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Pacific Islands

Chile’s offshore assets are as alluring as the mainland. Each year, thousands of tourists make the five-hour plane journey to Easter Island, now one of the most popular travel destinations for overseas visitors. Abandoned in the Pacific Ocean, thousands of miles from the mainland, it is famous for its Moai sculptures and ancient cultural celebrations.

The Juan Fernandez Islands were used as the basis for Robinson Crusoe—Daniel Defoe’s classic novel. However, tourism has never really taken off here, despite the fact that it is much closer to the mainland than Easter Island. However, the Islands are beautiful and well worth the effort—the road less traveled doesn’t get much more remote then this.









12 Jul 2010

Exploring the Pacific Islands

Kari Kari

122186The folkloric traditional ballet, Kari Kari, is the pride of Easter Island. This spectacular dance is guaranteed to bring out the Polynesian in you, as the dancers twirl and stomp in their grass ...
Entertainment
Hanga Roa, Chile

Moais Petroglyphs and Caves

133304Around 95 percent of the Moai statues found on the island are crafted from the volcanic rock around Rano Raraku. In the crater is a beautiful lake which was formed by volcanic activity on the slopes ...
Other Activity
Chile

Rapa Nui National Park

133027Once you take a step outside the boundaries of Hanga Roa you are in the national park, since Rapa Nui is a World Heritage site. There are nearly no services in the park, no hotels, no restaurants, ...
City Park
Chile

Museum Sebastián Englert

This fascinating museum is partially the work of Father Sebastián Englert. He spent 30 years on the island from 1935 onward collecting artifacts. When he died in 1969 his collection became the ...
Museum
Hanga Roa, Chile

Bicycling Rapa Nui

Cycling is an excellent way to discover the island. Bikes can be rented at numerous outlets along Av. Atamu Tekena. Make Make (Av. Atamu Tekena, www.makemakerapanui.com, open 9am – 1pm and 4 pm ...
Bicycling
Chile

Hiking around Rapa Nui

Rapa Nui offers a number of interesting day hikes. There are three main routes out of Hanga Roa, all easy to find, taking you to different parts of the island. To hike independently, pick up a ...
Hiking
Chile

Horseback riding

All hiking routes can also be accessed on horseback. Highly recommended are Cabalgatas Pantu (Located in Hotel Pikera Uri, Tel: 56-32-2100577, URL: www.rapanuitourismopantu.cl). They cater to groups ...
Horseback Riding
Chile

Iglesia Hanga Roa

The island's Catholic Church overlooks Hanga Roa from a small hill on the northern side of town. Inside, intricate wood carvings combine Rapa Nui culture and Christian traditions. There's also a ...
Historical Building
Hanga Roa, Chile

Cementerio

Often overlooked, the cemetery is definitely worth visiting during a coastal wander. Islanders believed in death the soul is returned to the ocean. Accordingly, graves face inland, so that grieving ...
Monument
Hanga Roa, Chile

Surfing on Easter Island

If you fancy donning your wetsuit and hitting the surf, Make Make is the best option. Two hour lessons start at $60, while experts can hire boards for $30-40 per half day with or without wetsuit. ...
Surfing
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