EASTER ISLAND
LENGTH OF ISLAND15.3 MILES
TALLEST PEAKTEREVAKA
STATUES REPRESENTHEADS OF FAMILIES
Also known as Rapa Nui, this remote destination is as mysterious as it is historic. The beaches are windswept and exotic, the eco travel vibe here is prominent, and the aura of ancient mysticism is almost palpable.
What is Easter Island most famous for…Of course, it would be the moai: Polynesian statues made from compressed volcanic ash or tuff between 1200 and 1700 AD by the Polynesian inhabitants. The island itself is considered one of the world’s most isolated places on the planet.
  • MOAI

    To date, there have been almost 900 of the amazing statues identified. It is believed that they were carved exclusively out of stone chisels. They range in size, with the largest recorded at about 32 ft long. Researchers are still not certain why so few were actually installed with the rest apparently in varying stages of transport. They consist primarily of large heads on torsos though there are some in a kneeling position.

  • RANO RARAKU

    Believed to have been the main site from which the tuff for the moai was quarried, this volcanic crater also contains a crater lake. Still standing within this crater are a number of moai in different stages of completion.

  • ORONGO

    A ceremonial village, Orongo is located at the southern tip of Easter Island. It is situated on the edge of a crater wall and thus the views from the entire village are astounding. There are several stone and mud houses built into the slope. At one time, Orongo was known for its birdman cult: marked by an annual race for a special egg during which those competing often fell to their deaths.

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