My husband and I spent New Year's Eve at Explora on Easter Island. There is much more to the island than just the massive stone heads…. theories about how they were carved and moved, their meaning and the lifestyle of the people who made them is fascinating. Three to four nights is plenty to see everything.
Explora is the best place to base your stay. It is an attractive lodge with modern design and tropical island feel. All of the sleeping rooms are spacious and attractive with views towards the sea. The dining experience was great…good food and charming staff (both local and from the Chile mainland.)
Those guests used to the meticulous planning and precise timing of Explora excursions in Patagonia will find a more relaxed and flexible atmosphere here, although the basic process is the same with guests choosing their activities for the next day during the cocktail hour the night before. If the activity that you would like to do is not offered, ask for it anyway. Often your wishes can often be accommodated.
All of the hotel guides are local and varied in their level of skill and ability to explain the island’s archaeology. It seemed that most of their knowledge about the Rapa Nui culture came from tales they had heard from their elders and their own observations of the archaeological ruins. As a result, frequently there were different interpretations of what we were seeing. It’s helpful to read a comprehensive book about the history and archaeology of the island (such as Flenley and Bahn’s "The Enigmas of Easter Island" before you go.
- 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