Rapa Nui National Park, Easter Island

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#3 of 7 in Nature in Easter Island
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. Put Rapa Nui National Park into our Hanga Roa driving holiday planning website to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Hanga Roa.
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  • It is necessary to purchase a ticket to the Park. I bought on arrival at the airport, 80 USD or the equivalent in local currency, valid for 10 days. The guards carefully check. The Park was created in 1935.
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  • Short wall of a scenic spot, open space, 15 Moaishi like the back of the sea neatly formed a row. There are three dead volcanoes on the Easter I., and the stone of the statue of Moses is from the volcanic tuff. There have been several tribes on the island, since Tenth century began to produce a large number of stone statue, until 16th century, 17th century terminated.
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  • The island is virtually the Park, so walk from anywhere you can bump one of its mysterious monuments and natural and cultural beauties
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  • Amazing! Learning a bit about Rapa Nui culture, and all the theories about the moai will enhance the experience.
  • Magical place in the world. You needed to visit. Historical place.
  • Rapa Nui is the indigenous name of Easter Island. It's a volcanic island, with still two large craters: Rano Kau and Rano Raraku. The most characteristic cultural feature of Rapa Nui are the huge moai, found all over the island. These figures were created to represent the important ancestors of each clan. As time went by, their forms became more stylized and they increased in size. Rapa Nui is considered one of the most isolated inhabited places in the world. Almost 2000 km distant is Pitcairn, the closest inhabited island. Its 4100 km to Tahiti and 3700 km to the Chilean coast. Nevertheless, Rapa Nui belongs to Polynesia, a geographic area defined by an imaginery triangle whose verticles are New Zealand, Hawaii and Rapa Nui itself. All the islands have a common cultural tradition, whose roots extend back to the second millenium BC. Around 400 AD, Rapa Nui was colonized by Polynesians. They arrived in big canoes, and took with them many cultural elements that had developed on the other Polynesian islands.
  • The park itself is an amazing experience. An absolute must for everyone visiting the island as this includes all main sites. My only issue was the lack of communication to let tourists know how the ticketing works. You need to get the tickets prior to entering any sites as these are not sold at park entrances. The tickets are available either at the airport or in the town and these have to be purchased in cash.
  • You have to be extremely respectful and take distance but the history and the amazing views are just perfect, if u want to get souvenirs it's less expensive if you get them in the airport shops. The ticket for the park last ten days but there's two places that u can go only once so make sure that if you get there u see all the attractions before leaving, I don't recommend three days trips because the weather could suddenly change and u won't be able to leave the house, if you go to the caves prepare because once you get there you have to walk alone and find everything by yourself, the caves entrances are tiny and scary but seeing the view inside worth every second.
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