And Beyond

Located 2,294 miles off the coast of continental Chile, Easter Island (also known as Rapa Nui) is the most remote inhabited island on earth. Although Easter Island has been part of Chile since 1888, its Polynesian influence is still quite strong. The island is believed to have been settled by voyagers from the Marquesas in 400 AD.

Visitors sometimes refer to Easter Island as the world's largest museum; hundreds of monolithic Moai dot the landscape. Many of these massive stone figures can be viewed at the Rano Raraku quarry where they were carved. Others line the coast, erected on numerous ceremonial platforms, or ahu. Other noteworthy sights include the Orongo ceremonial center, Anakena Bay, and the Rano Kau volcano crater.

Mid summer is an excellent time to book for the annual Tapati Festival, a vibrant celebration of Rapa Nui culture. Typically, festival events extend from late January to early February.

PanAmerican Travel Services designs customized trips to Easter Island and many other parts of Chile. We can arrange lodging, guided excursions, and transportation.