1 Tapati Rapa Nui festival

Discover the mysterious roots of Easter Island’s ancient culture at its carnival (late Jan/early Feb), featuring everything from traditional dancing and singing to hurtling down volcanic slopes on banana trunks.

2 Ahu Tongariki

Fifteen impeccably restored moai (giant statues) line up to be admired against a backdrop of green cliffs and roaring waves.

3 Rano Raraku

This mighty mountain at the heart of Easter Island is where the moai were quarried – and some, too big to move, never left the rock where they were hewn.

4 Orongo

Imagine the mindboggling rituals of the Birdman cult as you gaze out at craggy islets in a sapphire-blue ocean or inwards to a reed-filled crater at one of the island’s most breathtaking natural sites.

5 Juan Fernández flora and fauna

Frolic underwater with fish and sea lions, watch the antics of hummingbirds and observe dozens of endemic species of plant on this treasure island of unique (and painfully fragile) wildlife.

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