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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.
This is a very cute local hotel, and the management is very friendly. Although I don't speak Spanish, Marianella used google translate to help us visit! The hotel is in the main street, and within walking distance from the shops, restaurants and boardwalk. I definitely recommend this for a unique ...
Recommended for a 3 night stay on Easter Island. Friendly and helpful staff, good location and good facilities.
Very unique hotel, very private and a bit remote from town so very quiet and relaxing. The Tents were very well appointed and outdoor shower was lovely. No fans in the rooms so summer could be quite warm in the tents (we stayed in winter and it was cool but there were thick duvets on the beds). The ...
Very clean, nice shower, hot water. Good breakfast every day. Overall good value for money. Rooms are a bit dark.
The hotel way exceeded our expectation....was comfortable and inviting. Service good and we were happy to have WI-FI Very convenient location near great local restaurants and shopping. Free parking provided right at hotel. The la escaping on the property is wonderful! Took lots of photos of exotic ...