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Easter IslandChile

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.

Top Hotels in Easter Island

Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa
Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa
5 out of 5
Av Pont S/n, Hanga Roa, Easter Island
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Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pea Beach, Ana Kai Tangata, and Mercado Artesanal Municipal. Ahu Vai Uri and Ahu Kote Riku ...

4.3/5Excellent! (91 reviews)

"The hotel setting, attention, rooms, sunset, all are fabulous."…"

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2019

Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa
explora Rapa Nui - All Inclusive
explora Rapa Nui - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Te Miro Oone S/N, Hanga Roa, Easter Island
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Situated in the suburbs, this all-inclusive property is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Vaihu and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Ahu Akahanga. Terevaka and Puna Pau are also within ...

5/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)

"The fact that every detail is taken in consideration and that the staff is super helpful and friendly made this place even more special. The rooms, the view, the common areas are beautiful and the food prepared was delicious. The explorations are well planned and the guides did know their material. ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2020

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Hotel Hare Uta
Hotel Hare Uta
4 out of 5
Av. Hotu Matua S/N, Hanga Roa, Easter Island
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Situated near the airport, this spa resort is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Terevaka and within 6 mi (10 km) of Rapa Nui National Park and Puna Pau. Anakena Beach and Ovahe ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (90 reviews)

"Beautiful setting. Pool is welcoming oasis. Restaurant is good, expanded menu would make it better."…"

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2020

Hotel Hare Uta
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Vacation Rentals in Easter Island

Te Ngahu Bungalows
Te Ngahu Bungalows
3 out of 5
Policarpo Toro S/N, Hanga Roa
The price is $98 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

Situated in Hanga Roa, this beach cabin is within a 15-minute walk of Pea Beach and Mercado Artesanal Municipal. Ahu Vai Uri and Ahu Kote Riku are also within ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (28 reviews)
Nice bungalows in an excellent location

"The location is excellent, close to the main street with banks, supermarkets and tour operators, as well as the oceanside restaurants and bars (right next door to our favourite coffee and breakfast place "Polynesia Coffee and Tea"), but still very quiet at night and in the morning. The room got rather ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2020

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Cabañas Anavai Rapa Nui
Cabañas Anavai Rapa Nui
3 out of 5
Policarpo Toro S/N, Sector Tahai, Hanga Roa, Valparaiso

Situated in Hanga Roa, this beach cabin is within a 10-minute walk of Pea Beach and Mercado Artesanal Municipal. Ahu Vai Uri and Ahu Kote Riku are also within ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)

"Amazing place"…"

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2019

Cabañas Anavai Rapa Nui
Cabañas Makupuna
Cabañas Makupuna
3 out of 5
Mataveri, Hanga Roa, Región de Valparaíso
The price is $80 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

Situated by the sea, this spa cabin is within 2 mi (3 km) of Ana Kai Tangata, Pea Beach, and Mercado Artesanal Municipal. Ranu Kau and Ahu Vai Uri are also within ...

4/5Very Good! (1 review)
Great Budget Stay!!!

"Tatiana goes above and beyond to make sure your stay is great! There is no internet currently and only a communal television and kitchen. Although a no frills accommodation, Cabañas Makupuna makes up for it in quiet, peace, and tranquility. I most definitely would stay here again!!!!!"…"

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2019

Cabañas Makupuna
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