RAPA NUI (EASTER ISLAND)
The most isolated inhabited island on earth
Lying around 2,000 miles off the coast of Chile, this island has more in common with Polynesia than the Chileans who colonised it.
Known most for its gigantic volcanic rock sculptures which stare solemnly all over the island that have been the subject of much speculation since their discovery. Although there are many theories of how they were built: from a South American civilization to extra-terrestrial influences or most likely Polynesian tribesmen, many mysteries still remain.
Our local guides will show you the mysterious 600 moai figures by foot, car or by horse as well as the volcanoes and rugged landscapes.
Meeting the local people who have held on to their traditions is a big part of the experience of visiting the islands. We suggest visiting in late January or early February when the annual Tapati Rapa Nui festival is held. Here you can watch dancing, singing and ancestral games including the race to retrieve the first nesting egg off a nearby islet.
Easter Island is a beguiling place with friendly Polynesian islanders: you should allow a few days to see the mysterious sights, to enjoy the remoteness and its cultural heritage.
Very different to any other part of Latin America
When to go: All year round