Rapa Nui National Park, Easter Island

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#4 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. 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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  • Get a good guide to take you round all the different aspects of the park and to explain all the history of the moai and the island. You will get far more out of your visit than going by yourself. Fasc...  more »
  • All the important attractions of the island are within the Park. There is the option of purchasing the ticket (45 USD, lasts 10 days and gives you unrestricted access to all attractions except the volcanoes, which are only worth a visit) at the airport and in tourist offices in the city. I recommend you get the bags, do check in the hotel and buy the tickets in the city, no line.
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  • Yes its true ..the moais are the best but Rapa people are not most nice people..are rude..and very unfriendly. They dont have any idea how you have to treat a tourist. If not for the moais there's not...  more »

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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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