We were not sure we wanted to go to Easter Island, but as our flight from Tahiti to Santiago stopped there it seemed churlish not to get off. I was also rather intimidated by what I had read about the resort as I am not young and sporty, and enthusiastic reviews of long hikes leave those of us with 2 metal hips somewhat cold. However, our stay at Rapa Nui was a highlight of our 4 month Round the World trip. The island is amazing with wonderful scenery, and the Moai, and we had delightful weather. The guides were very good, tailoring trips to our limitations, but also ensuring that we saw all the major sights. Without exception, the guides were also extremely helpful if the walking got difficult.
The resort itself was outside of the main town, surrounded by farming country. As well as beautiful views, one lunchtime we got a display by "gauchos" in the sense that local farmers on horseback rounded up their cattle. There was also an abundance of bird life at the resort.
We were extremely comfortable in our room, the food was surprisingly sophisticated, and the bar produced a good pisco sour! It all added up to a wonderful few days.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our lodge was the first in South America to obtain LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the United States Green Building Council.Our lodge, which opened in December 2007, was built on 9.6 Hectares (23.7 Acres) of land situated on a hill in the Te Miro Oone area, and overlooks the ocean. This is in south-eastern Rapa Nui, 8 kilometers (4.9 Miles) from Hanga Roa, the most populated part of the island.All of the 30 rooms, which extend to the north and south from a central building, have excellent ocean views. The lodge has welcoming indoor spaces which integrate aspects of the local culture.The design is intended to have minimal impact on its surroundings. The lodge is built on a site which is inappropriate for agricultural use and has no archaeological remains. The flora surrounding the lodge has been maintained intact. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Explora Rapa Nui - Posada De Mike Rapu Hotel Easter Island