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Easter Island (Rapa Nui)

Easter Island holidays


Easter Island - known as Rapa Nui to the Polynesian people who live there - is a long way from the Chilean mainland. Some 3,790 kilometres to be precise. So it's not surprising that this remote outpost in the Pacific Ocean, just south of the Tropic of Capricorn, is unlike any other part of the country.

Huge moai statues, stone figures up to 10 metres high, are the iconic landmarks of Easter Island. There are around 600 moai, which represent the tribal ancestors of the Rapa Nui people. Most were carved at the Rano Raraku quarry and transported on wooden rollers. However, when the island's natural resources began to run out in the 16th and 17th centuries, warfare erupted between tribes and many of the moai were destroyed or toppled over - the deified ancestors being seen to have failed their descendants. Today, many of the moai have now been restored and seeing them is a major Easter Island travel highlight.

Rapu Nui culture has been passed down to the present day islanders, in song, dance, art and rituals. An Easter Island tour provides the chance to witness the Polynesian customs at first hand and to learn about the tribal history of the island. The main town, Hanga Roa, and the Rapa Nui National Park, which comprises roughly half the island, are two of the best places to experience traditional island life.


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Top itineraries in Easter Island (Rapa Nui)

Ahu Tongariki, Easter Island, Chile

Luxury Atacama & Easter Island with explora Hotels

12-day tailor-made holiday from £6,780 pp incl. flights

Chile is a destination made for adventure. And, you’ll take in the best of it on this luxury itinerary, which pairs full inclusive stays at two explora hotels – one set amid the austere beauty of the Atacama and the other in faraway Easter Island.

Top places to stay in Easter Island (Rapa Nui)

explora Rapa Nui

explora Rapa Nui, Easter Island

Designer lodge

Enjoy everything from spa treatments and Jacuzzi soaks to guided island jaunts at this luxury lodge, perched above the Pacific Ocean on remote Rapa Nui.

Hare Noi, Hanga Roa

Hare Noi, Easter Island

Contemporary lodge

As the newest accommodation in remote Easter Island (Rapa Nui) this boutique designer lodge, with its spa and excellent restaurant, goes all out to impress.

When to go to Easter Island (Rapa Nui)

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Easter Island experiences its best weather during summer (October to April) but expect rainfall at any time of the year.

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explora properties offer some of the most luxurious accommodation in South America's most spectacular settings. Expect open bars, full-board fine dining and included excursions that range from archaeological hikes in Peru to bike rides in Patagonia.

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