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Easter Island brings to mind history and mystery. See its giant moai, statues of elongated human-like figures carved from volcanic rock. They rest on stone platforms called ahus and some wear stone headdresses. Learn about the ancient people who created these pieces as well as the explorers who pondered over them centuries later.
The island has about 900 moai, many in and around the Rano Raraku Quarry, with lava from the Rano Raraku volcano. They range in size from about 3 feet (1 meter) to 70 feet (21 meters) tall. Ahu Tongariki has one of the most prestigious displays. As you gaze at these amazing statues, marvel at the primitive engineering that transported the heavy carvings more than 10 miles (16 kilometers) across the island. Archaeologists have determined how the islanders used ropes, logs and human energy to complete this work, but don’t know why.
Explore distinct cultural developments over the last 1,200 years. The date is still debated but experts believe the Polynesians arrived in about A.D. 300 and developed moai starting about 700 A.D. but later destroyed many to build larger ones. After resource depletion and a fierce civil war, the local population dramatically declined. Europeans arrived on Easter Sunday 1722, giving the island its current name. Chile annexed the island, also known as Rapa Nui, in 1888 for sheep farming. Today tourism is the key industry.
Besides its historical significance, Easter Island offers very pleasant South Pacific beach vacation conditions. Travel to Anakena Beach on the northern shore to swim in azure waters the color of lapis lazuli gemstones, laze on the soft white sands under the shade of coconut palms or try bodysurfing. Gaze at the Ahu Nau Nau, with moai that are in exceptional condition after they were buried here in the sand for centuries.
Reach Easter Island by flying from Santiago, Chile, to Mataveri International Airport in the main city of Hanga Roa. Rent a four-wheel drive or use taxis to get around. Join a tour for best moai access and information.
TAHATAI Hotel kindly offered airport pickup＆sending as a service. It is good to know that service is added and also they kindly arranged a good service local rental car service ,which is also satisfactory,
There was a lot of people to check in so that took some time. Breakfast was ok but the scrambled eggs and omelets were undercooked. The daily sunset cocktail was a great idea. It was a pity too see the flags and protest signs as it did interrupt the sunset and if I knew of the conflict I may have ...
The property and rooms were beautiful. We had lunch at the restaurant which was very good as well as the buffet breakfast. The wait staff were all excellent, engaging and spoke English. The bed was comfortable, and we appreciated the robe and slippers. We arranged ahead for transport from the airport ...
Very clean, nice shower, hot water. Good breakfast every day. Overall good value for money. Rooms are a bit dark.
The staff was really nice and very flexible. The excursions were fun, and they really do a nice job of accomodating older guests.
Close to some Moai sights and walking distance to several restaurants, beach view room/cabana, Car rental available in hotel, close to airport, free breakfast
Excellent breakfast. Convenient location -able to walk to waterfront and many restaurants. Owners were very accommodating-transportation to and from airport-willingly picked up hat I had inadvertently left on tour van.
Lemu Lodge is a paradise! The “glamping” style is more glamorous than we expected with comfortable, spacious, and well-appointed cabins. Our room was just steps away from the main lodge with everything you need like well-crafted drinks from the bar, WiFi, hearty breakfast, and mostly a beautiful ...
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