Situated some 2,237 miles off the coast of Chile is Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui. The isolated island is home to luxurious white sand beaches, volcanos and it’s famous moai statues built by the native Rapanui people. With such isolation comes the chance for total relaxation and anonymity, for the island is only occupied by 3,791 people.
Explora en Rapa Nui is Easter Island’s finest luxury hotel, and with only 30 rooms, you are sure to get the best service there is to offer. From the hotel you can venture to Casa de Banos Hara Vai for a pool, jacuzzis and relaxing massage, or you can have one of the island natives take you on your own private guided tour of the island. You’ll want to have your private guide show you the moai statues for which the island is most known for:
The large stone statues, or moai, for which Easter Island is world-famous, were carved during a relatively short and intense burst of creative and productive megalithic activity. A total of 887 monolithic stone statues have been inventoried on the island and in museum collections. Although often identified as “Easter Island heads”, the statues are actually complete torsos, the figures kneeling on bent knees with their hands over their stomach. Some upright moai have become buried up to their necks by shifting soils.
The period when the statues were produced remains disputed, with estimates ranging from 400 CE to 1500–1700 CE. Almost all (95%) moai were carved out of distinctive, compressed, easily worked volcanic ash or tuff found at a single site inside the extinct volcano Rano Raraku. The native islanders who carved them used only stone hand chisels, mainly basalt toki, which still lie in place all over the quarry. The stone chisels were re-sharpened by chipping off a new edge when dulled. The volcanic stone the moai were carved from was first wetted to soften it before sculpting began, then again periodically during the process. While many teams worked on different statues at the same time, a single moai would take a team of five or six men approximately one year to complete. Each statue represents a deceased long-ear chief or important person.
For those who want to truly get away from it all and do so with the utmost isolation and luxury, consider a tropical getaway to Easter Island. Your dream Chilean vacation awaits!