Chile Attractions

Places to visit, points of interest and top things to see in Chile

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Easter Island
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Walking with the statues on Easter Island

Shimmering luminous days on an island thousands of miles from anywhere…
Unspoiled natural beauty in a tropical island setting – without the bright lights and frenetic pace of a typical resort…
Mysterious statues that walked to their resting places and a more mysterious culture that erected them…

These are just a few of the attractions of the beautiful, mysterious island of Rapa Nui, better known to most of us as Easter Island. Located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Rapa Nui is over 3,000 km from the central coast of Chile and 1900 km from the closest inhabited island, making it one of the most remote places in the world. The small island – only about 46 square miles in area – is nearly a perfect triangle whose longest side is 24 km, and is only 12 km wide at its widest. Yet within that tiny space exists the luminous beauty of a natural sanctuary and one of the best-known mysteries of the ancient world – the mysterious Moai – the statues of Easter Island.

Made famous by Thor Heyerdahl's books Kon Tiki and Aku-Aku, there are 887 known moai on the island. The enormous stone statues are carved of tuff, an easily compressed volcanic ash. They weigh as much as 75 tonnes, and among the enduring mysteries of Easter Island is the question of who carved them, and how they got from their birthplace at the center of the island to the coasts of the island where they were meant to stand guard... read more arrow

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