Easter Island Travel Guide

By | August 11, 2021

Easter Island is located in the middle of the South Pacific east of Tahiti, west of Valparaiso in Chile and southwest of the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador ), making it the most remote inhabited region in the world.

The island is best known for its monumental stone sculptures, the Moais are called. Easter Island has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage as the Rapa Nui National Park since 1995.

Today the island lives for the most part from tourism. Local guides offer tours in numerous languages, including German. The attractions of Easter Island can be reached by off-road vehicle, on horseback or on quite strenuous hikes.

The attraction that draws most visitors to Easter Island is of course Rano Raraku, according to legend, the birthplace of the Moais. There are more than 300 stone statues of different sizes on volcanic slopes and around a volcanic lake, some completed, some unfinished. Nearby is Ahu Tongariki, the largest ceremonial platform in all of Polynesia. Here 15 large statues were erected again.

As a country located in Oceania defined by ehealthfacts.org, Easter Island is well known as a travel destination at the highest level. This holiday area is not only known for luxury stays and glamorous hotels, but also as a retreat from everyday stress. Pure relaxation is possible here – enjoy your stay. Even if Easter Island is one of the most species-poor regions in the South Pacific, the view is still unique. There are only about 30 native seed plants on Easter Island. The reason for this is that the island is very isolated and there was little contact with the mainland. But even this does not detract from the beauty of Easter Island.

Also, only a few birds came to the island and so is the animal world in addition to the sparse floramanage able on land. But the water world is all the richer. Divers and friends of snorkeling will be delighted. If you don’t enjoy underwater excursions, the wide beaches invite you to take a walk.

Easter island climate

Easter Island has both tropical and subtropical climatic characteristics. The temperatures are subtropical and are much lower than on the more southern Pacific islands. The thermometer averages only 21 ° C. The lower temperature also ensures that, despite the high humidity of 70 – 90%, the humidness known from tropical countries is missing. In addition, Easter Island is no longer in the area that is crossed by the tropical cyclones. But a strong northeast wind blows constantly.

The tropical influence on Easter Island can be seen in the relatively low daily and annual temperature fluctuations. The amount of rain can also be described as tropical. It is usually 1,200 – 1,400 mm per year. At higher altitudes, more than 1,600 mm of precipitation is possible. However, the amount varies a lot from year to year, a rather subtropical feature. Only 700 mm, but also 2,100 mm, can be measured annually. However, rain falls throughout the year, which underlines the tropical influence.

On Easter Island, a cooler and more humid season and a warmer and drier season can be distinguished.

Warmer and drier it is from September to March. The peak values ​​are reached in January and February with 19 (at night) to 29 ° C (during the day). The months with the least rain are November and February, but with little rain it only means that it rains a little less.

It is cooler and more humid in the other half of the year from April to August. It gets coldest in July and August with 15 – 20 ° C. Most of the rain falls in April and May.

Although it rains a lot on Easter Island, the sun shines a lot longer than in Germany at 2,500 hours per year. Because after the precipitation, the sun quickly comes out again. Uniform gray for days is unknown.

The average water temperature on Easter Island is 18 ° C.

Easter Island Travel Guide

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Area: 163.6 km²

Population:
4,888 residents (2010 estimate, National Statistical Office of Chile). Composition: Rapanui 60%, European and Mestizo 39%, Amerindian 1%.

Population density: 30 residents per km²

Capital: Hanga Roa (3,304 residents, 2002 census)

Highest point:
Maunga Terevaka, 507 m

Lowest point: Pacific Ocean, 0 m

form of government: Easter Island was annexed by Chile on September 9, 1888 and is today a department of the Chilean Región de Valparaiso. Every four years, a six-person council is elected for the Hanga Roa community, one of the members becomes mayor.

Head of State: Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, since March 11, 2010

Head of Government: Provincial Governor Carmen Cardinali, since September 8, 2010

Language: The official language on Easter Island is Spanish

Religion: most of the population is Catholic.

Local time: CET – 7.

Summer time from the second Sunday in October to the second Sunday in March, corresponds to CET – 6 hours.
The time difference to Central Europe is 8 hours in summer and 6 hours in winter.

International phone code: + 5632

Internet code:.cl Mains

voltage: 220 V, 50 Hz