Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsTravel

If you go to Easter Island

November 06, 2011
  • Scattered about Easter Island are nearly 900 stone faces known as moai, 6?1/2? to 30 feet tall and weighing up to 270 tons. These are at the Rano Raraku quarry.
Scattered about Easter Island are nearly 900 stone faces known as moai,… (Dan Falk, Dan Falk )

THE BEST WAY TO EASTER ISLAND

From LAX, American and LAN offer connecting service (change of plane) to Easter Island. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $1,069, excluding taxes and fees.

Just two degrees south of the Tropic of Capricorn, Easter Island enjoys a pleasant climate year-round, but take rain gear and expect occasional strong winds. Peak tourist season is from January to March, and prices rise accordingly.

WHAT TO DO

Many companies offer complete tour packages. I traveled with California-based A Classic Tours Collection ([310] 373-1001, http://www.aclassictour.com), which also arranged half-day and full-day ground tours on the island. There are car, motorcycle, scooter and bike rentals on the island, though I relied on minibus tours arranged by A Classic Tours.

WHERE TO STAY

All of Easter Island's hotels are in and around Hanga Roa and offer airport transfers. Budget options begin at around $100 for a double.

I stayed at the Hotel Vai Moana (http://www.vai-moana.cl), where doubles begin at $115, including breakfast and airport transfers. The hotel has an excellent restaurant, and reasonably dependable Wi-fi is available in the lobby. Hotel staff can arrange half-day and full-day island tours through local tour operators.

TO LEARN MORE

"The Complete Guide to Easter Island," by Shawn McLaughlin, Easter Island Foundation.

For general information, including tour packages and hotels: http://www.easterislandtourism.com

http://www.easterisland.southpacific.org

http://islandheritage.org

Advertisement
Los Angeles Times Articles
|
|
|