Easter Island Information

Island facts

How to get to Easter Island?

Arrival by air – The only airline serving Easter Island is LATAM. It has daily flights to/from Santiago and one weekly flight to/from Pape’ete (Tahiti).

The duration of the flight from Santiago de Chile to Easter Island is about 5 hours and 40 minutes on the way and somewhat less, 4 hours and 45 minutes.

You can book flight ticket directly at www.latam.com

Arrival by Cruise – Many cruise ships include Easter Island in their itinerary along the year. Cruise ships generally head for the main town of Hanga Roa to tender passengers ashore. Oceania, Princess Cruises,  Holland America and Costa Cruises are some of the cruise liners that choose Easter Island as destination in their itinerary. 

Geographic Location: 27º 9′ South latitude / 109º 26′ West latitude. 

Distance: 3.800 km off chilean coast and 4.000 km from Tahiti.

Airport: Mataveri International Airport in Easter Island

 

Entering Easter Island

During the last decade, the population growth in Rapa Nui has been pointed out as the one responsible for the deterioration in the quality of basic services, waste management, environmental status and pollution of the oceans.

 

What I should know if I am a tourist.

As of August 1, 2018, the Investigative Police of Chile will request you to complete the Unique Form (FUI) to enter Easter Island at the airport and the ports of the continent.

Travel requirements

  • Ticket
  • Have a round trip ticket.
  • Identification document.
  • Identity card, passport or other suitable travel document.
  • Accommodation

 

Because Rapa Nui is protected by everyone,  know the requirements of the new law to visit or stay on the island of Rapa Nui.

Book an accommodation authorized by SERNATUR for tourists or an invitation letter written by a resident or person belonging to the people of Rapa Nui delivered by the Government. In both cases, the place of stay must be accredited.

Maximum period of permanence

Any Chilean or foreign person who enters Easter Island can stay for up to 30 days.


National Park Ticket

Every tourist requires a National Park  to visit all the archaeological sites of Easter Island.

This ticket can be purchased at 2 points of sale in Rapa Nui:

1. At the Ma’u Henua ticket office located in the entrance gallery of  Mataveri Airport, during the arrival times of the flight,

2. At the Ma’u Henua office located on Atamu Tekena street (next to the Cruz Verde pharmacy).

The entry lasts 10 days, from the first control and can be checked at site of the Rapa Nui National Park, so it is advisable to take this ticket with you always. Keep in mind that you can only enter Rano Raraku and O’rongo only once during your stay. The rest of the sites can be visited as many times as desired.

Prices:

International tourists:

Adult USD 80 / Child: USD 40

Useful Information

What is the spoken language?

The official language is Spanish however the native speakers speak the local language: Rapa Nui. French and English are also frequently spoken languages ​​among the community. Many local services speak Italian, Portuguese, German and Japanese.

How’s the weather?

Rapa Nui has a rainy subtropical climate with intermittent rain throughout the year. The temperature is rather warm, varying between 13ºC and 29ºC with 76% relative humidity.

What type of electricity is used on the island?

The electricity on the island is 220 Volt

City: Hanga Roa Language: Spanish / Rapa Nui

Currency: CLP / Euro / USD

Time difference: 2 hours less than continental Chile

Climate: Subtropical maritime

Average annual temperature: 20ºC Annual average humidity: 76%

Other Information

 

 

 

The first European explorers who saw it on a Sunday in 1722, on Easter Sunday, baptized Easter Island; However, for the local inhabitants it is simply Rapa Nui, the great island. It is located in the Pacific Ocean, in Polynesia, 3760 kilometers from Chile on the American continent and at the same distance from Tahiti (4100 km). Its location in the middle of the ocean makes it the most remote inhabited island in the world. 

The sensation of insularity increases with the roundness of the horizon and the enormous ocean mass that accompanies us from almost all places on the island. The blue, the sea and the sky represent a single group, so intimately united, that it can be named in the Rapanui language with only one term: moana. Being on Easter Island is like being in a large clear blue dome, the moana nui.

As in all of Polynesia, on Easter Island, the cult of the ancestors governed much of the spiritual life of its inhabitants in the past. The Rapanui believed that the manna (spiritual energy) of the important people continued to exist after their death and that they had the ability to influence the events long after their death, a belief that became tangible in the construction of the moai.

In Rapa Nui, a spectacular and complex culture flourished and made huge stone sculptures to honor the ancestors, developed a writing system that to date has not been deciphered (rongo rongo) and was an expert on the stars and the observation of nature.

Between 1862 and 1864, several slave ships, whose origin and destination were the guanos in Peru, took more than 2,000 Rapanuis from the island to force them to perform forced labor, of which only 16 returned alive to the island. Surely they brought with them the smallpox virus, against which the population of the island had no defenses and that ended up reducing the population from 6000 in 1862 to 111 in only 15 years.

After the slave ships, the Catholic missions came and concentrated the inhabitants in a single physical space, Hanga Roa and Vaihú, where they settled. This strongly modified the settlement patterns and favored the prohibition of ancestral cultural practices.

In 1888, the island was added by the State of Chile and transformed into a sheep farm for industrial breeding. The Rapanui were again isolated in Hanga Roa with the prohibition to circulate in the territory. All these processes of cultural modification made the contemporary culture of Rapanui the result of the community process of adaptation and re-elaboration, based on the collective memory of the 111 survivors.

Today, the Rapanui are proud of their culture and have kept their language, traditions and identity alive over the centuries. The past and the present are visible everywhere and make the island a great open museum. There are hundreds of archaeological sites, ceremonial platforms, ancient villages, huts, crematories and caves that were once inhabited. The island, despite its small size, has an intensely colonized territory and each piece of land, hill and island has a meaning, a name and a tradition.

The Tapati Rapa Nui is the most important festival on the island and, without a doubt, one of the most important in all of Polynesia. For a week (tapati) the families are organized to compete in the election of a queen to represent the island. The Tapati symbolizes the updating of the commitment derived from the implicit obligations in a reciprocal relationship system, which implies that the success of each candidate depends on the goods and services paid by the people to their families. The Tapati takes place every year in the middle of summer, at the beginning of February, with thousands of participants.

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