Senior Travel to Easter Island

Mar 22nd, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors, how does a trip to Easter Island sound for Easter?  Easter Island (Rapa Nui: Rapa Nui, Spanish: Isla de Pascua) is a Polynesian island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, at the southeastern most point of the Polynesian triangle. A special territory of Chile that was annexed in 1888, Easter Island is famous for its 887 extant monumental statues, called moai (pronounced /ˈmoʊ.aɪ/), created by the early Rapanui people.  It is about 3,701 km (2,300 mi) west of the mainland.

Inhabited by Polynesians since the fifth century A.D. and encountered by Dutch explorers on Easter Day, 1722, the island is famous for its hieroglyphic tablets and colossal heads carved from volcanic rock, which were probably produced by the Polynesian inhabitants during a period from roughly 1000 to 1600.  EI is known as one of the world’s sacred sites.

TripAdvisor would like to help you make place for this trip near Chile. The #1 site to visit  is called Rapa Nui National Park. Rapa Nui National Park is a World Heritage Site located on Easter Island, Chile. The park is divided into seven sections covering most of the island. I put my full support to visit any World Heritage Site in the world in all 192 countries.  World Heritage means First Class, Five Star, Top of the List and more. 

Ahu Tongariki is where one could find the largest stone platform “ahu” on Easter Island and a total of 15 moais which where all restored in the 90’s. A must see on your trip to EI. Trip Advisor suggests six more Things to Do in Easter Island and you will not want to miss a one, especially having traveled this distance. 

Easter Island has long been the subject of curiosity and speculation. How and why did its inhabitants carve and transport the massive statues which surround the island? What remains of this culture today, and what lessons can we learn from their legacy?  This page is a resource for information on the Internet about Easter Island, one of the most isolated places on Earth.  All more reasons for a “real get-away” from it all back home.

Lan Chile flies to Easter Island, with flights operating between Santiago, Chile and Papeete,Tahiti. Airfare from Santiago,Chile to Easter Island and back costs approximately $800 US. 

RESOURCES

For those interested in present-day Rapa Nui, an invaluable resource is the “Uncommon Guide to Easter Island” – available from the Easter Island Foundation, which also publishes the Rapa Nui Journal - the premier source for Easter Island events and scientific studies.  BING brings many images for you to enjoy prior to your voyage. If you prefer videos, BING has plenty of those as well. 

Lastly, I leave you with two EI travel guides: with great photos, some history and fast facts and allaboutchile with a nice overview.  Enjoy Easter in EI. jeb



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