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Easter Island Travel Guide

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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.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Astounding archaeology Whether it's the ubiquitous moai, the petroglyphs in the ancient village of Orongo, or the cave paintings, Easter Island is an open-air museum with a turbulent and mysterious past.
  2. Wonderful walking Easter Island's rolling hills, with the white-flecked ocean rarely out of sight, offer some glorious walking, especially along the north coast.
  3. Extraordinary diving Diving into the cobalt-blue waters is one of the most popular pastimes on Easter Island. Visibility is up to 120 feet, so you won't miss the bright tropical fish or the turtles. Coral formations like the Cavern of the Three Windows make for an unforgettable underwater experience.
  4. Souvenir shopping The locals have carved a living out of the stone and driftwood of Rapa Nui. Local handicrafts include miniature moai, elaborate bowls, eerie masks, and shell jewelry.

When To Go

When to Go

Most people visit in summer, between December and March. Many time their visit to coincide with Tapati Rapa Nui, a two-week celebration with music ...

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