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Interview With The Go-To Easter Island Tour Guide: Paul Pownall

by on May 9, 2013 · 10 comments

in Trip Reports, Video Blog Post

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The few days we spent on Easter Island were the highlight of my mom’s and my Mother’s Day trip to Chile – thanks in no small part to our guide Paul Pownall, who had been suggested by numerous TPG readers.

Mother/Son bonding with Easter Island Moai

Mother/Son bonding with Easter Island Moai

Paul took us all over the island to check out the famous Moai (stone heads) to the various beaches and craters, through town, and pretty much everywhere. He was such an interesting guy with a wealth of information to share, and he told it all in such an entertaining way since he has so much personal history with the island.

I know some of you are either en route to Easter Island now or heading there in the next couple of months, so I wanted to share this video I made with Paul where we discuss the history, culture and natural beauty of the island.

As you can see, Paul is quite a character and extremely knowledgeable about the island since he first came here as an archaeologist’s assistant in 1968 – and he flew the first LAN Chile commercial flight on his way!

Paul suggest staying for 4 days instead of the 3 people normally stay, to give yourself enough time to learn something and then wander on your own just to take everything in.  He also suggests March-May and September-November to come because there are fewer tourists here and the weather is pleasant.

Paul’s tours are great and available by the half or full day, and he also runs a hotel here called Tekerara and two small guest houses with rates ranging from $90-$360, though my mother and I stayed at Taha Tai near town.

If you’re interested in booking Paul for your trip down there, you can find all his contact information and rates here. Stay tuned for more Easter Island coverage and videos!

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  • Grant Thomas

    Great interview, I will be there soon, i hope for 4 days and I’m gunna see you Paul.

  • iahphx

    I remember hearing about Paul’s tours before I visited Easter Island a couple of years ago with my family. I recall not booking with him because the price for a family was astronomical. I see that it still is!
    Really, this is a constant problem when you have to hire “first world” guides who, not unreasonably, wanted to be compensated at “first world” prices for their services. You will definitely learn more with a knowledgeable guide like Paul. But if you do a little advance reading and bring a decent guidebook, you can learn almost as much by yourself — at a fraction of the price.

  • Chip Douglas

    I hope everyone gets to come and experience the magic of this special place. The moai the merrier!

  • Cheryl

    We visited Easter Island last May. I highly recommend tours with Peter Naef who owns HareSwiss with his wife. We took a half day tour with him our first day – best decision we made. It really helped us appreciate the island for the rest of our trip.

  • Cheryl

    I forgot to add that his tour was very reasonably priced. :-)

  • Acker

    Thanks Brian, I’ve emailed him about my Jan 2014 stay.

  • Jetstream007

    I just returned from Easter Island last week thanx to the great $900+ deal. Thanks a lot for sharing that deal Brian, it was a great trip! Very much appreciated and nice to see you and your mom enjoying the Moai…!

  • studd

    did the blogger get a reduction, discount, free, or inkind services for this promotion on the website?
    would the blogger reveal that here? we the readers would appreciate that.

  • westerndh

    Great video. We just returned from 5 wonderful days on Easter Island, staying with Paul at his Tekarera Inn. Paul is a fabulous guide and knows the Island, it’s people and culture so well. We wholeheratedly share Brian’s recommendation.

  • sy7

    I just returned from Easter Island as well, and used Paul’s guide services (booked before this blog post due to some glowing recommendations on Flyertalk). Paul is a great guide, and I would whole-heartedly recommend him. I’m usually someone that would skip guides, but per the FT suggestions, getting a guide on Easter Island was a good choice since you get to hear about various local issues that won’t be in the guidebooks.

    We booked the 3 bdrm house by the hotel, and really enjoyed it. The location and amenities are good, and the pricing is also very competitive.

    FYI, in terms of his tour pricing, he has great package rates if you stay at his hotel/house and rent his jeep for days you are not doing a tour.

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