explora Rapa Nui
This LEED-certified introduction to Chile's mythical Easter Island is explora's latest foray into adventure-based tou...
- February 23, 2016
Your first day on the island, hop into a Jeep to visit Rapa Nui National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the moai reside. The sheer magnanimity of these mysterious, archaeological entities is enough to spark contemplation and meditation, with their looming magnificence imparting indescribable awe.
Those so inclined can explore other parts of the island via bicycle. Park your two-wheeler at the top of the island’s extinct Rano Kau volcano and walk down into its pond-filled crater. Here stands the ceremonial stone slab village of Orongo—former home of a bird man cult, whose egg sacrifices to the fertility gods remained heavily in practice until the 1860s.
For 360 degree vistas of the Pacific, trekking to the highest point of Easter Island is easiest upon horseback. The prime time to trot to the top is right after sunset—thousands of mile away from its closest neighbors, nothing comes close to stargazing from the remote island.
For more laid-back exploration, head to postcard-perfect Anakena to catch rays amid thickets of slanted palms, encircling white coral sands and a crystal blue cove. Scuba diving and snorkeling around the reefs are highly encouraged; visibility in the turquoise waters surrounding Easter Island allows swimmers to see as far as 70 feet down on a clear day. Thrill seekers, meanwhile, forgo the serene shores in lieu of hunting down high tide swells at Papa Tangaroa and Paka Ai bays.