Located 3,700 kilometres away from Chile’s mainland and totally enclosed by the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, Easter Island is the most isolated inhabited island on earth. Home to an abundance of bizarre Moai stone statues peppered around the island, it is a place of magnetism and mystery which holds on to a fascinating legacy of an ancient and complex culture.
Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui is a speckle of volcanic rock in the middle of the Pacific Coast. So remote and isolated it is well known for its spectacular scenery and the hundreds of monolithic statues that lay scattered across the island. Carved out of volcanic rock and averaging at four metres and fourteen tons, these statues are an incredible work of art and representation of the Rapa Nui society, thought to be of Polynesian origin. Whilst little is known about their purpose, their presence creates an evocative landscape, which has left visitors bewildered for centuries.
With over 900 protruding statues, the areas in which they loom have been declared a National Park and World Heritage Site, which focuses on the legacy of the Rapa Nui Culture. Totally cut off from the world, the island’s inhabitants created their own religion, music and dance which still exist today. They are also known as having the only written language in all of Polynesia known as the rongo rongo, which outsiders are still yet to decipher. A visit to the quarry at Rano Raraku, where most Moai were sourced and sculpted, provides insight into the engineering effort that went into creating each sculpture.
As well as Easter Island’s astounding archaeological wonders, it is also a place of natural beauty. Without trees, the island appears vast and somewhat barren but with its verdant rolling hills, volcano craters and fringed by wild white sand beaches, it’s an enchanting place to explore. Hiking, mountain biking, horse-riding and sailing are all excellent ways to explore the island and soak up its pristine terrain. Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, the island also boasts extraordinary diving, where waters are brimming with tropical fish and turtles.
Five hours away by plane, we recommend staying at Easter Island for at least three nights to get a flavour for the island and give you time to create your own history as to the theory behind the Moai statues. A number of the lodges we work with are perfectly located to explore the island and operate on an all-inclusive basis with extensive activity menus to enhance your once in a lifetime trip to Easter Island.