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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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Where to stay in Hanga Roa

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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  • Much of Rapa Nui is considered to be part of the National Park. So, while the individual sites are incredible on their own, visiting several of the Moai sites provides a more comprehensive history of ...  more »
  • We hired a car and drove around for three days. Simply breathtaking. Sunsets, sunrises, clouds, mountains, volcanoes and all surrounded by history and so many varying moai. A must see wonder of the wo...  more »
  • There are 2 big expenses in visiting Easter island, the first is the flights and second is the cost of the ticket to visit the national park. Aside from that you can do it surprisingly cheaply but the...  more »