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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.
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There was a lot of people to check in so that took some time. Breakfast was ok but the scrambled eggs and omelets were undercooked. The daily sunset cocktail was a great idea. It was a pity too see the flags and protest signs as it did interrupt the sunset and if I knew of the conflict I may have ...
Love the gardens, having breakfast with a beautiful view, friendly staff and also the hotel provide a transfer from and to the airport
The property had lush gardens with mature, large palms, flowers and plants which were immaculantly groomed. The buildings were designed using natural elements like giant tree pieces for the pillars, lava and rock accents, driftwood and organic enhancements. Beautiful! The rooms were modern with double ...
Beautiful view, comfortable room, wonderful warm people! They connected us with a personal guide for two full days -- it was a much better experience than taking a group tour. I highly recommend this facility!
It was great. The staff was so nice and accommodating. Our flight was delayed and we missed a night and they were completely understanding and helpful. So friendly and helpful. And the breakfast was fantastic
Excellent breakfast. Convenient location -able to walk to waterfront and many restaurants. Owners were very accommodating-transportation to and from airport-willingly picked up hat I had inadvertently left on tour van.
For bungalow accommodation with beautiful views of volacanic rocky shore, ocean and sunsets it was perfect. Pickup from airport with flower necklace from late flight was welcoming and appreciated, but we did not see Rafael again for 3 days so lucky we didn’t need any help or information as offered ...
Excellent trip, guides extremely good and very comfortable hotel
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