At the beginning of the expedition, Earthwatch teams received training on field survey methods, which included how to recognize sites; document them with photos, maps, and drawings; and use GPS devices. They took guided tours through rock garden sites. Then, they spent the rest of the expedition surveying in the field and constructing and maintaining a rock garden. Most evenings, they heard from experts about Easter Island prehistory, human–plant interactions on the island, and results of the project’s previous research.
Earthwatchers spent two days on an archaeological tour of the major monuments of the island, which included the ceremonial site of Orongo on top of the Rano Kau volcano, the statue quarry at Rano Raraku, and many elaborate ahu (temples), including Ahu Vinapu, one of the largest on the island.
Note: Field conditions and research needs can lead to changes in the itinerary and activities. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.