Look up Easter Island on Google Maps. Then zoom out, and zoom further out, and zoom yet further out. Still there's nothing but blue ocean to be seen. Easter Island (also called Rapa Nui) is one of the most remote places on earth. It may be administered as a special territory of Chile, but is in fact more than 3700km away from its capital. That is approximately the distance of Anchorage to Los Angeles. So even though you see the Chilean flag next to this article, no need to include Easter Island as part of your Chile itinerary.
Easter Island was settled by the Polynesian Rapa Nui people nearly 2,000 years ago. Their culture thrived (and eventually declined) and nowadays the most iconic evidence of that are the enormous stone statues, the Moai, they left behind. If you visit Easter Island touring these ominous statues, which are said to be the "living faces of deified ancestors" will definitely be on the menu.
But while it may be hard to imagine there are other things to do here, the island is also rich in caves, a great place to go diving or hiking (for instance to the Rano Kau volcano!), or to explore some other aspects of the native culture than the Moai, such as the famous Tapati Festival. And yes, there are beaches too. [Review by travelindicator]
- Easter Island is a region in Chile. It is situated at an altitude of 0ft and the best airport to fly into is IPC (Mataveri International, Easter Island)
- The currency used in Chile is the Chilean peso (CLP)
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