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A Mysterious Land Of Raw Beauty

Easter Island is one of those places that feels like a parallel reality to ours. Located 3700km to the east of Chile, this tiny speck of land may be hard to get to, but it is definitely worth the effort.

It is one of the most isolated places in the world and absolutely incredible to discover. Your holiday to Easter Island will take you on a completely new journey through beautiful nature, surprising secrets and remarkable history.

Easter Island's heritage begins 1600 years ago when some incredibly brave people discovered the island in their wooden outrigger canoes. These people were actually a group of Polynesians, that would cross the vast stretches of open sea, navigating by the evening stars and the day's ocean swells. This uninhabited island quickly became their new home, Rapa Nui also known in Spanish as Isla de Pascua.

On Sunday, April 5th, 1722, the Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen was sailing the South Pacific when he discovered the island. It so happened that in that year it was Easter day on the Christian calendar and so since then, this beautiful land became what we still call today - Easter Island.

But the mystery of Easter Island doesn't rely solely on the arrival of this group of Polynesians, it is also carved in their ways and customs, as well as their unfortunate decline.

The famous and imposing Rapa Nui & Moai statues are everywhere on the island but they hide many more secrets than the ones revealed at first sight. These monolithic statues stand between 4 metres and 13 metres tall. It’s believed that these are a total of 900 on the island and that they were built as a representation of the ancestors of the people. This has been explained by the fact that the Moai are almost always facing inland (or towards a community), rather than out to sea, suggesting they were looking after the people.

In May 2012, something incredible happened when archaeologists on Easter Island surprised everyone with a new discovery. The 150 giant heads statues literally buried a secret, their buried up bodies were flying all over the Internet and people understood the incredible phenomenon that occurred here – the giant heads had bodies that had been gradually buried up by 500-plus years of erosion.

To this day, no one is quite sure why the Rapa Nui civilization collapsed, it may be many more years before Easter Island's mysteries are fully resolved. While we wait, there's one thing that everyone can agree on when it comes to this Pacific Ocean surprise - Easter Island is one of those places to dream of and dream in, anytime.


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On this 16-day trip, you will immerse yourself in the enigma and mysteries of Easter Island, where you will come face to face with the Moai statues, and the enriching history of the Rapa Nui people who call it their home.

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