Easter Island is a charming and wonderful destination in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. This island is often referred to as the most isolated inhabited island in the world. This fascinating cultural story unfolds during a 4-day adventure trip in Chile to the magical and beautiful Easter Island.
Easter Island became an annex to Chile in 1888.
The official number of statues on the island is 887 and the island is a world heritage site. Much of the island is protected from development because it lies within the boundaries of the Rapa Nui National Park. There are very few indigenous indigenous islands left on the island due to disease and slave attacks that occurred in 1800, when European settlers first arrived on the island.
The name Easter Island comes from Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen, who discovered the island on Easter Sunday in 1722. In Spanish, its official name is Isla de Pascua translating Easter Island into English. The island’s Polynesian name is Rapa Nui or Rapa Besar. This name was named by the locals because of the islands which resemble the island of Rapa in the Bass Islands of the Southern Islands group.
No one is sure what the island’s real name is, as no members are still alive. Much speculation, however, has led to several hypotheses. Some think it’s Te pito or te henua, which means “navel of the earth” or “end of the earth” respectively. Considering the possible conditions of the first sailors to land on the island 1200 years ago, having been floating in the sea for who knows how long, this is most likely.
The large indigenous statues are called moais.
The fully intact statue sits on a large base called an ahu and has a wooden knot on its head. The island is a lush and green volcanic landscape with craters and mountains and lagoons surrounded in all directions by the vast and vast Pacific ocean.
There are tours to visit the island or you may wish to rent a car which will give you more freedom and mobility on the island. Touring the eastern part of the island will visit Ahu Tahai, which is a site with many large ahu which is a large base built to support the statues. You can also visit the nearby Hanga Roa, where you’ll see your first Easter Island Moai. Why and how were they built? Who are they built for? Seeing them in person and with a professional guide explaining the stories archaeologists have put together, stories unfold, and some questions, though not all are answered.
The full day tour will visit Ahu Vaihu, where eight statues lie on the ground. In Ahu Akahanga, there is another sad spot as you see more rows of fallen moai scattered across the floor.
These are just some of the exciting adventures that await you at the door of your Chile holiday to Easter Island. This holiday is definitely at stake. Don’t keep dedicating.