Easter Island, a Chilean territory, is a remote volcanic island in Polynesia. It’s famed for its archaeological sites, including some 900 monumental statues, called Moai, created by its early Rapa Nui inhabitants during the 10th-16th centuries. The moai are carved human figures with oversize heads, often resting on massive rock altars called ahus.
Easter Island is one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world. The nearest continental point lies just in central Chile, 3,512 kilometres (2,182 miles) away. The name “Easter Island” was given by the island’s first recorded European visitor, the Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen, who encountered it on Easter Sunday in 1722. The current Polynesian name of the island, Rapa Nui, means Big Rapa, big island. In its native language, the island was formerly known as Te pito or te henua, meaning “The navel of the earth” and Mataki te rangi, “Eyes that look the sky”.
Enigmatic and remote, the island located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean has its strong appeal on its magnificent nature and the rapa nui culture. Moai sculptures, beautiful polinesic beaches, a extinguish volcano, a perfect weather and a delightful gastronomy. Wonderful qualities to enjoy in this trip.
Archeological tours, trekking, biking, surfing, diving and bird watching are few of the activities you can enjoy at the island. And the typical Easter Island gastronomy is based mainly on marine products, such as delicious fishes as tuna, mahi mahi, sierra or kana kana, and seafood such as lobster, shrimp and monkfish, a type of lobster smaller and native of the island. Therefore, nothing to worry about in the middle of the ocean.