Just Beyond the Moai
It’s a miracle the Polynesian people even reached Rapa Nui. Some 2,300 miles west of South America and more than 1,000 miles from the nearest island, finding Easter Island, especially in a fleet of wooden outrigger canoes, was like discovering the metaphorical “needle in the haystack.” But find it they did, some time between A.D 800 and 1200.
Evidence of the zenith of the Rapa Nui people is littered across the landscape -- giant stone blocks carved into head-and-torso figures that average 13 feet tall and weigh in at an astounding 14 tons. More than 900 of these moai statues are sprinkled across the island, with 400 statues lying in various stages of completion in the island’s rock quarry. Today, the island is inhabited by ancestors of this sophisticated society that sprang up a millennium ago, and then disappeared. Discover for yourself the legend that shrouds the remote island and its mysterious megaliths. To make the most of your luxury adventure vacation to Easter Island, keep in mind these simple travel tips: