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:
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.
An attractive hotel in large gardens by the coast, with spacious accommodation and a restaurant with panoramic ocean views.
Spend days out hiking, cycling and exploring by boat as you revel in the scenery, history and culture of Easter Island, returning to the creature comforts of your hotel.
Disconnect form it all with a luxurious stay on fascinating Easter Island.
Experience Rapa Nui hospitality at this small hotel in Hanga Roa, combining island exploration with peaceful relaxation.
Time: GMT -4 hours
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 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.
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.