, Open*, Last Entry, Close
RANO RARAKU 9am 7pm 8pm
TONGARIKI 7am 7:30pm 8pm
AKAHAGA 9am 7:30pm 8pm
OROGO 9am 7:30pm 8pm
VINAPU 9am 5:30pm 6pm
VAIHU 9am 5:30pm 6pm
ANAKENA 9am blank 8pm
PITO KURA 9am 7:30pm 8pm
AHU AKIVI 9am 7:30pm 8pm
ACCESO ANA TE PAHU 9am 6:30pm 8pm
VAI A MEI 9am 6:30pm 8pm
TAHAI 9am blank 9pm
PUNA PAU 9am 5:30pm 6pm

  • Mon, Tues everything opens 30 minutes later

[ Edit: Edited on 18-Nov-2019, 22:17 GMT by mikefinleyco ]