Living our island’s experience is more intense than imagined.

Rapa Nui, is the most isolated island in the Pacific Ocean. Located in one of the vertices of the Polynesian triangle in the Oceanic continent. Crib of great artists and of a living culture that’s unique in the world. Its first inhabitants called this island “Te Pito o te Henua”, the navel of the world. It has a population of around 10.000 inhabitants, which mainly live in Hanga Roa town. In this isolated place, a great Civilization was developed, which created a unique writing system, achieved a surprising construction level and gave form to a lifestyle based in union and respect. Rapa Nui is now one the biggest outdoor museums in the world and its most known archeological legacy are around 300 ahu (or ceremonial centers for its ancestors) which have one or more Moai over them. In total it is possible to identify over 1.000 Moai and more than 4.000 petroglyphs which represent different cultural and artistic manifestations. To get to know and discover part of this surprising and millenary culture, it’s necessary to stay and follow the trails and circuits. When you walk around the route you realize why it was declared World’s Heritage by UNESCO in 1995, the whole Park is a historical monument.

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  • The World Health Organization declares the end of the global health emergency due to covid 19

    "It is with great hope that I declare the end of COVID-19 a global health emergency." In this way, the director-general of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, announced the news that represents the symbolic end of the devastating pandemic that caused lockdowns and altered the economy around the world.It is great news for Rapa Nui, since now, our visitors will be able to enter the island without having to present documents or medical examinations that, depending on the result, allow...

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  • Tapati Rapa Nui 2023!

    With a powerful message towards Women, Vai Tiare Flores Riroroco was crowned Queen of the Tapati Rapa Nui 2023, a cultural festival that values the legacy of our ancestors and keeps us as a living culture.After almost 3 years of confinement, product of the pandemic, Rapa Nui opened up to the world to share the celebration of this party with all visitors. What began as "the spring festival", a celebration for the Rapanui as a tribute to our ancestors, is now an instance to share the culture among ourselve...

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  • Extraordinary archeological find in Rano Raraku lagoon

    Product of the fire registered in the Rano Raraku volcano, on October 4, a team of volunteer scientists from the University of Chile, U. Andrés Bello and U. O'higgins, came to Rapa Nui to collaborate with Ma'u Henua and Conaf, in the recovery of the wetland. On Monday, February 20, these volunteers were working inside the crater of this site, when they unexpectedly found a possible moai, so they notified it.The Heritage and Conservation Unit of the Ma'u Henua Indigenous Community went to inspect the grou...

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  • Mandatory Guide

    We want you to get to know our cultural legacy and values gifted by our ancestors. For that, it is mandatory to visit the Rapa Nui Park sites along with a local accredited guide or a Rapa Nui adult (over 18 years old).

    They will help you understand in detail the importance of each site, along with guiding you carefully throughout the trails and stations designed to allow you to have the best experience in our island.

    In this website you can find the database with all the accredited guides and tour ...

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  • Fire in Rano Raraku

    The morning of October 4th, the volcano Rano Raraku was reached by a devastating fire that affected the crater, the wetland and the surroundings of it. This fire was controlled after two days in October 6th. 

    This fire generated a huge and irreversible damage for our cultural and environmental heritage, considering the archeological and scenic damage.

    It is estimated that at least 30 Moai were calcinated, along with other valuable archeological remains located on the inside and outside of the ...

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  • Rapa Nui National Park Rules

    The Park’s normative requires the visitors to buy the entrance ticket and to enter the sites with a local accredited guide or with a Rapa Nui adult (over 18 years old).

    Do not touch. Avoid the accumulative impact. Respect our archeological vestiges by keeping distance and staying inside the trails. Respect the marked perimeters. Do not enter. Avoid fines and jail. (law Nº 17.288).The use of drones is not allowed in the park. Photographs and fi...

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  • Rescuing Mata Ŋa Rahu

    Ŋa Rahu, located in Orongo, is a group of huge rocks carved with petroglyphs related to the Tangata Manu ceremony, is one of the sites in the Rapa Nui Park that is endangered, because of the evident risk of falling from the cliff and losing them forever.

    Due to the concern for the erosion of the cliff and the state in which Mata Nga Rahu is right now, member of the World Monument Fun arrived to Rapa Nui, who along with Ma’u Henua are developing a project that considers two key elements: a techni...

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Origin
Discover Rapa Nui

Rapa Nui emerged between 3.000.000 and 200.000 years ago from the bottom of the ocean when submarine volcanic cones, product of the movement of the tectonic plates, formed mountains as high as 3.000 meters. Part of these volcanic cones is what we now know as Rapa Nui, with a triangle shape and an area of 166km. From the ancient volcanos of the island, Rano Raraku and Rana Kau are two of the most visited craters. Poike, which is the oldest volcano is located on the East corner while Terevaka, the highest peak with 507 meters over sea level, is located in the middle of the island.

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In the most isolated inhabited place in the world, we maintain our cultural legacy and values gifted by our ancestors.

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    Tahai Ceremonial Center

    These are grand Moai statues over Ahu Tahai and Ahu Ko te Riku, in this last one is where you can appreciate the only Moai with eyes in Rapa Nui

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    Ahu Akivi

    A representation of the explorers that came from Hiva following Haumaka’s dream

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    Panoramic View of Rapa Nui

    Huge extensions of land in the interior of the island formed by small and soft hills, which shape a landscape with green tones product of the different types of flora.

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    Aerial view of ahu Toŋariki

    Restored in the 90’s decade, it’s the last restoration done in the Rapa Nui National Park.

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    Aerial view of the crater of Rano Raraku volcano

    A hugely important site, cradle to all of the Moai built and spread around the island.

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    Aerial view of the mother rock that forms the wall of the Rano Raraku volcano

    You can observe the cuts in the rock made by the ancestors for the construction of the Moai

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    Aerial view of Rapa Nui from the SW extreme where the crater of the Rano Kau volcano is located

    You can appreciate the triangle shape and the vertices of the island formed by Terevaka and Poike on the other end.

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    Aerial View from the NE extreme of Rapa Nui, where Poike is located

    One of the most eroded areas in the island.

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    Oroŋo’s ceremonia village

    Aerial view of the houses that were inhabited during the Tangata Manu period. These houses were restored in the 70’s.

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    Rapa Nui Curanto

    Cooking method that used hot stones. In the picture you can see the Rapa Nui hands used for the work in community.

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    Ahu Nau Nau

    One of the prettiest and most iconic ceremonial platforms. Signals the site where the first inhabitants disembark along with its King Hotu Matu’a.

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    The best sunsets in Rapa Nui

    Characteristic colors of the sunset which everyday surprises us.

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    Mata ŋa rahu

    Petroglyph zone related to the Tangata Manu competition, in Orongo’s ceremonial village. Nowadays endangered due to the erosion.

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    Night shot of Orongo’s ceremonial village

    Style of houses built with low-rise flagstone and roof covered with grass

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    Aerial view of the houses of Oroŋo’s ceremonial village

    Located between the Rano Kau crater and the cliff. In the picture you can appreciate the shape of the houses and the sealings covered in grass.

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    Sunset at Tahai’s ceremonial center

    You will be able to enjoy in situ this beautiful sunset view.

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    View from the wall at Rano Raraku volcano

    Moai that were ready and were left waiting for its transportation to its final destination at different Ahu of the island.

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    View from the wall at Rano Raraku volcano

    Statues that were finished at the sides of the volcano Rano Raraku waiting to be transported.

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    Panoramic view of Haŋa Rau and Ahu Nau Nau

    Archeological site where the first inhabitants disembark along with its King Hotu Matu’a.

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    Ahu Toŋariki

    Located close to Rano Raraku, is the biggest Ahu that has been restored and today counts with 15 perfectly aligned Moai.

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    Ahu Toŋariki

    Located close to Rano Raraku, is the biggest Ahu that has been restored and today counts with 15 perfectly aligned Moai.

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    Motu iti, Motu Nui and Motu Kao Kao

    Aerial view of part of Orongo’s ceremonial village, Mata Nga Rahu and the three islets close to Rapa Nui in the SW extreme of the island, called Motu iti, Motu Nui and Motu Kao Kao

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    Aerial view of Rapa Nui from the SW extreme where the crater of the Rano Kau volcano is located

    You can appreciate the triangle shape and the vertices of the island formed by Terevaka and Poike on the other end.

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    Shades of Rano Raraku volcano

    You can see how its silhouette is part of the landscape. Right in front, the 15 Moai of Ahu Tongariki are admiring it with admiration and respect.

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    Aerial view of the remains of an ancestral village

    You can appreciate parts of the foundation of a Hare Paenga (houses used in ancient times), a perfectly well conserved manavai or greenhouse, built with rocks that protect the plants from the wind and provides them with humidity, and parts of an Ahu associated to this village. It’s very common to see these types of archeological remains close to the Ahu built along the coasts of Rapa Nui.

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    Paeŋa or carved stones used as foundation for the construction of ancestral housings.

    The houses had the shape of an upside-down boat. The Paenga have a rectangular shape with holes in the upper side that served to set sticks from one extreme while the other extreme went on the opposite side giving shape to the frame of the sealing of the house which was later covered with grass.

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