Residents call it Rapa Nui, but this remote island in the Pacific Ocean – in the Polynesia area – better known as Easter Island, is part of the Chilean territory since 1888. Known as one of the most remote inhabited places on the planet, it is located a little more than 3,700 kilometers off the Chilean coast, about 5 hours and 40 minutes of flight from Santiago.
Conformed by nearly 6,000 inhabitants and an area of 164 km2, the island is home to amazing sites, such as volcanoes, beaches of pink sands, amazing caverns and incomparable landscapes, as well as the monumental moais. These are enormous statues made in stone – there are about 900 spread all over the island – decorating the coastal edge and which during many years have been a source of mystery for science and archaeologists.
Despite its small size and the distance separating it from the Mainland, Easter Island has several hotels with great infrastructure. Its spectacular landscapes and local cuisine fulfill the rest to make it a unique destination.
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Both the island and the surrounding sea are an impressive exhibit of nature. The crystal clear waters of the Pacific are ideal for practicing diving and snorkeling.
The endemic underwater flora and fauna are impressive, as well as the brightness and clarity of the sea make it an unforgettable experience for divers.
Anakena beach has white sand and turquoise water, the only one on the entire island enabled for bathing. Its palm trees were specially imported from Tahiti in the 1960’s.
The ahus are ceremonial platforms where ancient inhabitants erected their distinctive and mysterious moais sprinkled across the island. Ahu Tongariki, stands out as one of the most beautiful and is not to be missed. It has 15 moais placed in line, the largest group in order of all Rapa Nui. Ahu Tahai arouses interest because it is where the best sunsets are enjoyed; formed by two ceremonial platforms, one of five moais and the other with the ocean in the background.
Rano Kau and Orongo. The Rano Kau volcano is 325 meters in height and topped by a large crater including a lagoon, completed by impressive cliffs. Its slope is located the ceremonial village of Orongo. There are 50 stone houses with a cavern-like appearance.
Rano Raraku is another volcano where the quarry from which the majority of the moais of the island were sculpted. About 400 were left unfinished in various states, shapes and sizes.