Destination guide: Easter Island, Chile
Easter Island is known around the world for the strange statues, called Moai, that line its shores. When you visit the island you will see them standing upon the coastline looking in from the ocean. No one knows how they got there, or what purpose they serve – that's part of the mystery that keeps Easter Island filled with eager visitors.
On Easter Island you will discover amazing archaeological historyand more. The island has strange stone formations, cave paintings, carvings, and much more.
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Easter Island (Rapa Nui to its native Polynesian inhabitants) is like nowhere else on earth. Historically intriguing, culturally compelling and scenically magical, this tiny speck of land looks like it's fallen off another planet. In this blissfully isolated, unpolished gem it's hard to feel connected even to Chile, over 3700km to the east, let alone the wider world. Just you, the indigo depths and the strikingly enigmatic moai (giant statues) scattered amid an eerie landscape.
When the moai have finished working their magic on you, there are dead volcanoes to climb, motus (islets) to dive or snorkel along, and waves to surf. And there's no better eco-friendly way to experience the island's savage beauty than on horseback or from a bicycle saddle. Once you've had your fill of hiking and clambering, gawking and gasping, a couple of expanses of silky sand beckon (with not a jet ski in sight). Easter Island is refreshingly void of bling and large-scale development. It's all about eco-travel, and this is why it's gaining in popularity. With the exception of one recently built ritzy resort, tourism infrastructure is limited to a flurry of family-run ventures, which ensures your money goes straight into local pockets.
If your visit is in February, try to make it coincide with the hugely popular Tapati Rapa Nui festival, featuring a vibrant program of music, dance and traditional cultural events.
One thing is sure, you'll have a lump in your throat the day you leave.
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