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Easter Island

Abandoned in the Pacific Ocean, thousands of miles from the Chilean mainland, is Easter Island, famous for its wondrous Moai sculptures and ancient cultural celebrations. It was so called because the first European expedition to set foot there, led by Dutchman Roggeveen, sighted the island on Easter Sunday of 1722. Rapa Nui, its name in the local tongue, means belly button of the world.

The world-famous enigmatic sculptures, the moai, are what most people visit the island to see, and they never fail to disappoint. The volcano that is their birthplace, the quarry and all of the sacred sites will keep you in awe. At some sites some Moai have been toppled during ancient disputes between clans. On the Moai Mountain you’ll see sleeping, sprouting Moai as they were first carved horizontally and then hoisted into an upright position so their back could be carved. For good reason, there are strict laws against messing with a Moai, it’s forbidden to stand on the plinths they stand on.

But before you even get to the famous statues, you will be greeted with a mix of Polynesian-style floral garlands and Chilean chaos, at the airport, which is one of the most poorly organized in Chile. If you book a hotel before you depart, though, request to be picked up in the terminal building.

Armed with four days and a well-planned itinerary, you will see most of the island, though you’ll want to stay longer to take advantage of all the hiking, biking, diving or surfing opportunities.

There are many hotels and places to stay on the island, but those looking for a quiet retreat would do well to choose a hotel away from the center of the capital city, Hanga Roa, where the noisy nightclubs can make for a sleepless night!






Top hotels in Easter Island

Residencial Miru

Located 5 minutes from the town center, the quiet Residencial Miru offers simple, tidy single and double rooms, all with comfy beds and private bathroom. There is a common room as well as a kitchen ...
Hotel
Hanga Roa, Chile

Hotel Orongo

Quite simply the best mid-range accommodation on the island. All eight rooms, single and double, are large with nice wood furniture. Private bathrooms are modern, while the central garden, although a ...
Hotel
Hanga Roa, Chile

Villa Tiki

All six rooms (double and triple) are enormous, with huge windows through which light floods in. If you want to be fussy, some rooms are slightly better than others, so ask for one overlooking the ...
Hotel
Hanga Roa, Chile

Camping Mihinoa

Mihinoa is an excellent budget option, offering both a camp site and rooms just south of town, and is the prime location for sunset lovers. The “no shoes inside” rule means the spacious rooms ...
Hostel
Hanga Roa, Chile

Hostelling Internacional Kona Tau

Exactly what you'd expect from an HI hostel, with bright, airy rooms, large chillout space and welcoming atmosphere. All rooms have a private bathroom and open onto a terrace where you can enjoy ...
Hostel
Hanga Roa, Chile

Residencial Petero Atamu

At the end of a dirt road, the location isn't the prettiest, but Petero Atamu provides decent budget accommodation. Of the six rooms, four have private baths, while all are spacious and cheery, even ...
Hotel
Hanga Roa, Chile

Hotel Manutara

Hotel Manutara has a friendly, welcoming staff ready to assist you with all your travel needs. The grounds are beautiful with pleasant gardens and tons of flowers, and the rooms are relatively large ...
Hotel
Hanga Roa, Chile

Hotel Iorana

One of the most luxurious accommodation options on the island, this hotel has the feel of a resort, with tennis courts, swimming pools and beautiful views. The food alone is worth the high price. The ...
Hotel
Hanga Roa, Chile

Residencial Ana Rapu

This residencial offers rooms, cabins or campsites. Compared to most places on the island, the prices here are pretty low. The rooms are nothing special, but you get what you pay for. The residencial ...
Hotel
Hanga Roa, Chile

Hostal Akapu

Right by the sea and in close proximity to a number of local monuments, Hostal Akapu offers individual rooms or entire bungalows with private bathrooms and hot water. The bungalows are definitely the ...
Hotel
Hanga Roa, Chile

Residencial Chez Erika

Although not in the same league as the other mid-range hotels, Chez Erika is still a good bright and breezy option. Colourful walls are the theme, although that might be a ploy to hide the fact that ...
Hotel
Hanga Roa, Chile
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