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Search for the meaning of ancient stone sculptures on this small island off Chile’s coast. When you’re not exploring history, enjoy splendid beaches.

Easter Island brings to mind history and mystery. See its giant moai, statues of elongated human-like figures carved from volcanic rock. They rest on stone platforms called ahus and some wear stone headdresses. Learn about the ancient people who created these pieces as well as the explorers who pondered over them centuries later.

The island has about 900 moai, many in and around the Rano Raraku Quarry, with lava from the Rano Raraku volcano. They range in size from about 3 feet (1 meter) to 70 feet (21 meters) tall. Ahu Tongariki has one of the most prestigious displays. As you gaze at these amazing statues, marvel at the primitive engineering that transported the heavy carvings more than 10 miles (16 kilometers) across the island. Archaeologists have determined how the islanders used ropes, logs and human energy to complete this work, but don’t know why. 

Explore distinct cultural developments over the last 1,200 years. The date is still debated but experts believe the Polynesians arrived in about A.D. 300 and developed moai starting about 700 A.D. but later destroyed many to build larger ones. After resource depletion and a fierce civil war, the local population dramatically declined. Europeans arrived on Easter Sunday 1722, giving the island its current name. Chile annexed the island, also known as Rapa Nui, in 1888 for sheep farming. Today tourism is the key industry.

Besides its historical significance, Easter Island offers very pleasant South Pacific beach vacation conditions. Travel to Anakena Beach on the northern shore to swim in azure waters the color of lapis lazuli gemstones, laze on the soft white sands under the shade of coconut palms or try bodysurfing. Gaze at the Ahu Nau Nau, with moai that are in exceptional condition after they were buried here in the sand for centuries.

Reach Easter Island by flying from Santiago, Chile, to Mataveri International Airport in the main city of Hanga Roa. Rent a four-wheel drive or use taxis to get around. Join a tour for best moai access and information.


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Taha Tai Hotel

Taha Tai Hotel

Apina Nui S/n, Hanga Roa
4.3
of 5, from 78 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Hanga Roa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Pea Beach, Mercado Artesanal Municipal, and Ahu Tahai. Museo Antropologico Sebastian Englert and Hanga Roa Anthropological Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

explora Rapa Nui - All Inclusive

explora Rapa Nui - All Inclusive

Te Miro Oone S/N, Hanga Roa
5.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Hanga Roa, this luxury resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Ahu Huri a Urenga, Vaihu, and Ahu Akahanga. Ahu Hanga Tetenga and Puna Pau are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$85
Chez Steve Residence Kyle Mio

Chez Steve Residence Kyle Mio

Tahai, Hanga Roa
4.5
of 5, from 2 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Hanga Roa, this hotel is close to Ahu Tahai, Ahu Vai Uri, and Ahu Kote Riku. Also nearby are Hanga Roa Anthropological Museum and Mercado Artesanal Municipal.

$840
Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa

Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa

Av Pont S/n, Hanga Roa
4.4
of 5, from 37 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the ocean, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pea Beach, Ana Kai Tangata, and Mercado Artesanal Municipal. Ahu Tahai and Ahu Vai Uri are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$155
Tupa Hotel

Tupa Hotel

Taniera Teave S/n, Hanga Roa
3.8
of 5, from 150 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pea Beach, Mercado Artesanal Municipal, and Ahu Tahai. Ana Kai Tangata and Ahu Vai Uri are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$178
EASTER ISLAND ECOLODGE

EASTER ISLAND ECOLODGE

Avareipua s/n, Hanga Roa
3.5
of 5, from 73 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Hanga Roa, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mercado Artesanal Municipal and Pea Beach. Ahu Tahai and Ahu Vai Uri are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$88
Te Ngahu Bungalows

Te Ngahu Bungalows

Policarpo Toro S/N, Hanga Roa
4.5
of 5, from 2 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this cabin is within a 15-minute walk of Pea Beach and Mercado Artesanal Municipal. Ahu Vai Uri and Ahu Tahai are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$130
Inaki Uhi

Inaki Uhi

Atamu Tekena S/n, Hanga Roa
4.2
of 5, from 74 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Hanga Roa, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Pea Beach and Mercado Artesanal Municipal. Ana Kai Tangata and Ahu Tahai are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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