Destination – Easter Island – Tips

So if you’d like to to Easter Island, here are some points I picked up on the way that hopefully might help you out.

If you’re looking at flights and wondering if you have enough time for the connction, I wouldn’t worry too much about it.  My flight was scheduled to depart at 8:30am but we actually didn’t start boarding until about an hour later.  The gate crew and the flight crew didn’t even arrive until 8:30 so there was plenty of time to make the flight.  I don’t know if this is because I went during the off-season but I personally didn’t see any urgency with any of the LATAM crew to get the flight airborne.

Unless you’re travelling on a budget or in extreme physical shape, I wouldn’t recommend renting a bicycle.  The main road is paved you can easily access the main points via the highway.  That said, it isn’t exactly a stroll in the park.  I made it my first day to far end of the island (from downtown Hanga Roa to Ahu Tongariki) and had to turn back.  The rain didn’t help but the strong winds really hurt any chance for me to gain any momentum to go up hills and the wind made it difficult to stay steady since I was moving so slowly.  With a car, you can see the major points of interest in a couple days.  Side note: I was fortunate enough to have a local stop and offer me a ride back to the city.  

Getting lost is virtually impossible.  When in doubt, stay on the paved roads and it’ll lead you back to some recognizable portion of the island.  The main road is just a big loop going through the center and along the Eastern portion of the island.  However, if you veer off on one of the many dirt paths, all bets are off.  Ultimately you are on an island so you can’t get too lost, but you can certainly put yourself in a situation where if something were to happen to you or your vehicle, getting help could be difficult.

Dos ventanas is a cave that has 2 openings to the cliff edge.  Getting there from the parking lot is about a 20 minute walk and the opening to the cave is fairly small.  The cave really opens up once inside but the first few feet are cramped for sure.  

There aren’t always bathrooms available at all the points of interest and when they are there, they usually charge $1USD or $500 CLP for use.  Just have some small bills or coins just in case.

I’m not advocating this but the thought did cross my mind.  All these areas are outdoors and “guarded” by the ticket stamper at the entrance.  Also, the parks have a set opening and closing time.  I’m not sure how they could or would stop anyone from walking into the site if the ticket stamper is gone after hours.  There were multiple sites I visited that had the booth for the person but there was no one there.  

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