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Rapa Nui National Park, Easter Island

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Set on an isolated and scarcely vegetated volcanic island, Rapa Nui National Park lures visitors with its mysterious history and monumental shrines and stone figures known as moai. Polynesians came to the island in big canoes around 300 CE, bringing many elements of their culture. As a tribute to the important ancestors of each clan, these newcomers created moai, which became taller and more stylized as time went by. Other attractions include two large craters, a pink sand beach, and a restored Orongo village with rock engravings on a mountain cliff. Though you can explore the island by foot, vehicle, or bike, some places, such as its highest peak Maunga Terevaka, can only be reached by horse. Plan your visit to Rapa Nui National Park and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Hanga Roa vacation trip planner.
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  • Site very well maintained, the trails and paths are monitored by guards, no approach possible of the monoliths and archaeological structures, allowing to keep them in good condition.
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  • What a great place to visit. Well worth making the 6 hour trip by plane to get to Easter Island - Its a must see on any bucket list  more »
  • The site restored by the Japanese with beautiful Moais upright, very impressive and spectacular, the photo of Easter Island you the world knows, so a site to see without fault.
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  • Once in a lifetime! The national park is a huge open air museum and you should bring enough time to visit the most important spots. Explore the island by bike or by car, if you want you can book a tour. A ticket for 60 USD is required for any spot of the park.
  • Just an amazing place to explore. I have always wanted to go here and when I did, Rapa Nui delivered. Rent a motobike or a small 4x4 vehicle and explore the entire island. You will find amazing secluded beaches, caves, breathtaking views of the Pacific off of the edges of cliffs, and of course the moai's. You can also go snorkeling in open water, scuba diving, and of course surfing.
  • Amazing place in the middle of nowhere. Those statues are amazing.
  • So cool. Do not miss going to the Moai quarry, it made the entire trip! Note the the other side of the crater is not patrolled by the Park Rangers. People will go to that side to pose with the Moai and touch them, the Rangers don't care enough to stop them.
  • An absolutely out of this world experience. You simply have to see it to believe it. The moai statues are amazing.