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Easter Island brings to mind history and mystery. See its giant moai, statues of elongated human-like figures carved from volcanic rock. They rest on stone platforms called ahus and some wear stone headdresses. Learn about the ancient people who created these pieces as well as the explorers who pondered over them centuries later.
The island has about 900 moai, many in and around the Rano Raraku Quarry, with lava from the Rano Raraku volcano. They range in size from about 3 feet (1 meter) to 70 feet (21 meters) tall. Ahu Tongariki has one of the most prestigious displays. As you gaze at these amazing statues, marvel at the primitive engineering that transported the heavy carvings more than 10 miles (16 kilometers) across the island. Archaeologists have determined how the islanders used ropes, logs and human energy to complete this work, but don’t know why.
Explore distinct cultural developments over the last 1,200 years. The date is still debated but experts believe the Polynesians arrived in about A.D. 300 and developed moai starting about 700 A.D. but later destroyed many to build larger ones. After resource depletion and a fierce civil war, the local population dramatically declined. Europeans arrived on Easter Sunday 1722, giving the island its current name. Chile annexed the island, also known as Rapa Nui, in 1888 for sheep farming. Today tourism is the key industry.
Besides its historical significance, Easter Island offers very pleasant South Pacific beach vacation conditions. Travel to Anakena Beach on the northern shore to swim in azure waters the color of lapis lazuli gemstones, laze on the soft white sands under the shade of coconut palms or try bodysurfing. Gaze at the Ahu Nau Nau, with moai that are in exceptional condition after they were buried here in the sand for centuries.
Reach Easter Island by flying from Santiago, Chile, to Mataveri International Airport in the main city of Hanga Roa. Rent a four-wheel drive or use taxis to get around. Join a tour for best moai access and information.
A: Your stay in Easter Island will probably begin by disembarking your aircraft at Hanga Roa (IPC-Mataveri Intl.). This popular transportation hub operates 4 international flights each month.
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This was an extraordinary property with beautiful views. The rooms were decorated with special pieces of French furniture and the bed was incredibly comfortable. We loved the entire bungalow and the lovely kitchenette. Our hostess Fiji was an extremely helpful and nice hostess! This is a beautiful ...
The fact that every detail is taken in consideration and that the staff is super helpful and friendly made this place even more special. The rooms, the view, the common areas are beautiful and the food prepared was delicious. The explorations are well planned and the guides did know their material. ...
Beautiful setting. Pool is welcoming oasis. Restaurant is good, expanded menu would make it better.
The staff are very friendly and the property is located very close to shops. The water where you can swim is just a few minutes walk away.
Very well located, staff is friendly, food is great and bedrooms are spacious. They charge for water refills and hotel is expensive so come prepared.
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is steps away from Hanga Roa National Park and Mercado Artesanal Municipal. Pea Beach and Ahu Vai Uri are also within 15 minutes.