Mandatory Credit: Photo by Robert Harding/REX Shutterstock (4143206a).. Moai sculptures in various stages of completion at Rano Raraku, the quarry site for all moai on Easter Island, Rapa Nui National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Easter Island (Isla de Pascua), Chile.. VARIOUS.. ..

1. Easter Island

December 19, 2015

Reasons to Visit:

I’m not sure where to begin, except to say this island ranks 10 out of 10 for the following travel categories; remoteness, intriguing history, and seldom seen by travelers. Located at the south easternmost point of the Polynesian island chain, Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, is about as remote as you can travel, but has a unique history all its own. Because it’s both costly and difficult to visit combined with its intrigue, Easter Island ranks at the top of my list of places to visit before I die.

Must See:

  • Iconic and distinguishing Easter Island from other locations, nearly 900 moai sculptures cover the landscape and encircle the island. While their purpose and design is unknown, it is the hallmark of this isolated volcanic island.
  • The history of this island is diverse, and at times, strange. A visit to the Museo Antropológico Sebastián Englert. With restoration and reconstruction of the ancient moai statues, plus artifacts of the ancient people, a stop here will help round out the culture and monuments you encounter.
  • Rapa Nui is home to three active volcanoes and therefore provide opportunities to visit. Check out Orongo which neighbors the ancient village of birdman who worshiped the local birdlife. Remnants of the village remain, as do petroglyphs describing the annual race for the most undamaged bird eggs.
  • What trip to a Polynesian island would be complete without some sand and surf? While somewhat small, like the island itself, a stop for sun and fun at Anakena Beach should be included on any adventurous itinerary, if for nothing but a break and a breather.

Wrap up a visit to Easter Island with an amazing sunset at Ahu Tahai, boasting some of the best evening shots of moai and also providing an opportunity to catch up with travelers sharing the same experience.

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