Moai that defy possibility, amazing landscape, wonderful people.
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Where I’ve Been
Currency = Chilean Peso.
Interesting. You can have a beach experience, a history experience, a culture experience, or any combination thereof. You can walk along the edge of the ocean and hike to caves, or visit the Moai statues all over the island. Depending on whether you explore on your own or do the touristy stuff will likely impact your finding yourself. But, learning about the culture, which is often best done with a tour guide, may impress you so much that you’re led to self and cultural reflection. Also, sunset will leave you speechless no matter where on the island you are – best time to self reflect.
Excellent. At least in hostels, seemed like most travelers were solo female. The island is very safe, apart from at night when sometimes there isn’t any lighting and the most dangerous thing that might happen is you falling or running in to one of the many horses that freely roam the island. Check out my Female Solo Travel tips page for ideas to stay safe.
Mostly excellent. All toilets are Western, clean, have toilet paper and soap.
Insects, Rodents and Reptiles
Not bad. I traveled in colder weather months and didn’t see any creepy crawlies.
Passport, Visa and Entry/Exit Rules
Easy. It’s always a good idea to check the US government website (or your country’s local government if not the US) for in-depth information as well as the embassy of embassy of Chile website or the US Government travel website. Easter Island is part of Chile so your Chilean Visa will get you into Easter Island. I traveled from Santiago without issue.
Health, Water, etc.
Excellent. I don’t drink tap water most places as a general rule of thumb because different bacteria can cause stomach issues. However, I was led to believe it was ok to drink the tap water in most places. I did brush my teeth with it and didn’t have any issues.
Breezy. Even when it’s warm, it’s an island with frequent rain and wind, so I would call it seasonably warm, at night you’ll want a sweater and a jacket.
Essentials to Pack
Umbrella, sunblock, your camera, your GoPro your sense of awe.
How to Make Friends
It will be hard not to – especially if you hitch-hike which is VERY common on the island – you’ll meet tons of people just by going outside.
What to Do and See
The Moai are a must-see. You will just be baffled and amazed and have to visit as many as time allows you! Beaches are also lovely, the crater, and just driving around the island. You might also like the caves you can hike to, the small local museum and strolling through the town center. Or for something fun, go watch the Kari Kari shows!
Where to Stay
I stayed at the Mihinoa Camping and Hostel. It’s as close to the water as you can get, beautiful sunset, and very, very budget. Camping is cheapest, then there are shared dorm rooms and private rooms. They do have cockroaches, but I think that’s something you will have to expect all over the island.