Rapa Nui National Park
Rapa Nui National Park
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The landscape of Rapa Nui, the indigenous name for Easter Island, is an eerie exhibit of ancient cultural remnants of an abandoned desert-dwelling people.
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  • Ali921
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom1,475 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning
    I'm not going to tell you why you should visit here, you wouldn't have come so far if you were not interested in Moai. You need a park ticket (USD $72) paid by credit card only. The quarry (Rano Raraku) and crater (Orongo) can only be visited once, others as often as you want and always with a guide. The three places you can visit without a guide are Anakena and Ovahe beaches and Tahai in town. Don't expect to have the place to yourself, always busy.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 30, 2024
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,447 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Giant statues are mysterious
    Rapa Nui National Park harbors the Maio -- giant, mysterious statues on Easter Island. They are so huge, the way they got to their current site overlooking the Pacific is debatable. Known as Easter Island, Rapanui is located, midway between Tahiti and South America; it's part of Chile. Outsiders are fascinated by Rapanui's giant Maio statues, which have featured in several films. Conducted tours are available.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 8, 2024
  • JanetB20102013
    Livingston, New Jersey191 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A magical, mystical, spiritual place. Like nowhere else.
    If you ever have a chance to go to Rapa Nui (Easter Island to gringos:), don't miss it. It is truly a mesmerizing place. Make sure to have a good tour guide take you throughout the island, or you won't get the full story of what you are seeing. Rap Nui is the most remote inhabited place on earth, so it takes some planning and time to get to (only flights are from Santiago). You will not regret the effort
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 1, 2024
  • Brian B
    78 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    LTDA MOAI TOUR
    We took a tour with Travel LTDA, the guide Sebastian spoke perfect English and Spanish, he was as good as you get, really well organised and very informative. A really full day of exploring Moai. Only thing which could have been better, from our point of view was we would have preferred a shorter lunch break which would have allowed time to swim at the last beach stop.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 9, 2024
  • Ron S
    New York City, New York5,712 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rapa Nui National Park
    Rapa Nui National Park is the same as Rano Raraku. You have to buy the tickets online and print it as they stamp it and don't use the QR code for some reason. You must be accompanied by a local guide, it's a new regulation, quite an extortion since you have to fork out $90 for the ticket.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 8, 2024
  • Jose C
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ask for Josie Nahoe Mulloy for your tour guide
    I would like to give the highest compliments to Josefina Nahoe Mulloy. The island of Rapa Nui is an incredible place to visit, and Rapa Nui native Josefina totally made our trip even more awesome. Josefina is kind, knowledgeable, and accommodating. She speaks both English and Spanish, with impeccable fluency. Her knowledge of the historical sights, and spots between the island are enriching. Over the course of the tour she shared the history and culture of the Rapa Nui island and its culture. I shared with her that I believe travels is a way to enrich a person, and she has made me a better person for being around her. I need to add something else... Everywhere we went, she knew someone. She would give Iorana salutations, call them by their name and ask about their family. Most people would stop and hug her. This is not just a native custom, as I did not see other tour guides receive such warmth. Also, I would hear other tour guides with their groups, and clearly they did not have the knowledge that Josefina had about the island of Rapa Nui. I cannot give enough praise about Josefina as a tour guide and person. Humbled and grateful our paths crossed.
    Visited July 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 13, 2024
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Swesty
Cincinnati, OH24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
It's even more fascinating that I expected, especially as told through the experiences of the Rapa Nui people. Hire local guides and the mysteries will unfold. This was a magical experience. We were there three nights and that is about the right amount of time for great hikes, a visit to the museum, sunrises and sunsets. The most intriguing part was the quarry.
Written January 29, 2020
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Aviram M
578 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
We were extremely happy to visit this remote site. Overall it is a must see.
Un reasonable rules, sites that are not maintained, sites that are locked. Rangers that don’t have anything to do or are not present. Must bring a Rapa Nui person with you otherwise you might not be able to enter the most important place. Because of the new rules , I would recommend to come for only 2 and three days all with a guide, don’t rent a vehicle to explore by yourself because of the new limitations.
Written September 7, 2022
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mtfrequentflying
United States178 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
It takes a lot of time and money to get to the Easter Islands. Then you have to pay nearly $90 to enter this park, not wait, you can't enter it on your own. You have to hire a tour guide which will cost you at least another $100 per site to visit this overated site.
It's really not worth going to this place.

The roads going to this site was paved by NASA with US tax payer money and the airport in Easter Island was extended again with American tax payer money with no cost to Easter Island. I really don't understand why this site still charges Americans 4.5 times more than it does for Chillian.

It's really a shame.
Written August 25, 2023
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Kerry from Oz
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Flying from Santiago we had 4 days on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) with the most fantastic guide-Tiare Edmunds, from Maururu Travel. Tiare showed us around the island, explaining some of the legends and history, a lot of which is still unclear, as well as present-day practices of the Polynesian people. We visited various moai sites on the coast and inland as well as the quarry where the gigantic statues were carved. Sunrise and sunset views with the stone figures outlined were spectacular.

NB It is a requirement to have a local guide with you before being able to enter any of the traditional sites.

The people are welcoming and friendly. Life is lived at a slow pace. A performance by the Kari kari dance troupe is certainly not slow and is not to be missed.
Written February 25, 2023
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Robert D
Brooklyn, New York4,185 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
Rapa Nui is a unique spot. It is not easy to get to, but definitely worth visiting. you will need at least two full days to see the park, which has many individual sights. You will also need a guide to explain the significance of the Moai, ruins, and other sights. The history of this island is fascinating and you will marvel at these amazing sculptures.
Written May 17, 2023
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Ron S
New York City, NY5,712 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Rapa Nui National Park is the same as Rano Raraku. You have to buy the tickets online and print it as they stamp it and don't use the QR code for some reason. You must be accompanied by a local guide, it's a new regulation, quite an extortion since you have to fork out $90 for the ticket.
Written May 8, 2024
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Wakhoworld
Sydney, Australia261 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
We did one full day tour and two half-day tours. You have to pay USD80 for a National Park pass (something we were not told before we booked the tours). It's better to get the pass "on-line" than to buy it with the tour company; you might pay a lot more. Walking among the many "Moai" was very special and one of my long time bucket lists. There are a couple of sites you can go to WITH OUT a National Parks pass but you will need a car or car and driver to get around. There is no apparent public transport on the island.
Written July 10, 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,447 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Rapa Nui National Park harbors the Maio -- giant, mysterious statues on Easter Island. They are so huge, the way they got to their current site overlooking the Pacific is debatable. Known as Easter Island, Rapanui is located, midway between Tahiti and South America; it's part of Chile. Outsiders are fascinated by Rapanui's giant Maio statues, which have featured in several films. Conducted tours are available.
Written March 8, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jose C
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
I would like to give the highest compliments to Josefina Nahoe Mulloy. The island of Rapa Nui is an incredible place to visit, and Rapa Nui native Josefina totally made our trip even more awesome. Josefina is kind, knowledgeable, and accommodating. She speaks both English and Spanish, with impeccable fluency. Her knowledge of the historical sights, and spots between the island are enriching. Over the course of the tour she shared the history and culture of the Rapa Nui island and its culture. I shared with her that I believe travels is a way to enrich a person, and she has made me a better person for being around her.

I need to add something else... Everywhere we went, she knew someone. She would give Iorana salutations, call them by their name and ask about their family. Most people would stop and hug her. This is not just a native custom, as I did not see other tour guides receive such warmth. Also, I would hear other tour guides with their groups, and clearly they did not have the knowledge that Josefina had about the island of Rapa Nui.

I cannot give enough praise about Josefina as a tour guide and person. Humbled and grateful our paths crossed.
Written July 13, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

portochulizco
Los Angeles, CA35 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Besides the obvious fact that the place is amazing, the experience itself is horrible. There are many amazing places that have a better experience. The park employees are rude, unwelcoming and overbearing. You have to have a guide or local chaperon at all times inside the different sites and all the staff has zero common sense. They are all acting as if tourism is guaranteed and they’re making a big mistake. I would never recommend Easter Island over Iceland or Greenland or even New Zealand. If you’re hellbent over visiting all you have to do is really lower your expectations.
Written February 27, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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