|by Robert Firpo-Cappiello||Adventure, Art + Culture, Beaches, Historical Travel, Islands, Spiritual Travel, Australia & South Pacific, Easter Island, Trip Ideas||0|
When you’re ready to really get away from it all, a tour of the world’s most remote inhabited island—soon to be the center of a huge marine sanctuary—is within reach. Here, five things you don’t know about Easter Island:
1. With a population of fewer than 5,000 people, 63 square miles, and a location more than 2,000 miles west of Santiago, Chile, the island of Rapa Nui (named Easter Island by 18th-century Dutch explorers) is as “out there” as it gets.
2. Easter Island’s massive, mysterious sculptures, known as moai, were carved from volcanic rock by a sophisticated Polynesian people, some of them more than 1,000 years ago.
3. The average moai is about 14 feet tall and weighs about 10 tons. Their significance and the method by which they were moved several miles and hoisted onto stone altars remain unknown.
4. Can’t decide between the island’s beautiful white- and pinksand beaches and its world-famous giant heads? Hit Anakena beach, where you can swim, soak up some rays, and ogle the moai.
5. Maxim Tours offers all-inclusive four-day tours that include visits to archaeological sites, cultural experiences with the Rapa Nui people, lodging, and meals from $550 (airfare from Santiago not included, maximtours.com).