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EASTER ISLAND - RAPA NUI

Easter Island

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EASTER ISLAND - RAPA NUI

EASTER ISLAND is located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, 3,256 km / 2,024 mi distant from Chile´s mainland territory. It has a total surface area of 180 square kilometers. Rapa Nui its name in the island´s native language, has preserved a culture whose roots date back to 1,700 years ago.EASTER ISLAND.EASTER ISLAND.


Easter Island

In 300 C.E., migratory waves from Polynesia gave origin to many myths and legends that are vividly passed on until the present. Especially their dances and the traditional music, their festivals, language and the famous Moais, are the heritage of the island and its almost 5,000 inhabitants.


The first European to discover Easter Island was Jakob Roggeveen on April 5, 1722, Easter Sunday, thus its name. Following discovery by Roggeveen, in 1888, Policarpo Toro took possession of the island in the name of the Chilean government.


On Easter Island there is just one population center (Hanga Roa) and many alternatives for lovers of outdoor sports. Snorkeling and scuba diving, surfing, sailing, kayaking, horseback riding and trekking are practiced on and around the island and its triangular geography of volcanic origin. Evidence of its volcanic origin are the three extinct volcanoes whose craters contain lagoons and vegetation today, and that are within easy reach of visitors. The largest volcano is the one called Maunga Terevaka, 525 meters high. Ranu Kau volcano rises 324 meters, and El Poike, 352 meters.


Throughout the island you can visit the almost 900 Moais in existence, and diverse archeological sites that were used for holding religious rituals, for planting, feeding or shelter.


Caves and Volcanoes

The volcanic landscape of Easter Island offers interesting geographic landmarks that trekking enthusiasts can get to know. A series of caves and extinct volcanoes arouse powerful sensations, for example, as you crawl in the dark until reaching a panoramic view of the island's emerald plateaus against the backdrop of the eternal azure of the Pacific. The hike to Ranu Kao Volcano is the most popular among visitors. This is a full-day excursion in which you walk through eucaliptus forests until ascending to the crater, which you climb down and visit. What used to be the crater mouth is today filled with a profusion of native flora, besides other species introduced to the island, and petroglyphs that stand out for their uniqueness. There is another route that is less traveled between the cliffs of the north side, with Moais that have collapsed along the trail.


Beaches
Anakena and Ovahe are the only sand beaches on the island. Anakena is the main beach on the island and Ovahe, to the east, is smaller. With its sand, palm trees and turquoise waters, Anakena creates a paradisiacal setting. It also features two restored ahus, camping sites, and safe storage. With its warm waters, it is suitable for bathing.

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