Rapa Nui National Park, Easter Island

4.9
#3 of 10 in Parks 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. 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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  • August 15, 2017
    Stay in front of 15 MOAI, all with a mysterious facial expression, built nearly 500 years without reasons still established clearly, in the middle of the Pacific is surreal! My favorite place on the island.
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  • August 14, 2017
    I recommend these tours full-day Easter Island in a single day toured the island with a Rapa Nui guide who told us details of the history of its hisla, so say the landscape peace and magic surrounding the Moais guide Patricio Pachomius buenisimo!
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  • August 13, 2017
    As long as we saw not the giant Moai statues, we can't imagine how they are impressive, this as always bad today we understand how people at that time were able to carve them in the volcanic rock to transport them and straighten them. The site is truly spectacular.
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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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