Visit Easter Island for an adventure holiday among the world famous and mysterious Moai statues.
Easter Island is a tiny volcanic triangle, named Rapa Nui or ‘Navel of the World’ by its early settlers.
It lies 2,300 miles from Chile, the most remote inhabited island in the world.
Of course Easter Island is more famous for its archaeological treasures – more than 600 Moai stone statues up to nine metres high.
Easter Island is also home to caves and rocks, many decorated with etched petroglyphs and painted pictographs.
Holidays to Easter Island replicate the island’s laid-back feel.
Take guided trips to the sites, or stay longer and take advantage of the good climate and the chance to explore this fascinating place by foot, horseback or bike, or just enjoy the beaches.
Since Easter Island’s discovery in 1722, it remains a mystery how the islands’ native people first arrived. What transpired over the years is a puzzle still to be unravelled.
A holiday to this remote islands remains a travel highlight for anyone visiting South America.
Below you will find a few of the many attractions Easter Island has to offer for your holiday.
Ahu Nau Nau situated near the only sand beach on the island at Anakena. The Moai statues here are in a beautiful location with palm trees.
Ahu Nau Nau was restored in 1978 by the islander archaeologist Sergio Rapu. All of the Moai here had elaborate topknots (pukao).
An important finding here was that of an almost complete eye made of coral, with a red volcanic scoria disc to represent the iris, inlaid in a circular cavity in the coral. The eye sockets of the Moai quarried at Rano Raraku were not carved until they were upright on the ahus (in order to bring them to life). It is therefore possible to tell which Moai had been erected, and which were still in transit when the society collapsed.
Here is also the ‘Navel of the World’, a ceremonial site which contains an egg shaped stone.
Ahu Tongariki (substantially restored in the 1990s), one of the most impressive locations on the island.
Tongariki contains fifteen of the largest Moai statues including an 86 tonne Moai that is the heaviest ever erected on the island.
The Moais are lined up facing inland from the Pacific towards Rano Raraku.
The statues have quite distinctive faces that require the use of telephoto lenses, but the entire landscape surrounding this location is great for further exploration.
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I write you to thank you for organising the trip for us. Everything was perfect, we didn't encounter any problems whatsoever. We also appreciate the choice of accommodations, they were pleasant and comfy. We would definitely recommend you and Andean Trails to our friends.
R. Mihalache, UK, 2011
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The overall organisation was very good, as were the guides. The Lago Grey was the the best hotel - it was excellent. The Hotels Diego Velazquez (Santiago City) and the Taha Tai (Easter Island) were both excellently located, but were only average hotels. The Holiday Inn at Santiago airport was excellent and the Hotel Wesker (Puerto Natales) was very good.
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D. Moorhouse, UK, 2015
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