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Holidays to Easter Island

This tiny island of 63 square miles is 2200 miles from the Chilean coast, but what brings thousands of tourists here are the moai. These 900 monumental statues were carved, somehow transported and erected between the 10th and 16th centuries. They average 4 metres tall and 14 tons in weight with the largest at 75 tons!
 
The island is called Rapa Nui locally and 60% of the 6000 inhabitants are descendants of the original Polynesian settlers. This mysterious place was named after Easter Sunday, when the first European landed here in 1722 and it was annexed by Chile in 1888. The Parque National Rapa Nui covers most of the island and although it is small and one of the most isolated places on earth, accommodation and activities abound.
 
A highlight of a trip to Easter Island is Rano Raraku Volcano, known as the Nursery because it here that the hard tuff (compressed volcanic ash) was quarried for the statues. 400 statues still remain in the quarry in a fascinating range of preparation. The all-round view from the summit is stunning.
 
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Also in the northeast, at Ahu Tongariki, 15 statues stand in an imposing line, forming the largest ahu, or shrine, on the island. White-sand beaches are plentiful, with a glorious example at Anakena and in the southwest. You can visit the ceremonial village of Orongo, which teeters 400 metres up on the edge of a vertical drop to the sea. At Ana Kai a huge carved cave houses exquisite rock paintings, although access is unfortunately restricted because of dangerous falling rocks.
 
Holidays to Easter Island usually centre on the only town, Hanga Roa, where hotels range from 5-star to B&Bs. Shops, services and the many trips and excursions are also based here. This eerily beautiful island is perfect for eco-tourism. You can walk, hire a car or motor bike or mountain bike, horse-ride or kick-back and enjoy the beaches and clear, pristine sea with superb diving, snorkelling and surfing.
 
Atacama + Easter Island + Valparaiso
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Combine a visit to Chile with remote Easter Island in the Pacific, where you can marvel at nearly 900 ancient gigantic Moai statues. Also explore Santiago & the spectacular Atacama Desert with its shimmering salt flats, geysers & moon landscapes. Complete your holiday relaxing at the histopric port city of Valparaiso. English speaking guides, all transfers & specified sighseeing included.
Easter Island Photo Moai Statues Chile Atacama Santiago Valparaiso
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Santiago
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Atacama Desert
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Salt Flats
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Moon Valley
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El Tatio Geysers
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Easter Island
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Moai Statues
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Rapa Nui National Park
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Bird Man Cult
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Valparaiso
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Santiago
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Atacama Desert
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Salt Flats
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Moon Valley
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El Tatio Geysers
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Easter Island
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Moai Statues
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Rapa Nui National Park
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Bird Man Cult
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Valparaiso
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