Easter Island Travel
Visit Easter Island for the cultural travel experience of a lifetime – discovering the mysterious Moai of Rapa Nui.
Rapa Nui, better known as Easter Island, is a treasure trove of cultural intrigue, folklore and fairytale, outdoor activities and an entirely unique ancient history, making it one of the all-time highlights of South America. On top of this there are also traditional festivals, a range of luxury boutique properties and scuba diving to be enjoyed here, rounded off each day with some of the best sunsets in the Pacific.
In truth, simply taking a walking tour of Easter Island is one of the greatest, most enjoyable and memorable experiences while here. Not only is this volcanic island scenic and beautiful in its own right, but witnessing the legendary Moai statues up close is something to behold. Carved from huge rocks somewhere between 1200 and 1500 A.D. by the hands of the little-known ancient Polynesians, these iconic figures litter Rapa Nui in their hundreds, all slightly different and few being fully understood. Many theories have emerged as to the reasons for their various locations, how they were physically transported or indeed carved at all, though for wide-eyed visitors the best course of action is to simply see them for yourselves.
Visit the sites of Rano Raraku, Ahu Nau Nau, Anakena Beach, Ahu Tongariki, the Petroglyphs of Papa Vaka, Terevaka Volcano and Tahai, with the latter making for a glorious sunrise scene and the best photographs. There are crater lakes at Orongo and Ranu Kau, beaches and hidden caves at Playa Ovahe and Ana Kakenga, not to mention the Rapa Nui National Park, Pacific Ocean scuba-diving, unforgettable sunsets, cultural presentations and fantastic food, to name just a few of the many reasons a trip to Easter Island should feature on your Chile vacation!
Easter Island’s biggest draw is undeniably its imposing Moai statues. Created between 1400 and 1650 A.D. by the indigenous people of the island – using a tool called ‘toki’, a simple stone chisel – these commanding figures are said to represent the spirit of individual tribespeople, which is why each Moai has different characteristics from the next. Seeing them up close stirs a sense of awe, and with an estimated thousand of them strewn across the island, you don’t need to go far to find them.
Orongo ceremonial village
The ceremonial village of Orongo teeters on a thin strip of land between Rano Kau Volcano and a sheer cliffside drop down to the ocean below. Here, witness ingenious ancient building techniques which have stood the test of time as well as one of the most complete sets of petroglyphs in the region, while wandering between and inside the abodes themselves; a great Easter Island experience and something which is not to be missed.
Rapa Nui cuisine
Try a taste of Easter Island’s unique culture by enjoying its distinctive cuisine, learning more about the local traditions and fresh produce. Easter Island’s staple ingredients include seafood such as tuna, mahi mahi, lobster and rape rape (a small lobster), as well as agricultural produce like sweet potato, chicken, tarots and yam. One traditional specialty in particular is the Umu Rapa Nui, made today just as the locals have been doing for hundreds of years. Why not have a go yourself during a cookery class?