Where is Easter Island Located?

From: Easter Island Travel Guide

See also: Easter Island ToursEaster Island History

and: What is Easter Island?


Easter Island Location
The island of 'Rapa Nui' as it is also called is politically speaking part of the country Chile which runs along the south west coastline of the Continent of South America.

However geographically speaking it is one of the most remote islands in the World being around 3600 kilometers away from Chile, and containing the most remote airport in the World.

The triangular shaped island is 24.6 kilometers in length and at its widest point 12.2 kilometers across and covers an area of some 24.3 square kilometers.

The main town of Hanga Roa is located along the south western side of the island approximately 4 kilometers away from the Rano Kau volcano which is positioned at the southern tip of the island with the Mataveri Airport moments away from Hanga Roa positioned in between the volcano and the town.

There are roads or major tracks suitable for cars throughout Hanga Roa, which also lead to the airport. One of the main roads cuts roughly through the centre of the island and then loops around the eastern coastline. At the Poike volcano which dominates Easter Islands most easterly tip the road cuts inland around the western side of the base of the Poike Volcano and continues along the coast line.

There are plenty of tracks around the north and western edge of coastline with tracks leading inland to the various sites and attractions such as Ahu Akivi. Access to sites to the south of Hanga Roa such as the Rano Kau Volcano and the important site at Orongo are easily accessible with tracks in the area. The islets of Motu Iti and Motu Nui can be found off the southern tip of Eater Island and are visible from Orongo and the Rano Kau Volcano.

There are several caves around the island, the closest to town lies around two kilometers south of Mataveri Airport along the western coast lies Ana Kai Tangata which contains plenty of cave art the cave is also known as the man eating cave, although the reason for this title is not fully known.

Approximately 6 kilometers further along the coastal path you'll come across the cave with two windows or Ana Kakenga as it is officially called. Another cave of interest is the Ana o Keke located north of the Poike Volcano along the islands rocky shore, although challenging to reach it contains some interesting cave art.


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