About Rapa Nui

About Rapa Nui

Island of mysteries, legends and infinite stories… Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island, is located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, approx. 5 hours flight from Santiago. The island rises over a large submarine platform that emerged as a result of volcanic activity, evidenced by the presence of numerous volcanoes and craters.

The island is famous for its more than 880 monumental statues in various stages of completion, called Moais. It is still very much a mystery why the Moais were built and how they were hauled to the Ahus, many miles from the quarry…The Birdman culture is another mysterious legend of Rapa Nui. It got its name because once a year, warlords from the different clans in Easter Island had to swim to the islet, where they had to find the first eggs of the Sooty Tern (called the Manu Tara). Then they had to swim back and climb the steep side of the Rano Kau volcano, to present the eggs in the ceremonial village of Orongo. Who found the first egg became birdman for the ensuing year and won grate status in the community.

The whole island is an important archaeological resource. More than one third of the island belongs to the Rapa Nui National Park, declared World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.

TRAVEL SEASON

All year round.

FLIGHT TIMES

  • Rapa Nui – Santiago: 5h

CLIMATE

Winds and ocean currents strongly influence Easter Island’s subtropical climate. Light showers are the most frequent form of precipitation, but downpours can occur during any season.

DISTANCES

Hanga Roa – Anakena Beach: 21 km

SPECIAL NOTES

  • Time zone: 2hours less than mainland.
  • In the first half of February the so called Tapati Rapa Nui (traditional festival including series of music, dance, cultural contests, meal preparations, canoe races, etc.) takes place in or around Hanga Roa.