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article imageEaster Island: Beauty and attractions of ‘the navel of the world’ Special

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By Igor I. Solar
Jan 9, 2012 in Travel
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Hanga Roa - In addition to its history and mysterious archaeological treasures, Easter Island has many places of great natural beauty that provide opportunities for biking, horseback riding, hiking inside an extinct volcano or attending a colourful folk show.
Easter Island, also known as “Rapa Nui” or “Te Pito o te Henua” (Polynesian meaning “the navel of the World”), is a small, remote volcanic island in the South Pacific Ocean with sub-tropical maritime climate, which offers visitors a wide variety of cultural, recreational and sporting activities.
Many areas around the island provide magnificent tropical coastal scenery.
Many areas around the island provide magnificent tropical coastal scenery.
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A view of the rocky shoreline looking towards the town of Hanga Roa  Easter Island.
A view of the rocky shoreline looking towards the town of Hanga Roa, Easter Island.
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Small protected coves provide safe harbour for fishing vessels in Easter Island.
Small protected coves provide safe harbour for fishing vessels in Easter Island.
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Diving in Easter Island is an unforgettable adventure. This volcanic island has an extraordinary underwater topography composed of caves, arches, cliffs, lava platforms and coral formations. The color and clarity of its waters and the abundance of tropical fish, make diving an overwhelming and fascinating experience. For fishing enthusiasts, direct arrangements with the fishermen at the local cove may result in a few hours of inshore angling or a full-day offshore fishing expedition.
The crater and lagoon of the extinct Ranu Kau volcano. On the northern slope of the volcano is Matav...
The crater and lagoon of the extinct Ranu Kau volcano. On the northern slope of the volcano is Mataveri International Airport.
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Palm trees and white sandy beaches surround an  Ahu  with several restored moais with red volcanic r...
Palm trees and white sandy beaches surround an "Ahu" with several restored moais with red volcanic rock "pukao" (hat).
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There are many caves  cliffs and rocky coastal areas around Easter Island.
There are many caves, cliffs and rocky coastal areas around Easter Island.
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Watching a sunset from Easter Island can be a great experience.
Watching a sunset from Easter Island can be a great experience.
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For those who prefer less tiring activities, car rentals are available to explore the trails of the island, visiting the archaeological sites, numerous caves and underground lava tubes used in prehistoric times as permanent homes, burial and ceremonial sites, or shelter in times of inter-tribal wars. Alternatively, one can enjoy long afternoons relaxing on the beach to watch the sun disappear behind the Earth's curvature in the distant horizon, and finish the day with a fantastic show of folk music, dance and traditions of the Easter Islanders.
Islanders paint the face of visitors in the style of the ancient aboriginal Polynesians. Participati...
Islanders paint the face of visitors in the style of the ancient aboriginal Polynesians. Participating in the typical dances is also encouraged.
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Easter Islanders offer visitors exiting shows of traditional folk music and dances.
Easter Islanders offer visitors exiting shows of traditional folk music and dances.
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Easter Islanders offer visitors exiting shows of traditional folk music and dances.
Easter Islanders offer visitors exiting shows of traditional folk music and dances.
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During the high season (December to April) Easter Island hosts many cultural exhibitions and sale of handicrafts, cooking demonstrations, shows of ancestral dances and sports activities.
The flight from Santiago de Chile to Easter Island (located approximately 3,800 km west of the coast of South America) takes almost 5 hours. LanChile is the only airline flying to the most remote airport in the world, Mataveri International Airport, Easter Island, from Santiago or from Papeete, Tahiti.
Easter Islanders offer visitors exiting shows of traditional folk music and dances.
Easter Islanders offer visitors exiting shows of traditional folk music and dances.
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