A tiny speck of volcanic rock in the middle of the Pacific and a five hour flight from the Chilean mainland, Easter Island has, for centuries, fascinated travellers and scholars alike. This is due to the squat bodies and brooding faces of hundreds of stone statues or ‘moai’ that gaze from all corners of the island.
A trip to this intriguing destination means coming face to face with these moai, admiring their sculpture and size and pondering the mysteries of why they were erected, how they got to be standing on their platforms on this island, and who put them there.
Due to the size of Easter Island (approximately 16 miles along its longest coast) the main sites are easily accessible from Hanga Roa, the main town. However, this is one place where you really do want a guide to talk you through the history and legends associated with the island. These include Von Danicke's space man theory as well as the concept that they were fired into place by volcanic gas! It seems that most were carved between 1500-1700 AD before a new 'birdman' religion became dominant and production stopped and those moai in place were nearly all destroyed.
Today Easter Island is a fascinating place to visit where you can spend time piecing together the history of the moai and let your imagination run riot. Aside from the moai there are three volcanoes to climb and a beach at Anakena. However please do bear in mind that while this is, in many respects, a Polynesian island, it is not a beach destination, the currents are strong and the waters cold.
Suggested itineraries featuring Easter Island
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Our expert guides to exploring Easter Island
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