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 Expert
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.
Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Expert
Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.
Mary Anne Nelson - Travel Expert
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 Holidays and Group Tour sales team.
Carrie Gallagher - Travel Expert
A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.
Sally Dodge - Travel Expert
A former Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.
Lina Fuller - Travel Expert
Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.