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Easter Island

Why visit Easter Island?

​First and foremost, obviously, the prime motivator for visiting Easter Island is the famous ‘moai'. These large, elegant statues were carved out of volcanic stone between the 13th and 16th centuries by the Polynesian original inhabitants of this small island, which lies over 2,200 miles west of Chile. There are 887 of these mysterious figures, averaging around 14' in height, but some as much as 70' tall. The island has a bleak, tree-less, volcanic beauty, with endless views of the South Pacific ocean (the nearest neighbouring island is 1,100 miles away). This is a wonderful place to stay in an eco-lodge, snorkel or scuba dive in the marine life-rich waters, hike, horseride or bike through a remarkable landscape and enjoy the freshest of seafood.
Reasons to visit Easter Island include:

  • The Moai. 400 are to be found in Rona Raraku alone, where 15 are gathered together rat the Ahu Tonganiki, one of the most significant sites on the island. 
  • Kayak on Rano Kau, a 2.5million year-old volcanic crater now a freshwater lagoon. 
  • Explore the ruined ceremonial village of Orongo, with its 53 flat stone houses and rocks decorated with petroglyphs. 
  • Take a boat tour round the island and get a different view of this very special place. 
  • Enjoy the restaurants, bars and craft shops of the island’s only town, Hanga Roa. 
  • Learn about the culture and history of island at the Father Sebastian Englert Anthropological Museum in Hanga Roa. 
  • Watch out for green sea turtles as you snorkel or scuba dive in the crystal-clear water off the coast. 

When to go to Easter Island

Easter Island has a subtropical climate, is at its hottest in January and February and coolest in July and August. You can expect tropical rains at any time of year, but particularly in May.

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Time: GMT -4 hours

Flight time:

There are direct flights from London Heathrow to Santiago, which operate 4 times a week and take 14 hours 40 minutes. The Chilean airline, LATAM, flies via Madrid.

Language: The official language is Spanish. but other local languages are also spoken. English is spoken quite widely.

Visas:

Visas are not currently required for British passport holders staying for up to 90 days, who are issued with a ‘Tarjeta de Turismo-Tourist Card’ on arrival. You must retain this and present it to immigration on departure.

Health:

Generally none is compulsory but we recommend the following: hepatitis A and B, typhoid, diphtheria, meningitis, tetanus, rabies and polio. There is no malaria in Chile. A yellow fever certificate is required if you are coming from an infected area.

 

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