ITINERARY: Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
The cost of the November Easter Island tour:
$2399 US Dollars (around £1525 UK Pounds). Single occupancy - extra $300. Includes international flight from/to Lima.
20th - Meet in Lima and get on overnight flight to Easter Island. Included in price.
21st – We arrive around 6am on an overnight flight from Lima, so we will have plenty of time to rest. In the afternoon, visit the Ahu Tahai complex, one of the most spectacular ahu complexes on the island. Visit the Rano Kau Caldera and Orongo Village to see unusual and low-lying ancient stone houses as well as beautiful and well-preserved petroglyphs, including those depicting shapes associated with the traditional Birdman Competitions. Both the stone structures at Orongo and the petroglyphs tie directly in to Robert Schoch's new research as presented in his latest book, Forgotten Civilization: The Role of Solar Outbursts in Our Past and Future. Introductory dinner and lecture.
22rd - Tour the Rano Raraku Quarry up close, where the moai (large stone heads and torsos) made from volcanic tufts were carved. More than 200 moai are still here in various states of completion, including one estimated to weigh approximately 250 tons. Lunch. Visit the Ahu Tongariki complex. Dinner and evening lecture by Dr. Schoch.
23rd – Visit Anakena Beach where the unusual Ahu Nau Nau is located. Almost all the moai here retain their mysterious headpieces. Very nearby is Te Pito Te Henua, "the navel of the world", which we will visit. Anakena Beach contains beautiful white sand, and here we can swim and explore more moai. Evening lecture by Brien Foerster about 'The Red-Haired Voyagers of the Pacific'.
24th –Visit the North Coast, including Ahu Maitake Te Moai, which oddly contains an older moai reused in the ahu wall. Then visit the area of Vinapu containing possibly the oldest and most incredible stonework on the island, stonework that has been compared to that found in South America. In the late afternoon, visit the island's museum, Museo Antropológico Padre Sebastián Englert, where many beautiful and mysterious artifacts are located, including the enigmatic "female" moai that some people feel looks alien.
25th - Free day to explore more, shop, and/or relax. If anyone wants to visit additional archaeological sites, the organizers will be available. Includes a farewell lunch. Fly to Lima 6.20pm flight- arrive Lima 11.10pm. For those who are staying the night, we'll book into a local hotel near the airport or connect with flights home. The tour ends!
Introducing the three Megalithomaniacs who will be hosting the forthcoming tour in November....
ROBERT SCHOCH PHD
Dr. Robert M. Schoch, a full-time faculty member at the College of General Studies at Boston University since 1984, earned his PhD. (1983) in Geology and Geophysics at Yale University. He also holds an M.S. and M.Phil. in Geology and Geophysics from Yale, as well as degrees in Anthropology (B.A.) and Geology (B.S.) from George Washington University. Additionally, Dr. Schoch is a member of the Advisory Board, Ananda College of Living Wisdom.
Dr. Schoch has been quoted extensively in the media for his pioneering research recasting the date of the Great Sphinx of Egypt using geological analyses, as well as for his work on ancient cultures and monuments in such diverse countries as Egypt, Turkey, Bosnia, Romania, Wales, Scotland, Mexico, Peru, Chile (Easter Island), and Japan. Dr. Schoch’s research has been instrumental in spurring renewed attention to the interrelationships between geological and astronomical phenomena, natural catastrophes, and the early history of civilization. Dr. Schoch has appeared on many radio and television shows and is featured in the Emmy-winning documentary The Mystery of the Sphinx, which first aired on NBC in 1993 (note: the original documentary has since been re-edited and includes supplemental/extraneous material). He is a featured speaker at national and international conferences.
Dr. Schoch is the author or coauthor of both technical and popular books, including the trilogy with R. A. McNally: Voices of the Rocks: A Scientist Looks at Catastrophes and Ancient Civilizations (1999), Voyages of the Pyramid Builders: The True Origins of the Pyramids from Lost Egypt to Ancient America (2003), and Pyramid Quest: Secrets of the Great Pyramid and the Dawn of Civilization (2005). A recent book publication by Dr. Schoch is The Parapsychology Revolution: A Concise Anthology of Paranormal and Psychical Research (compilation, and a hundred pages of commentary, by Robert M. Schoch and Logan Yonavjak; 2008). Dr. Schoch's works have been translated into numerous languages and distributed around the world. He is also the coauthor of an environmental science textbook used in universities across the United States, and has contributed to numerous magazines, journals, and reviews on geology, parapsychology, and ancient civilizations. Dr. Schoch's latest book, Forgotten Civilization: The Role of Solar Outbursts in Our Past and Future, is due to be published by Inner Traditions, Summer 2012. Dr. Schoch's website is www.robertschoch.com
The tour is jointly organised by Megalithomania and Hidden Inca Tours. The above itinerary is subject to possible changes (for the better!)
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6) Full payment and passport details must be received by 1st October 2012
7) Roommates: We are happy to try to and match our guests with a suitable roommate for those who are traveling alone. If we are unable to do this, you will be responsible to pay for the single supplement. Early registration will facilitate this process. (Note: Itinerary may be subject to change if circumstances arise beyond reasonable control.)
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