Moais

Moais

Few areas in the world have a more mystical attraction than this small speck of land, one of the most isolated places on Earth. It is difficult to feel connected to Chile, more than 3700 km to the east, much less to the world in general. Endowed with the most challenging statues of logic on the planet, the surprisingly familiar moai, Easter Island (Rapa Nui for its native Polynesian inhabitants) emanates a magnetic and mysterious environment.

But Easter Island is much more than an open-air museum. Diving, snorkeling and surfing are fabulous. On land, there is no better ecological way to experience the wild beauty of the island than on foot, from a saddle by bicycle or on horseback. But if all you want to do is recharge the batteries, a couple of magnificent extensions of white sand await you.

Although Easter Island is world famous and visitors are on the rise, everything is still small and pleasant: everything is about ecotravel.

Come and discover with us the natural, cultural and adventure wonders that Easter Island it has for you.

Contact us and get to know Chile with us.

Take advantage of our experience and do not miss this 2019-2020 season

 

Few areas in the world possess a more mystical pull than this tiny speck of land, one of the most isolated places on Earth. It’s hard to feel connected to Chile, over 3700km to the east, let alone the wider world. Endowed with the most logic-defying statues on the planet – the strikingly familiar moai – Easter Island (Rapa Nui to its native Polynesian inhabitants) emanates a magnetic, mysterious vibe.

But Easter Island is much more than an open-air museum. Diving, snorkeling and surfing are fabulous. On land, there is no better ecological way to experience the wild beauty of the island than on foot, from a saddle by bicycle or on horseback. But if all you want to do is recharge the batteries, a couple of magnificent extensions of white sand await you.

Although Easter Island is world famous and visitors are on the rise, everything is still small and pleasant: everything is about ecotravel.

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Come and discover with us the natural, cultural and adventure wonders that this territory has for you.

Contact us and get to know Chile with us.

Take advantage of our experience and do not miss this 2019-2020 season

The huge stone figures of Easter Island have deceived explorers, researchers and the world in general for centuries, but now experts say they have discovered one of the greatest mysteries: why statues are where they are.

Researchers say they have analyzed the locations of the megalithic platforms, or, in which many of the statues are known as moai sit, as well as the scrutiny sites of the island’s resources, and have discovered that the structures are typically found near fresh water sources. Water .

They say that the finding supports the idea that aspects of the construction of platforms and statues, such as their size, could be linked to the abundance and quality of such supplies.

“The important thing about this is that it shows that the locations of the statues in themselves are not a strange ritual place – [the ahu and the moai] represent the ritual in the sense that they have a symbolic meaning, but are integrated into the lives from the community., “said Professor Carl Lipo of Binghamton University in New York, who co-authored the research.

Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, has more than 300 megalithic platforms, each of which could have been created by a separate community. It is believed that the first of these was built in the 13th century, and many were found around the coast.

It is believed that the monuments represented the ancestors and were linked to ritual activity, forming a focal point for the communities, but the reason for their location was previously a mystery. While studies have suggested that the sites may have been chosen because of a link to key resources, the team says the most recent research is the first attempt to analyze such claims.

The team focused on the east of the island, where several resources have been mapped, and observed the distribution of 93 megalithic platforms built before European sailors appeared in the 18th century.

After not finding any link with the proximity of the rock used for tools or for the monuments, they observed if the ahu were close to other important resources: gardens with stones in which crops such as sweet potato were cultivated, fishing-related sites and sources. of fresh water.

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Visit Easter Island and discover its Moais!

In the middle of the Pacific Ocean there is an island full of myths and legends that was known for many years as Easter Island, as the Dutch navigator Jakob Roggeyen arrived on the island on Easter Day. However, today we call it Rapa Nui, in memory of the culture that gave life and name to this wonderful land. Travel to Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and discover its secrets!

Easter Island is famous for its 887 extant monumental statues, called moai, created by the early Rapa Nui people. In 1995, UNESCO named Easter Island a World Heritage Site, with much of the island protected within Rapa Nui National Park.

The Rapanui people came to this island led by King Hotu Matuá in the second millennium BC. They all came from Polynesia and found this island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, full of vegetation and native forests. Its waters are characterized by its visibility that exceeds 60 meters deep, something that has remained to this day and has become a point for fans of diving.

Travel to Rapa Nui (Easter Island) in a responsible and safe way

Did you know that many of the waste in the sea reaches Rapa Nui? We have to take care of our environment and travel responsibly.

If you are an adventurous tourist and you are planning a trip to Rapa Nui, do it in advance taking into account the new Law on Residence and Permanence in Rapa Nui. It is important to mention that Rapa Nui is a territory that deserves special care because of its cultural, archaeological and historical richness.

If you need accommodation, we recommend services that are registered in the National Service of Providers of Tourist Services in the page of the National Service of Tourism so that your trip is responsible and safe.

Fiesta Tapati, the best of your trip to Rapa Nui (Easter Island)

Tapati Rapa Nui is the largest and most important cultural festival on the island, which is celebrated every year in the month of February. The main attraction of the festival are its sports competitions, which aim to recreate ancestral activities in different parts of the island. You will also find music and typical dances of Rapa Nui (Easter Island).

This party lasts about 2 weeks and began more than 40 years ago only with the participation of the locals. However, this has been changing and nowadays tourists are included as part of the celebration.

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This packaged program includes four days in Easter Island with the following tours: Archeology Tour at Hanga Roa, Discover The Moais at Rapa Nui, and Manutara & Topknots The Fallen Giants of Rapa Nui; also, two days for optional tours in Central Chile, and all airport / hotel transfers.