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January 18th, 2013 

Easter Island, Chile


 Easter Island, Chile is one of the most well-known archaeological sites in the world. This island is home to the famous moai statues. This island is known as Rapa Nui to the native inhabitants. The attractions, culture, and rich history of Easter Island cause it to be an interesting destination for travelers.

 The island is thought to have first been settled by Polynesians around 400 A.D. The original inhabitants had a complex and distinctive culture. As well as being able to create the moai statues, they also created the only known written language from Oceania. It is thought that the island became overpopulated causing the inhabitants to suffer famine and engage in cannibalism. The island’s population was also damaged by the influence of foreign countries. Many were violently kidnapped for the slave trade and European diseases were introduced. Easter Island was annexed by Chile in 1888.

Easter Island has a subtropical climate with temperatures typically ranging between the sixties and eighties. Winters are mild and there is rainfall all year, although April usually has the highest levels of precipitation. This island is exposed to nearly constant winds, which helps keep the temperature comfortable.

 Many travelers to Easter Island are interested in learning about the history and culture of the island. Rapa Nui National Park allows one to enjoy many of the historic sites and is divided into seven sections. Rano Raraku is located within the park. Rano Raraku is a volcanic crater that was used as a quarry to create the moai statues. Visitors may view both incomplete moai and those that were completed but never delivered to the appropriate site. Orongo is also located inside Rapa Nui National Park. This place includes crater that has been filled with a lake and was once the center of the historic Birdman cult.


 The Kari Kari Rapanui Ethnic Ballet is one way to enjoy some cultural entertainment. This group uses traditional instruments while they perform dances such as the Hoko, Tamure, and Aprima. This unique ballet focuses on Polynesian folklore and tribal confrontations.

 Those that would like to enjoy the beach while visiting Easter Island should stop at Anakena Beach. One may swim in the beautiful blue water, which is usually quite warm. While on this beach, one may see six moai. This beach also has historical significance as it is thought to be where the island’s first settlers landed. Ovahe Beach is also found nearby and has a small cave.

 Easter Island is a unique place to visit. The culture and historic landmarks of this place make it a memorable destination. Easter Island allows travelers to immerse themselves in the history of its native inhabitants.
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