Lone Maoi Statue in Rapa Nui National Park
Rapa Nui National Park
Easter Island Facts & Photos
“In the middle of the Great Ocean, in a region where no one ever passes, there is a mysterious and isolated island; there is no land in the vicinity and, for more than eight hundred leagues in all directions, empty and moving vastness surrounds it. It is planted with tall, monstrous statues, the work of some now vanished race, and its past remains an enigma.” – Pierre Loti
An isolated volcanic island located in the heart of the South Pacific, Rapa Nui National Park is widely known as one of the most isolated destinations in the world.
Colonized around 700 AD by Polynesian settlers whose spiritual beliefs led to the carving of enormous stone statues called Moai, much of the area is dedicated to important archeological sites. The mysteries surrounding how and why these giants of stone were carved continue to fascinate the world today.
Easter Island Cliffs with Moai Statues
After Europeans stumbled upon it in 1722, tales of this exotic island with monolithic stone giants spread throughout the world. Explorers traveled here from far-off lands, most notably Captain James Cook in 1774. Chile eventually took possession of Easter Island in 1888, and it has been a Chilean territory ever since.
Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, Easter Island still displays many of the cultural elements of historical Polynesia today. The park is a protected Chilean wildlife area which concentrates on maintaining the legacy of the Rapa Nui culture.
Intrigued? Here are some fascinating facts and photos of Rapa Nui National Park…