Located far from the Chilean mainland, Easter Island is a remote and isolated territory, approximately 2,180 miles (3,510 kilometers) to the west and 1,289 miles (2,075 kilometers) east of Pitcairn Island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean. The island, known for its enormous stone statues called moai, is a testament to the ingenuity of the early Rapa Nui people.
Here are ten fascinating facts that every traveler should be aware of when visiting the island:
1. It’s Home to Nearly 1,000 Moai Statues
Easter Island is best known for its 900-plus moai statues, which were carved between roughly 1100 and 1650.
Moai statues vary in size, with some reaching over 30 feet (9 meters) tall and weighing around 75 tons. The largest ever carved (El Gigante), although it was not fully erected, is about 72 feet (22 meters) tall.
They were primarily carved from volcanic tuff, a soft rock found at the Rano Raraku quarry on Easter Island.