Easter Island, Chile
Today we are traveling to South America, specifically on the magical Easter island . the place with the remnants of an ancient civilization and the turbulent past. It is about three thousand kilometers from the coast of Chile, two thousand to the nearest Pitcairn island, and is the most isolated inhabited island in the world. Politically, Easter island is part of Chile since 1888. He has a strange triangular shape, almost completely flat with three volcanoes.
Rapa Nui (Easter island named by the locals), is perhaps the perfect place to discover the Polynesian culture of its inhabitants and the tradition of putting statues of religious significance.
The people of Rapa Nui was isolated from the outside world for centuries. So they began to develop their own, unique culture and especially the huge figures that dominate the landscape. Some of them remained in good condition, others were damaged by weather or acts of violence occurring in a remote island. Looking at the large monolithic statues, Giant Heads called Moai, it is not surprising that Rapa Nui is the subject of many mysterious theories. Another unique element is the ancient language of rongorongo.
Actually, with the development of the culture of Rapa Nui is a tragic story and there are still many questions about the structure and symbolism of the statues. Why do they have European features and have been posted yet why not looking into the sea? There is no concrete answer to these and other questions, there is only speculation.
First Europeans (Dutch) arrived on the island under the command of Admiral Jacob Roggeveen in 1722, on Easter Sunday and, predictably, the name of the new earth — Easter Island.
The place offers visitors breathtaking scenery: lava fields, caves with sea views, cliffs, volcanic lakes. In 1995, Rapa Nui, a UNESCO world heritage site.
The island has a sufficient number of hotels and means of transportation. Due to lack of boarding space, there is only one airline that connects the island to Chile. It’s practically the only way to get here.
The atmosphere of mystery that lives on Easter island, combined with unique landscapes, guarantee a stay that you will never forget.