Rapa Nui (Easter Island or Isla de Pascua in Spanish) is one of those places you come to be entrenched in mystery, simplicity and kindness.
When you first arrive, chances are you’ll be serenaded by local music and leis.
Accommodation: Hostal Marari
We were greeted at the airport by our friendly host Maria and drove 20 meters before reaching the hostal. We consumed a delicious complimentary serving of ceviche and a guava smoothie.
I highly recommend getting a rental car to explore this small island, just to have some more freedom and the ability to go a little further off-the-beaten-path.
Then check out these 6 Highlights of Easter Island:
1. Coastal Moai
Explore the coastal Moai (famous statues of heads) by foot. You’ll see one after another, all of various shapes, sizes and styles, and each more ambiguous than the next.
2. Rano Raraku
Rano Raraku on the East corner of the Island, which flaunts a volcanic crater lake and houses countless Moai. There you can see the quarry and the tools that were used to carve the giant figures.
You get to Rano Kau (a stunningly unique crater lake) via a scenic coastal with several stops for photo opportunities with more Moai.
3. Anakena Beach
Anakena is a quaint white coral sand beach, housing a few Maoi and petroglyphs. It’s unique since most of the coastlines are rocky.
Wander through the ruins of the ritualistic city Orongo. The ruins overlooked Rano Kau a lake surrounded by solidified lava and an opening that looks like a giant took a bite out of it, exposing an epic view of the turquoise ocean.
5. Ma′unga Terevaka
Ma′unga Terevaka is the largest, tallest and youngest of the three volcanoes that form Easter Island. It’s about a 3-hour hike to the top, which takes you to the highest point on the island. The size of the island will all be put into perspective at the top with unforgettable panoramic views. Beware of strong winds.
6. Secret Caves
Ask the locals about what the island hides under the surface. During my visit we managed to find a local to guide us through several “secret” caves. The best cave ended with two different openings on a cliff with a steep drop off into the ocean.
Don’t forget to check out the movie Rapa Nui, directed by Kevin Costner about the ancient civilization’s demise.
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