Ahu Tongariki Easter Island Chile

Easter Island

Home to a community of just 5 000 inhabitants, Easter Island or Rapa Nui, as it is known to locals, is a Chilean territory in Polynesia. It has one national park, the Parque Nacional Rapa Nui, which covers most of the island and features the quarry of Rano Raraku where the moai were carved; the volcanic crater of the Rano Kau and the Ahu Tongariki, where 15 moai rest. Easter Island has a colourful history where it was first explored by outsiders in 1722 and named by Dutch naval commander Jacob Roggeveen on Easter Sunday. It was also where Captain Cook and his crew recuperated during one of his many explorations and where, in 1805, a vicious raid by slave traders left a scar in the community. Regardless of its size there is much to do here from scuba diving and snorkelling to cycling and horse riding.

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