Easter Island is so far from any mainland that it almost seems out of touch with the rest of the world. And, in fact, it is. Born from three volcanoes, surrounded by some of the clearest seas in the world (but a rugged, unfriendly coastline), and home to an enigmatic ancestral culture, Easter Island is unique (I don't use that word lightly) in so many ways.
|Hike to a volcanic crater on Easter Island |
overlooking the Pacific Ocean
|Moais on Easter Island at the rock quarry |
where most were originally constructed.
Getting thereTo begin with, it takes a sense of adventure to put Easter Island on an itinerary, considering the trip requires a five-hour flight from Santiago, Chile (plane only goes once or twice daily) to get there. Of course, that’s part of the allure.
|The architecture of explora Rapa Nui follows the|
curving "boathouse" design of ancient settlers
|Rooms are beautiful and comfortable with exquisite views.|
Located eight kilometers from the main town of Hanga Roa, explora is situated in a tranquil spot by the ocean and surrounded by eucalyptus trees, perfect for in-depth exploration of this mysterious island. It’s an all-inclusive resort built in 2007 that provides everything a traveler needs—sumptuous dining, all excursions, drinks and snacks, water bottles and walking sticks, luxurious swimming pool and hot tub, and spacious, beautifully appointed rooms.
|Room décor utilizes bright colors and sustainable materials.|
|A negative edge pool, hot tub, and spa provide soothing relaxation.|
A large in-room whirlpool tub helped soothe away any aches and pains from our hiking excursions. Lounging on the cushioned window seat while gazing at the Pacific Ocean was a favorite activity when we had a moment to rest. There’s no television or Wi-Fi in the rooms (available in common areas), since the idea is to disconnect from usual routines and obligations.
|Common spaces are great for gathering before dinner and visiting|
with other guests to talk about the day's activities.
Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier