Top 5 reasons to visit Chile
When you think of Easter Island, most people think of the statues, called Moais, an island with most of its resources destroyed by man, and a civilisation that has disappeared nearly entirely.
Some of this is true, but if you let this guide your thinking as to whether to visit or not, then you are missing out on some spectacular scenery, very friendly people and a mythical place, as well as not seeing in person the spectacular Moais!
As you are planning your visit I strongly recommend the following guide by James Grant-Peterkin.
When I started planning my trip I needed to find a transit point between Europe and New Zealand. The first point suggested was Chile and immediately my mind went: Easter Island!!! I’ve been dreaming of this place for more than 40 years and at last I could make that come true. And I thought all I would see would be the Moais. Boy was I wrong, the scenery on the island is spectacular, green at times, barren at others, cornered by volcanoes I came away with incredible vistas in my mind.
A couple that come to mind immediately: Rano Kau volcano with its amazing crater and views on the Pacific ocean.
An incredible drive on IPA3 around the west part of the island, you need to be very comfortable driving off-road, to reach Te Peu, where we were met by 2 incredibly friendly dogs and and some wild horses.
Finding an out of the way tiny piece of a beach called Ovahe. When you find this place you think you have found paradise.
While visiting the Moai “factory” as we called it, a walk around the Rano Raraku crater provides more spectacular views.
Chilling with friends on the water front in Hanga Roa drinking Pisco sours and relaxing is also part of the Easter Island experience!
Now let’s go and visit the Moais!!!