Originally named Rapa Nui (Navel of the World), this is the most isolated island on earth. Located in mid-Pacific six jet hours from Santiago, the island is an open-air museum best known for over 600 gigantic statues (moais), that mysteriously stand with their backs to the sea. The ancient civilization that inhabited the island had an organized society, written language, masterful building techniques, and a complex religion.
Three to four nights
When to go
With it sub-tropical climate cooled by the Humboldt Current and an annual average temperature of 70F, Easter Island can be visited year ‘round. Rainy season extends from March to June with August-December as the driest months. Coldest months are July-October.
• Visits to archaeological sites including the famous ahus and moais, ancient dwellings, ceremonial sites, quarries, and scores of mysterious petroglyphs.
• SCUBA Diving (experienced divers only): Warmest water November-April
• Horseback Riding