Easter Island Travel Guide
Plan Your Easter Island Vacation
The most isolated island in the world—2,985 km (1,850 mi) from its nearest populated neighbor and 3,700 km (2,295 mi) off the Chilean coast—Easter Island was uninhabited until around 1,500 years ago. That's when, according to local legend, King Hotu Matu'a and his extended family landed on a beach on the northern shore. Exactly where they came from is still a mystery. Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl believed they came from South America and, to prove the journey was possible, set sail in 1947 from Peru in a balsa-wood boat called the Kon-Tiki. Most archaeologists, however, believe the original inhabitants were of Polynesian descent.
A key factor in where to stay is whether you're prepared to rent a car or do quite a lot of walking. There are a few good... read more
Compared to mainland Chile, Easter Island is expensive—almost everything has to be shipped or flown in—and you may... read more
Things To Do in Easter Island
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