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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