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History One thousand years ago

 

TemplatemoImage03Ariki (King) Hotu Matu'a crossed the ocean from Hiva (probably the Marquesas Islands) and settled in a new land he called "The navel of the world". Standing in the middle of the Pacific Ocean some 3.700 kms away from continental Chile, Easter Island or Rapa Nui is the world´s most insular island. It is just 166km2 in size and is highest point stands a mere 509m above sea level. Easter Island, home of the most advanced culture in all of Polynesia, is rightly considered to be the world's largest open air archaelogical museum. Rapa Nui welcome you with year-round subtropical temperatures ranging from 18º to 27º C, warm waters and sandy, unspoiled beaches termed "paradisiacal" by visitors.

 

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Easter Island was discovered by dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen on Easter Day (hence the name) 1722, and was anexed by Chile in 1888. Rapa Nui started to welcome tourists in the late 1960s. It soon became one of the world's leading cultural travel destinations , with an average of some 20.000 visitors per year. Tapati Rapa Nui, a festive occasion where ancient rituals events (sports, fishing, arts, dancing, traditional dress) are reenacted, is held in late January and early February.

 

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Useful Information

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· Climate: Subtropical, 18º to 27º C year-round

· Currency: Chilean peso, US dollar, credit cards, travellers checks. Exchange avaliable at the bank "Banco del Estado"

· Access: routes Fly LAN Chile from Santiago of Chile or Papeete, Tahiti

· Electric current: 220 volts

· Energía 220 volts

· Language: Rapa Nui, Spanish, some English, French, German spoken

· Recommended dress: light and casual-shorts, short-sleeved shirts, windbreakers

· Religion: Catholic, Evangelical, others

· Mail Services Provided by Chilean Postal Service

· Restaurants: wide choice, varied fare