Easter Island Natural Attractions

Natural Attractions

The landscape of the island, characterized by its cliffs and the ocean, gives to the visitor a particular view of its volcanic origin. There are several Easter Island Natural Attractions. Of these beauties the following ones can be emphasized as sites of interest for the tourists:

Maunga Terevaka: highest point (more than 500 ms) on the island. From its top it is possible to see all around the island - a 360° view of the horizon. Here you will see the crater Rano Aroi.

Ana Te Pahu-Roiho Complex: group of volcanic galleries located at the foot of the Maunga Terevaka, in the youngest geologic zone of the island. Many of these caverns have exits towards the cliffs overlooking the sea. Most well-known of these is Ana Kakenga, called 'Cave of the Windows' with a magnificent view of the small, barren island Motu Taurata. These caverns served not only as occasional refuges for the islanders, but in addition, as regular residences. Given their natual humidity, they served as plantation sites where bananas, taro, uhi and sweet potato were grown. Leter, the avocado was grown, as well as the grape and guava of modern times.

Ana Kai Tangata: (Eat Man Cave): this particular cavern is below the volcano Rano Kau, near the village. Cave paintings of birds are seen on the ceiling. According to legend, this cave was used for canabalistic rites (hense its name), although there are many who doubt this story.

Islands or "Motus": in the Rapanui language the word "motu" is translated into "small barren island" and all around the island coast it is possible to observe many motu, like those that are located in front of the Village of Orongo (Motu Nui, Motu Iti, Motu Kao Kao), the Motu Maro Tiri in the bay of Hanga Nui and the Motu Tautara in the west coast of the island. It is possible to visit them in fishing boats. In them are archaeological rests and the evidence of the nest building of the migratory birds so important in the culture of Rapa Nui..

Beaches: Rapa Nui has four sandy beaches of chorale, of which Anakena Beach stands out as perhaps the most beautiful, in surroundings of palms and archaeological restorations. Close to Ovahe Beach, of similar characteristics, they are frequented by the tourists and locals alike. The two others, Pérouse and Hanga Roa Otái, are recognized for the practice of the diving (first) and of surffing (second).