Anakena Beach, Easter Island

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At Anakena Beach, stand in awe of the mighty "ahu" sculptures that have watched over mysterious Easter Island for centuries. Legend has it that the beach was the landing place of Hotu Matu'a, the tribal chief who arrived on the island with a party of two canoes, settling the territory. Examine the striking facial features of these sculptures, which date from between 1250 and 1500 CE. After you've appreciated the staggering history and the powerful monoliths, enjoy the white coral sand and lapis lazuli waters of the beach. Planning Hanga Roa trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.
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  • Whether you get here by bike (long ride!), car or tour group, this is definitely worth a stop. There is a well-restored moai facing inland and some foundations of a small village. The setting is unlik...  more »
  • beautiful setting for swimming in the Pacific while looking at the statues of the moais. coconut trees are part of the décor. There were few people on the beach as the weather was sad but hot water.
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  • Despite the bad weather powers to bathe in these waters view MOAI was amazing, I got lost in this magical place with the turquoise water and a great company over to my wife of interesting people from all over the world.
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The main urban area on the island, Hanga Roa houses the vast majority of Easter Island's accommodations. While the number of choices remains pretty limited considering the island's popularity, the range of lodgings suits a variety of travelers, from budget-conscious backpackers to those seeking luxury. Relaxed guesthouses and hostels provide decent rooms to get your head down for the night after a long day's exploration. Eco-lodges and more exclusive hotels tend to be positioned outside of the main urban area, providing airport pick-up services, ocean views, and swimming pools.
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