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Known locally as Rapa Nui, Easter Island is a small triangle of volcanic rock, located on the mid-Pacific, around 3,800 kilometres off the Chilean coast.

The island and its mysterious stone faces have always been the subject of intense curiosity and speculation. Where did the islanders come from? How did they transport the massive moai from their quarry to their current locations? All of these and so many more are questions that remain unanswered.

A visit to Easter Island can easily be added on to any trip to mainland Chile, and a stay here will include a visit to some of the numerous moais that cover the island.  Flying time is five hours from Santiago.

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  • Where: Valparaíso Region, Chile