Things to see in Easter Island

  • Easter Island
    Easter Island
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Amy Adejokun
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Landscapes

14 miles long and seven and a half miles wide, the island is a land swept by the wind, which prevents vegetation from growing, despite the soil being fertile. Its relief forms a succession of hills bounded here and there by small walls made of black stones. Its coasts are mainly bordered by steep cliffs; Easter Island's scenery is far from the stereotypical image of the Pacific Islands.

Coasts

With few sand beaches and much wind all year long, Easter Island is not a destination for relaxing on the beach. Its coasts, however, offer nice sites for scuba diving and snorkelling.

The fauna and flora

Depending whether they are endemic or imported, the fauna and flora make you think of southern lands, the tropics or Europe. However, there is little diversity compared to other Pacific islands.

Arts and culture

The origins of Rapa Nui culture are Polynesian (from the Marquesas Islands) but these traditions have evolved to form a specific identity which is still in the process of being fully discovered.

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