Rapa Nui National Park
Rapa Nui National Park
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The landscape of Rapa Nui, the indigenous name for Easter Island, is an eerie exhibit of ancient cultural remnants of an abandoned desert-dwelling people.
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  • Kerry from Oz
    5 contributions
    This fascinating island is still a mystery
    Flying from Santiago we had 4 days on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) with the most fantastic guide-Tiare Edmunds, from Maururu Travel. Tiare showed us around the island, explaining some of the legends and history, a lot of which is still unclear, as well as present-day practices of the Polynesian people. We visited various moai sites on the coast and inland as well as the quarry where the gigantic statues were carved. Sunrise and sunset views with the stone figures outlined were spectacular. NB It is a requirement to have a local guide with you before being able to enter any of the traditional sites. The people are welcoming and friendly. Life is lived at a slow pace. A performance by the Kari kari dance troupe is certainly not slow and is not to be missed.
    Visited February 2023
    Written February 25, 2023
  • Robert D
    2,683 contributions
    A Must-See
    Rapa Nui is a unique spot. It is not easy to get to, but definitely worth visiting. you will need at least two full days to see the park, which has many individual sights. You will also need a guide to explain the significance of the Moai, ruins, and other sights. The history of this island is fascinating and you will marvel at these amazing sculptures.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written May 17, 2023
  • Petrus61
    Nice, France2,786 contributions
    A unique place to visit
    We spent two days and a half to visit the major historical sites in Râpa Nui. The most important sites (such as the place on the volcano where most of the Moai were made) require an hour or so to visit while others only require half an hour or less. However, it is nice to spend some time reflecting on those incredible monuments about which remain some mystery (why were most of the Moai face down after the 17th century ? ). Our guide gave us the best to date explanations, yet many questions remain.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 28, 2023
  • Wakhoworld
    Sydney, Australia260 contributions
    Happy Daze in the National Park
    We did one full day tour and two half-day tours. You have to pay USD80 for a National Park pass (something we were not told before we booked the tours). It's better to get the pass "on-line" than to buy it with the tour company; you might pay a lot more. Walking among the many "Moai" was very special and one of my long time bucket lists. There are a couple of sites you can go to WITH OUT a National Parks pass but you will need a car or car and driver to get around. There is no apparent public transport on the island.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written July 9, 2023
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mtfrequentflying
United States71 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Couples
It takes a lot of time and money to get to the Easter Islands. Then you have to pay nearly $90 to enter this park, not wait, you can't enter it on your own. You have to hire a tour guide which will cost you at least another $100 per site to visit this overated site.
It's really not worth going to this place.

The roads going to this site was paved by NASA with US tax payer money and the airport in Easter Island was extended again with American tax payer money with no cost to Easter Island. I really don't understand why this site still charges Americans 4.5 times more than it does for Chillian.

It's really a shame.
Written August 25, 2023
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Wakhoworld
Sydney, Australia260 contributions
May 2023 • Friends
We did one full day tour and two half-day tours. You have to pay USD80 for a National Park pass (something we were not told before we booked the tours). It's better to get the pass "on-line" than to buy it with the tour company; you might pay a lot more. Walking among the many "Moai" was very special and one of my long time bucket lists. There are a couple of sites you can go to WITH OUT a National Parks pass but you will need a car or car and driver to get around. There is no apparent public transport on the island.
Written July 10, 2023
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Petrus61
Nice, France2,786 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
We spent two days and a half to visit the major historical sites in Râpa Nui. The most important sites (such as the place on the volcano where most of the Moai were made) require an hour or so to visit while others only require half an hour or less. However, it is nice to spend some time reflecting on those incredible monuments about which remain some mystery (why were most of the Moai face down after the 17th century ? ). Our guide gave us the best to date explanations, yet many questions remain.
Written May 28, 2023
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Robert D
Brooklyn, New York2,683 contributions
Mar. 2023 • Solo
Rapa Nui is a unique spot. It is not easy to get to, but definitely worth visiting. you will need at least two full days to see the park, which has many individual sights. You will also need a guide to explain the significance of the Moai, ruins, and other sights. The history of this island is fascinating and you will marvel at these amazing sculptures.
Written May 17, 2023
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia18,330 contributions
Mar. 2023 • Couples
We never thought we would actually get here as it is so far from anywhere, however, as it turns out a pacific cruise was the best option for us, this is definitely a must see attraction, the history is fascinating, visiting the Moai (statues) and surrounding area, gave us a feeling of peacefulness.
Written April 5, 2023
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Lee K
Prairie Village, KS1,036 contributions
Feb. 2023
The location of the only statues that face the ocean. They are facing toward the original homeland. They are called the seven sailors.
Written February 28, 2023
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Kerry from Oz
5 contributions
Feb. 2023
Flying from Santiago we had 4 days on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) with the most fantastic guide-Tiare Edmunds, from Maururu Travel. Tiare showed us around the island, explaining some of the legends and history, a lot of which is still unclear, as well as present-day practices of the Polynesian people. We visited various moai sites on the coast and inland as well as the quarry where the gigantic statues were carved. Sunrise and sunset views with the stone figures outlined were spectacular.

NB It is a requirement to have a local guide with you before being able to enter any of the traditional sites.

The people are welcoming and friendly. Life is lived at a slow pace. A performance by the Kari kari dance troupe is certainly not slow and is not to be missed.
Written February 25, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

192Shopper
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK138 contributions
Dec. 2022 • Friends
Breathtaking, absolutely indescribable the scale of the place is out of this world, who knew that there was a thousand of these heads and that some have bodies they go 3 or 4 meters below the ground
It is a crying shame that so many have been vandalised
If you are planning to visit you can not get in unless you have a local guide with you or you will be refused entry
Written December 5, 2022
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Stephane L
3 contributions
Nov. 2022
One of the most iconic places on the planet, and you get to see exactly what's on all those beautiful pictures you can find. Extremely glad to have been able to move Easter Island from the dream column to the sweet memory column of our bucket list... A fascinating experience.

On the negative side is the recurrent feeling that, as a tourist, you're just subject to be squeezed out of the most money possible while they have you there. Latest idea: while the entry price for a visitors pass is already quite expensive (80 US$), they have now added on a new requirement: you cannot enter any site any more without being accompanied by a guide, or a "local resident" (who you have to tip each time, of course). We haven't seen that rule documented anywhere, but pretty much all actors associated with the archeological sites were in unison to strictly enforce it anyway. It felt quite like extortion, which left a real stain on our otherwise beautiful experience...
This attitude will end up killing the goose with the golden eggs...
Written November 27, 2022
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Aviram M
486 contributions
Sep. 2022 • Couples
We were extremely happy to visit this remote site. Overall it is a must see.
Un reasonable rules, sites that are not maintained, sites that are locked. Rangers that don’t have anything to do or are not present. Must bring a Rapa Nui person with you otherwise you might not be able to enter the most important place. Because of the new rules , I would recommend to come for only 2 and three days all with a guide, don’t rent a vehicle to explore by yourself because of the new limitations.
Written September 7, 2022
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