Top Choice Archaeological Site in Northeast Circuit

Ahu Tongariki

The monumental Ahu Tongariki has plenty to set your camera's flash popping. With 15 imposing statues, it is the largest ahu ever built. The statues gaze over a large, level village site, with ruined remnants scatter…
Top Choice Crater Lake in Southwest Circuit

Rano Kau & Orongo Ceremonial Village

Nearly covered in a bog of floating totora reeds, this crater lake resembles a giant witch's cauldron – awesome! Perched 400m above, on the edge of the crater wall on one side and abutting a vertical drop plunging d…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Northeast Circuit

Rano Raraku

Known as 'the nursery,' the volcano of Rano Raraku, about 18km from Hanga Roa, is the quarry for the hard tuff from which the moai were cut. You'll feel as though you're stepping back into early Polynesian times, wa…
Top Choice Mountain in Northern Circuit

Maunga Terevaka

Maunga Terevaka is the island's highest point (507m). This barren hill is only accessible on foot or on horseback and is definitely worth the effort as it offers sensational panoramic views.
Top Choice Beach in Northeast Circuit


Beach bums in search of a place to wallow will love this picture-postcard-perfect, white-sand beach. It also forms a perfect backdrop for Ahu Nau Nau, which comprises seven moai, some with topknots. On a rise south …
Historic Site in Southwest Circuit

Orongo Ceremonial Village

On the edge of the Rano Kau crater wall on one side and abutting a vertical drop plunging down to the cobalt-blue ocean on the other side, the Orongo ceremonial village boasts a phenomenal setting. It overlooks seve…
National Park in Parque Nacional Rapa Nui

Parque Nacional Rapa Nui

Since 1935, most of Rapa Nui's land and all of its archaeological sites have been a national park administered by Conaf. The park teems with caves, ahu (ceremonial platforms), fallen moai (statues), village structur…
Museum in Hanga Roa

Museo Antropológico Sebastián Englert

This well-organized museum makes a perfect introduction to the island's history and culture. It displays basalt fishhooks, obsidian spearheads and other weapons, circular beehive-shaped huts, the ceremonial houses a…
Archaeological Site in Easter Island (Rapa Nui)

Ahu Tautira

If you've just arrived and can't wait for your first encounter with the moai (statues), head straight to Ahu Tautira. This site overlooks Caleta Hanga Roa, the fishing port in Hanga Roa at the foot of Av Te Pito o T…
Church in Hanga Roa

Iglesia Hanga Roa

The unmissable Iglesia Hanga Roa, the island's Catholic church, is well worth a visit for its spectacular wood carvings, which integrate Christian doctrine with Rapa Nui tradition. It also makes a colorful scene on …