Getting to Easter Island, a speck in the middle of the Pacific Ocean requires determination. It’s the farthest island from any populated land on the planet—the most remote inhabited island in the world. And that’s a large part of the attraction.
|View the famous Ahu Tongariki, 12 ancient stone sculptures called moai.|
Also called Rapa Nui, Easter Island is a five-hour airplane ride from Santiago, Chile. But once there, you’ll find plenty to do and like about the island. Plan on staying 3-5 nights.
Here are six reasons to put this tiny, remote island on your bucket list:
· See Ahu Tongariki, the largest
ceremonial structure on the island, with 15 moai (ancient stone sculptures) still
standing on the original platform. At least 288 of these moai once circled the
island in an almost unbroken line. Nearly all are carved from volcanic ash and
are believed to represent ancestors of the original inhabitants.
Look down into Rano Kau volcano, site of ceremonial festivals.
Sunbathe at a sandy beach in the shadow
of one of the finest cultural sites on the island. Ahu Nau Nau, which overlooks
the Pacific Ocean from a small hill, features moai that had been buried under
sand and are remarkably well preserved as a result.
Despite a very rough shoreline, there are a few beaches for catching sun rays. Marvel at scattered moais in various stages of completion--
and wonder how ancient peoples moved
these massive structures around the island.
Beverly exits a previously unexplored cave with our guide.
In addition to hikes, we explored caves, sipped champagne while watching waves crash on the rugged coastline, dined on fabulous meals, relaxed at the pool, and ventured into the town of Hanga Roa to see ancient artifacts in the museum and attend a show featuring native dancers.
If you travel anywhere near Chile, consider adding Easter Island to your journey. Especially in Covid times, this fascinating destination is perfect for exploring outside at safe distances.
Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier