Chile is a country that, from north to south, reaches over 4,300 kilometers in a narrow strip of land between the rugged Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Such a great expanse gives way to an array of privileged landscapes - beginning with the planet's most arid desert, transitioning through a fertile central valley, down through a land of lakes and volcanoes and ending in the glaciers, fjords, and granite mountains of wild Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego – the farthest reaches of the continent.
For truly intrepid travelers, you can go even further – Easter Island. This tiny spit of volcanic rock in the vast South Seas is the most remote inhabited place on Earth
Imagine making the trek to Santiago, boarding another plane and heading west, chasing the sun deep into the south
Just 14 miles long and 7 miles wide, Easter Island itself is stunning. Its rugged beauty is composed of rolling green hills, massive volcanic craters, rocky coves, and pristine beaches. You can hike or horseback ride to the islands tallest point which offers panoramic views of the island and the south pacific. Other activities abound such as snorkeling, surfing and exploring the islands flora and fauna.
The main reason people make the epic voyage to this island is to discover the mysterious past of Rapa Nui culture. Over 1,000 monumental moai statues bear silent witness to a long-lost, complex society. It truly is one of
While the enormous carved stone Moai are a testament to the island's mysterious past, the language, music, and numerous traditions are kept alive by the island's current inhabitants. Food is an important part of Rapa Nui culture and you can experience a traditional dinner –
It's no easy feat to get to Easter Island but then again neither was erecting the Moai. How far are you willing to go for adventure and mystery?
Not willing to go that far just for Easter Island? Check out our Best of Chile itinerary to see how we can link up the Atacama, Santiago, and Torres del Paine with this enigmatic isle.Questions? Give us a call at 800-345-4453.