So im looking to include Easter Island into my South/Central America trip which will be starting early next year ... was wondering if anyone on here could give me some 1st hand advice on the island?
What time of year is best for good weather conditions?
Must do's & donts?
Cheap airline to use from either south or central American country? (ive yet to decide where i shall fly from and back to)
I thank you please
I went to Easter Island in August 2007, and flew in from Santiago- the only place in South America where you can fly from. There is a daily service from LAN Chile, which is about the only way of getting in, unfortunately. I do think there is a flight from Tahiti as well, although I'm not sure. The flights are always expensive- I did mine as a part of a round the world package, so I technically flew for free. I think the fares are usually around 600 USD, give or take.
Easter Island is pretty small, and the 4 days/4 nights I spent there were enough, although I quite like the island and could've easily stayed longer too. However, it's possible to cover all the sights in about 3 days.
I rented a horse and rode around by myself- getting lost is virtually impossible as the island is so small. However, it feels kind of deserted and being alone hightened that. I would definately recommend horseback! For some of the sights further away, I got a car and a driver as there is no public transport. Everyone on the island is a tour guide
If you happen to be on the island on a Sunday, the church service is worth checking out. It's pretty unique.
There are little accommodation booths at the airport, and you can choose a guesthouse from there. Feel free to haggle! They usually provide the transport back to the airport as well on departure day.
Easter Island is a wonderful experience, and I would totally recommend it if you can afford it! I've never found anything quite so eerie and isolated in the world since.
Yeah i kinda browsed the 'Travel Guide' section soon after posting this, ... where i realised i would be flying out from Chile.
Just browsed the LAN website, very regular service which is awesome, also the price doesnt change much if say i was to book for flights for 1 months time or 8 months time! ... that works out well as im not 100% sure of what time of year i will arrive in Chile.
Surf is possible on Easter Island, again im currently researching whens best for this ... this will result in me increasing the length of time i spend on this island im sure!
Im also contemplating flying from Easter Island to Tahiti but have been put off by how exspensive other travellers have said it is, not to mention the return flight back to mainland!! ... can anyone comment on this location??
Thanks for your input Ofelia
I really liked Easter Island when I was there a few years ago. It's unlike anywhere else on earth for the statues that you would most likely know it for. The history of which they know or at least think they are starting to know is really amazing.
By South America standards it was expensive but then when you are over 1000 miles from the mainland with everything having to be imported, you kind of expect things to be a fair bit more and it is worth it. Having said this by European standards it is still cheap. It's a tiny treasure in amongst a huge ocean that you should not miss out on if you get the chance.
From what I found when I did my research the weather is a bit unpredictable most the year round. I went in July and the weather was good for a couple of the days i.e. no rain and not arctic but still jumper weather and on the other two days it rained a bit but had dry periods as well. January - May is meant to be when the weather is warmest but May is meant to be the wettest month and June & July are also meant to be wet. For the driest weather November - February are meant to be the best, but even those months will get rain some days.
As for the airlines as far as I am aware you only have one option and that is Lan Chile but things may have changed since 2006. Airfares can change considerably depending on how far in advance you book. If you travel at a busy time you could pay three or four times the price that you would have had you booked 6 or so months in advance when you first figured out the dates.
I'd allow a minimum of 3 days but ideally 4 for the island. You could spend more if you just wanted to relax the whole time, but I could think of better places to go if all you wanted to do is relax.
[ Edit: Edited on 28-Aug-2009, at 04:17 by aharrold45 ]