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Rapa Nui National Park, Chile

From series “Famous Unesco Sites in South America”
Rapa Nui National Park located on Easter Island is a world-famous landmark. Numerous stone sculptures that are called moai were discovered there. The area of ​​the national park is about 7 000 square km. For thousands of years, these places have being the center of volcanic activity. All the statues that were discovered on the island have been made of hardened volcanic rock. Those are nothing more than huge chunks of compressed volcanic ash.

Rapa Nui National Park, Chile The purpose of these statues is so far unknown. Many researchers believe that they had a religious significance. Apart from unusual statues, you can see the outstanding natural attractions in the Rapa Nui National Park. Walks on the slopes of volcanoes are very popular among tourists. Many rare plants grow in this fertile soil. Beautiful lakes have formed in craters over thousands of years. A tour over there will be an unforgettable event.

One of the most interesting areas of the reserve is Rano Raraku. The site is located at the foot of the volcano. Here, about 300 stone statues are set at a relatively small area. One of the largest ritual sites on the island is situated nearby. Many tourists tend to visit Rapa Nui National Park during warmer months, as there are several picturesque beaches in its territory available for swimming. There are many viewing platforms and hiking trails that make walking around the park as comfortable as possible. Next - Galapagos Islands

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Rapa Nui National Park - interactive map

Useful staff nearby

ATM bankomat: 'Banco Santander' located in 11 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Tekarera Kainga Ora & Kainga Nui' is located in 10 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'PUNA VAI' in 12 km
Supermarket: 'Moe Roa' in 12 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Te Ra'ai restaurant étnico Rapa nui' in 4.6 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Mataveri International Airport IPC - in 12 km
 Cities nearby

Best hotels near Rapa Nui National Park

Cabañas Te Pito Kura

Located in 9 km from Rapa Nui National Park
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Rooms: 8
Cabañas Te Pito Kura are equipped with full kitchen facilities that include comfortable dining areas. Bungalows feature plenty of light, seating … More: photo, rates and booking
Residencial Chez Tita et Lionel

Located in 10 km from Rapa Nui National Park
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Rooms: 4
With large windows overlooking the sea, rooms at Chez Tita et Lionel are very bright. All of them have private bathrooms. A continental breakfast is … More: photo, rates and booking
Tekena Inn

Located in 11 km from Rapa Nui National Park
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Rooms: 11
Providing a tranquil environment, the rooms in Tekena Inn feature fans and private bathrooms. Guests at Tekena Inn are provided free on-site parking. … More: photo, rates and booking
Vaihinapera Lodge

Located in 12 km from Rapa Nui National Park
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Rooms: 1

Nearest unique sightseeing spots to visit

Easter Island
5 km - Easter Island
The Easter Island, located in the boundless Pacific Ocean, is one of the most difficult and mysterious places on Earth. This tiny island in the South-East Pacific was known worldwide thanks to 'Moai' statues. In total, there are 887 stone stands on the ister …
1922 km - Pitcairn
To the South of Pacific there is a nice island of Pitcairn. It is the largest island of the archipelago of the same name. The area of ​​this island is a little more than 4.5 square km. According to recent data, about 50 people live there constantly. The history of …
2773 km - Patagonia
The special place among the most interesting paleontological areas of the planet is occupied by Patagonia. Here an ancient cemetery of fossils was discovered. Remains could belong to the seven species of ancient dinosaurs. Among the many artifacts there were incredibly …

Top destination around Rapa Nui National Park - Hanga Roa

The waterfront in Hanga Roa is a pleasant place where tourists can take a stroll, admire the ocean view, and see how waves crash into the pier. The sound of the ocean is so enchanting that many tourists spend hours admiring the view and meditating. The clear blue sky looks particularly attractive from the waterfront because it is possible to see how white airplanes reminiscent of giant birds land on the island’s airport.

It would be a mistake to fail to mention a popular public area – the town’s beach. This is a great place to sunbathe. The beach is almost completely covered with soft green grass. It is never too hot here most of the time because numerous palm trees make the area shadowy. That being said, the area is not suitable for swimming because of sharp stones on the bottom near the beach. Despite this, the area is very interesting to explore. There are quite many large turtles in the coastal area. These are the main oceanic creatures on the island.
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