Easter Island

When to go

Jan-March

Ideal length

4 nights

Transfer time

1 hour flight from Patagonia

Situated in eastern Polynesia some 3,700 km (5hr flight) from mainland Chile it was discovered in 1771 on Easter Sunday by Spanish conquistadors on their way to the Indies. Easter Island is a World heritage Site, but also the most isolated place on the planet. It has been called an ‘open air museum’ on account of the Moai, or stone statues, of which there are over 600 that can be found on the island, with 300 Moais on one volcano!

OUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO DO IN EASTER ISLAND

VINAPU

The area contains the ruins of two Ahu, (ceremonial platforms for the moais) one of which shows similarities to Machu Picchu’s stonework. The moais that used to sit on top of the structure have unfortunately toppled over

AHU-AKIVI

These are the most famous of the moais, where all 7 face the ocean, whereas all others face inland. Legend has it that this was the site where the Rapa Nui king first set foot on the island in the 4th century.

RANO RARAKU

A volcano containing the quarry where nearly all the moais were sculpted. All 394 moais here were left unfinished and at varying stages of completion

ORONGO

This small ceremonial village comes to life during the Tapati Rapa Nui festival in January, though it is better known for the nearby Rano Kau volcano, whose crater has a diameter of 1.6 km and is 200m deep

TE PITO KURA

Today it is only a shrine where the largest moai ever transported and erected once stood. It now lies on the ground, weighing 82 tons and 10m tall

OVAHUE

This small rarely frequented beach has a peculiar pink sand and with its crystal clear waters is ideal for lazing away the days

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