Easter Island can easily be chosen as one of the most fabulous and spectacular holiday destinations of the world. Also known as Rapa Nui, Easter Island is a Polynesian island located in the southeastern Pacific Ocean. The place attracts a huge number of tourists from all over the world who come to experience the breathtaking attractions of this tiny island. Between the year 1250 and 1500, the Rapa Nui people carved gigantic human figures from rock on Easter Island’s Chilean Polynesian island. These carved monolithic statues are known as Moai and are placed on stone platforms, called Ahu.
This island is also known for the rock art carvings, paintings, and motifs symbolizing human spirit and depicting changing socio-economic conditions and the balance of power. Initially, this island was inhabited by a small group of people and came to be known as the ‘navel of the world’.
Nearly every Moai features excessively large heads compared to their bodies. These statues represent the sacred ancestors. Of all the Moai, the tallest is called Paro. Paro is about 10 metres high and weights about 82 tons. At Ahu Tongariki, there is an unfinished shorter but heavier Moai weighing 86 tons. Had it been finished, it would have been nearly 69 feet or 21 metres tall weighing about 270 tons.
Apart from the large heads, the Moais also feature large, broad noses and bold chins, rectangular ears and deep eye slits but no legs. They seem to be carved in squatting positions with their arms extending in different directions.
The Easter Island is one of the most spectacular holiday destinations with a number of quality hotels and holiday resorts that make the place one of the most sought after places to visit. A tourist can choose any of these class facilities for a memorable stay to experience a lovely getaway from the city.
Easter Island, Chile