Rapa Nui, better known as Easter Island, is one of the most remote inhabited places in the world. Chilean by nationality and Polynesian by culture, this island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean is the center of Polynesian culture and breathtaking scenery.
There are a few ancient mysteries as fascinating as the one surrounding one of Chile’s biggest tourist attractions, making it perfect for travelers who want experience something mystical, at the same time enjoying the local culture, stunning natural beauty, and scenic views.
Much of the land is protected within Rapa Nui National Park and the island was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. There is so much to discover with its abundance of culture and its wealth of outdoor pursuits, guaranteeing that you will have an unforgettable stay. So here are some reasons to visit this isolated island at least once in your life.
Moai Stone Statues
The monolithic stone statues known as Maoi are probably what Easter Island is most famous for. It is believed that they were carved from volcanic tuff by the Rapa Nui people sometime between 1400 and 1650 AD, representing the faces of their ancestors. These huge-headed statues, carved from a single stone are scattered all around the island and each Maoi is different. They are possibly the main reason people visit and you can go on guided tours all around the island to see these ancient statues up-close. To learn more, you can visit llovechile.cl.
Breathtaking Natural Scenery
A large portion of the island is a designated national park because of its rich and unique natural beauty. Extinct volcanoes, hidden bays, rugged cliffs along the coastline, and lava tunnels and caves are all that makes Easter Island one of the most scenic places on Earth.
You can venture through the tunnels and caves by climbing down through a collapsed ceiling where you can see ancient paintings, rock carvings, and lava stalactites. If you enjoy hiking, you can take a guided tour to some of the island’s most remote places. A lot of the areas are only accessible on foot, so it is a great opportunity to see many archaeological sites while walking midst a scenic landscape.
Rano Raraku and Rano Kau volcanoes are a must-see during your visit. Rano Raraku volcano is surrounded by about 400 partially finished Moai, making it quite a mesmerizing sight to see. Rano Kau is the biggest crater on the island and gives an amazing view of Hanga-Rao – the only town on the island – and the Pacific Ocean.
The island’s main beach provides white, powdery sand and sparkling turquoise water and it is a perfect place to go swimming, surfing, snorkeling, or if you just want to soak in the sun. The water remains at an ideal bathing temperature throughout the year, so you can enjoy water activities anytime you visit.
Food and Culture
It doesn’t come as a surprise that seafood and fish are the main ingredients in Easter Island’s cuisine, but it isn’t just a staple, it’s outstanding as well. Umu Rapa Nui is the island’s most famous dish, so make sure to try it to get an authentic taste of the island’s cuisine.
The culture has a strong focus on music. Singing in choirs or chanting is usually accompanied by various dances, and the Rapa Nui culture even has a number of its own musical instruments. If you visit the island during the annual Tapati festival, you will have a chance to witness incredible and one-of-a-kind examples of the Rapa Nui culture.
A trip to Easter Island will surely be an unforgettable experience. With its perfect mix of Chilean-Polynesian culture, natural beauty, and sacred historical sites you are ensured to have a unique experience and a wonderful time. It is a special place that won’t leave you disappointed, so definitely consider making Easter Island your next destination.