Your Ultimate Easter Island Travel Guide

Chile was named in numerous bucket lists of places to travel in 2018. This year the country will mark its 200th year anniversary as an independent country. Travelers can experience the bustling capital of Santiago, the vast dessert that is Atacama and the contrasting geography of snow-capped mountains and alpine fjords in Patagonia. In addition to those, visitors also have the opportunity to travel to Easter Island; a remote Polynesian island whose iconic stone carvings have become a symbol of the country. Easter Island travel is more accessible than ever, thanks to daily flights from Santiago.

Easter Island Travel Guide

How Many Days Should You Stay

Rapa Nui National Park. Easter Island Travel
Rapa Nui National Park

The island itself is not large; only 64 square miles. Rapa Nui National Park, a designated UNESCO World Heritage site, makes up half of the island. Most touring companies suggest anywhere from 3-5 days to truly enjoy the sights and appreciate the beauty and cultural history of this secluded island. Most accommodations are in Hanga Roa and they vary from backpacker’s guesthouses to properties akin to bed and breakfasts.

When Should You Go

Since tourism is the island’s main source of income, tourism is open year round. Climate on Easter Island doesn’t vary as much but if you plan on traveling during the southern hemisphere’s winter season; make sure to bring a raincoat and a sweater for colder nights.

What to Do While There

Easter Island Travel guide, Anakena Beach
Anakena Beach

Your Easter Island travel is a nature lover’s paradise. Surrounded by the deep blue Pacific Ocean, you can swim, snorkel or dive. There are also two white sand beaches on the island: Anakena located on the northern end, where most locals can be found surfing; and the more remote Ovahe on the western end. Getting there can be a bit of a trek though, but the views are most certainly worth it. Hiking and trekking are also popular daytime activities especially since some parts of the island are inaccessible by car.

Easter Island Travel guide, Sunken Moai
Sunken Moai

It goes without saying that the main attraction when visiting and staying on Easter Island are the Moai statues scattered around the island. Some 900 of them remain on the island; with the majority located in or near the volcanic craters of Rano Kau and Rano Raraku. It is highly recommended that you hire a tour guide that will take you around the national park. Not only will they be able to provide you with a more extensive history of the Moai; you will also get tidbits of information that only the locals will know about.

NOTE: These statues are revered and also protected by law. Touching or even attempting to get close to them is forbidden.

About Iris A

Website: http://www.travelingwithiris.com

Born in the Philippines, but grew up in Texas, Iris has been traveling and writing about her experiences for well over a decade. Her work has been published on well-known travel sites like Hipmunk (#hipmunkcitylove) and D Magazine Online Travel Club. She has been all over Europe, the US, and has recently started exploring Latin America. She loves trying local cuisine and visiting UNESCO deemed World Heritage sites. Her favourite city is New York, with London, following a close 2nd. You can follow her on Twitter @sundeeiris or through her travel blog, Traveling With Iris.

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