Easter Island: Beauty and attractions of ‘the navel of the world’ Special
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.
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.
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.
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.