Chile Easter Island
This volcanic island, isolated in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, is best known for the enigmatic stone heads dotted across its grassy plains and white-sand coves.
Easter Island (Rapa Nui) really is a unique place. Chilean territory but isolated in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, this tiny pimple of volcanic origin, first populated by Polynesians from the west, has become a mesmeric destination for visitors. Once densely forested and fertile, the rugged, hilly island supported a prosperous population which sculpted the island’s enigmatic moai, or giant stone heads. The landscape is now covered by rocky, treeless and unproductive grasslands, beautiful in its gaunt and haunting way, and the coast is defined by rocky coves and the occasional sparkling white beach.
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The weather in Easter Island is wide and varied
Though officially Chilean territory, this volcanic island lies thousands of miles apart from the mainland, isolated in the middle of the Pacfic Ocean. Its climate remains tropical and warm throughout the year, with cool ocean breezes playing over the rolling grasslands and rocky coves. The island is best known for its moai, the enigmatic stone heads dotted across the land, which attract visitors from all corners of the globe. Summer here runs between December - February, with the most visitors arriving at this time to make the most of soaring temperatures (in the high 20°Cs) and less rainfall. The Tapati Rapa Nui festival in the first two weeks of February offers an enthralling range of traditional challenges to spectate, from bare horseback riding to tree climbing competitions, with representatives from local families competing against one another.
The months of April - June and September - November are a good choice if you seek fewer visitors and comfortable, slightly cooler temperatures with lower humidity. Make the most of these conditions to hike to some of the island’s most iconic moai sites, passing jagged cliffs and glittering white beaches.
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Kathryn Rhodes - Travel Consultant
Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.
Ben Line - Travel Consultant
Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Manager of the Tailor-made Department.
Sophie Barber - Travel Consultant
Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia.
Lina Fuller - Travel Consultant
Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.
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After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.
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Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made team.