Easter Island is full of hidden gems – let’s have some aspects of the area that really stand out!
Just 63 square miles in total, Easter Island is a tropical paradise in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. One of the most remote places still inhabited by a fixed population, its closest inhabited counterpoint on mainland is Chile, over 2000 miles away. Despite its remoteness, it draws thousands of visitors a year who are captivated by its fascinating history, beautiful beaches and the famous Moai Statues, scattered across the island.
The island is technically a ‘special territory’ of Chile, belonging to the Valparaiso Region. With a population of just 6,000, over half are descendants of the original inhabitants who settled almost 2,000 years ago! Today, the island is a fascinating blend of old and new, with much of the original culture preserved in one way or another. Interestingly, Easter Island is thus named because Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen discovered it on Easter Sunday in 1722!
Easter Island is near enough to the equator that temperatures are generally pleasant and temperate year-round. Summer falls between December and March with temperatures reaching 28 degrees Celecius or more. However, the island is also prone to rapid fluctuations and tropical downpours can occur at any time. With Winter temperatures closer to 15 degrees Celcius, this may be a better option if you’re looking to take advantage of the area’s many hiking and walking trails. Contact a Latin Routes Travel Specialist for more information about these.
The Moai Statues are the real highlight of this beautiful place. Shrouded in mystery and history in equal measure, there are over 800 of these statues dotted over the island. Each is a depiction of a giant head, carved in stone, representing a deified member of the original settlers’ ancestors. Facing away from the sea where the spirit world was believed to be, each stone was thought watch over and provide for the living members of the villages it faced.
Easter Island is also home to a number of stunning beaches, most of which are accessible from the main town, Hanga Roa. As the island is only 63 square miles, travel is not an issue and guided tours around the island are the norm. In addition, the island is a haven for hiking, walking and mountain biking, with some stunning scenery and incredible views.