Why You Should Visit Easter Island
- Easter Island is one of the world’s most isolated, unique and mysterious islands
- The coastal pathways are a must, particularly the route from Anakena Beach back to Hanga Roa with its spectacular scenery and fallen moai statues
- Don’t miss the quarry site of Rano Raraku where the statues were chiselled out of the rock by hand
- Follow in the footsteps of Jacques Cousteau and scuba dive alongside a submerged moai statue, coral and endemic fish
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Hike to the top of Maunga Terevaka, the youngest and highest of the three main volcanoes on Easter Island. The reward for reaching the top is a magnificent 360 degree view of the island and the vast Pacific Ocean beyond its territory.
A little more about Easter Island
Easter Island also known as Rapa Nui, is merely a dot in the vast Pacific Ocean, located some 3,700 kilometres off the west coast of Chile, heading towards Tahiti. The island is rightly a UNESCO World Heritage site that is dotted with hundreds of bizarre moai statues, some of which are set on plinths, whilst others lay abandoned on the hillsides. Punctuated by a dormant volcano at each tip, Easter Island is a fascinating, yet mysterious destination whose history is often subject to wild speculation and curious folkloric legends.
Today Easter Island is widely regarded as one of the most significant outdoor museums in the world with over 600 mysterious stone moai figures guarding the coastline. Take the opportunity to hike, horse ride or join a tour to the highlights of the island such as Rano Raraku quary, Orongo ceremonial site and Ahu Tongariki. On another note, why not relax on one of the palm fringed beaches given that the island is a Polynesian paradise!
Lesser known, the tranquil Juan Fernandez archipelago encompasses Robinson Crusoe Island, a veritable lost paradise which owes its name to the story of the shipwreck of Alexander Selkirk, immortalised in the famous novel by Daniel Defoe - just one of the countless unique settings that Chile has to offer.
When to go
Easter Island is a year round destination with a few climatic variations to note. The summer season from December to March is generally the best yet the busiest time to visit. It is cooler in winter with May being the wettest month of the year when some of the hiking trails can be inaccessible. Christmas, Easter and the Tapati Rapa Nui festival in late January/early February are busy and should be booked well in advance.