Easter Island Tours, Vacations, Travel Packages & Experiences
Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui, is a Polynesian island and special territory of Chile, in the southeastern Pacific Ocean.
There is much speculation about when people first arrived, but recent studies suggest it was around 800 AD. The first Europeans to descend on the island were led by Dutch Admiral Jacob Roggeveen on Easter Sunday, 1722. Rapa Nui was claimed by the Spanish in 1770 and further contact with outsiders proved disastrous for the islanders. They were used as slaves for projects as far away as Australia and Peru and those that returned to the island brought epidemics that nearly wiped out the population.
Chile officially annexed the island in 1888 and has remained in control ever since. However, recent years have witnessed a movement by the islanders to have a greater say in the governing of the land.
Easter Island is perhaps best known for the Moai, monolithic statues that dot the landscape and were carved from 1100-1680 AD. A total of 887 Moai have been discovered and it is believed that they were created in honour of sacred ancestors who watch over the villages.
The island was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the artistic and architectural culture that emerged from a society that was completely isolated from outside influences. There is an air of mystery that surrounds this world famous island making it a unique and enchanting holiday destination.
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Chile Travel Information
At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to Chile.
Learn about the history and culture of Chile, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Chile's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Chile for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Chile tours today!
Extend Your Trip
After your Chile vacation packages, why not consider another of Goway's Latin America tours. These include a large selection of other exciting countries in Central and South America. We offer Ecuador vacation packages which include Galapagos cruises, Peru vacation packages which include Machu Picchu tours and Brazil tours including Iguassu Falls tours among many others.