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How To Get To Easter Island in 2023

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With their enigmatic stone heads captivating the imagination, the moai have been a symbol of unexplainable wonders from a bygone age. It’s one of those type of places that conjures up memories of books you read as a kid and for most people, a place they’d love to visit, but are not sure how to get there.

Easter Island is one of the most isolated islands in the world and when you look at it on the map, there’s really not much surrounding it in the Pacific Ocean. So how can you visit? In this guide, we’ll cover the latest updates for how to get to Easter Island.

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Where is Easter Island?

First things first, where the heck is Easter Island? I think if you asked 100 random people on the street, most will have heard the name but they wouldn’t be able to pinpoint it on a map.

Belonging to the Polynesian Triangle, Easter Island is on the farthest Eastern reaches of the area where traces of Polynesian settlement can be found. It really goes to show how intrepid travelers they were and how good they were at paddling and navigating.

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How isolated is it?

The reason why it’s said to be the most isolated inhabited island in the world is because the closest other inhabited island of Pitcairn is almost 2,000 km (1,243 mi) away. From there, Chile’s coast is 3,700 km (2,299 mi) away and Tahiti is 4,100 km (2,548 mi) away.

From that standpoint, you can see that there’s really nothing around Easter Island, a hint for why the ancient civilization met its eventual downfall.

Who does Easter Island belong to?

In 1888, a “Deed of Cession” was presented and signed by the island’s then King, giving Chile full control over Easter Island indefinitely. As a result, Easter Island is part of the country of Chile and belongs to its Valparaíso region.

Rapanui citizens carry full Chilean citizenship but they don’t have their own administrative autonomy. That said, in 2007 they gained the constitutional status of “special territory” so the hope is that things will eventually change.

The many names of Easter Island

The name Easter Island comes from the Dutch explorer, Captain Jacob Roggeveen in 1722 when they made sight of an island they didn’t have on their charts on Easter Sunday. It was subsequently…

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