explora Rapa Nui, Easter Island

explora Rapa Nui, Easter Island, South America

On Rapa Nui, the world’s most remote inhabited island, marooned approximately 3,700 kilometres from the South American continent, the iconic Moai turn their stony faces away from the sea, ever watchful.

Inside Explora Posada de Mike Rapu, our striking modern hotel located on the island, you’ll do the opposite – with broad ocean vistas from each of its enormous picture windows, it’s a view you won’t want to turn your back on. But despite the hotel’s impressive architecture – a sleek mix of pine and local stone that blends seamlessly into the landscape – it makes minimal impact on the environment, ensuring that your stay on this extraordinary place of heritage and natural beauty will be a responsible one.

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In the Middle of the Pacific

Explora Rapa NuiAt the heart of the Explora experience are the excursions, detailed each evening over a glass of fine Chilean wine before dinner and included in the cost of your stay. There’s a wide choice, from treks up steep volcanoes, cycle rides to the stone heads, horseback rides along the Pacific shore, al fresco picnics and scuba diving or snorkelling in the bright, transparent waters.

Our local guides are fluent in several languages, allowing you to engage more fully with the unusual and fascinating local culture.

In the hotel you’ll find a swimming pool, solar-heated Jacuzzi and an ancestral sauna, and have the chance to enjoy an essential oil massage, lulled into relaxation by the sight and sound of the waves. The ancient Moai may remain a mystery, but experiencing them and their island is an experience never to be forgotten.

Accommodation

The lodge was the first in South America to obtain LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the United States Green Building Council.

The lodge is built on 9.6 hectares (23.7 acres) of land situated on a hill in the Te Miro Oone area, overlooking 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.

Facilities

  • Connected rooms for family plan
  • Outside and inside Dining room with the explora quality cuisine.
  • Inside-Outside Bar
  • Wine tasting: will be organized two times per week. Gracia, Porta, Veranda & Agustinos are the vineries included with red and white wines
  • Store with explora clothing, books and local crafts
  • Library
  • Ceremonial patio
  • Meeting room with capacity for 30 travelers
  • In-room phones with national and international direct dialing service
  • Satellite dish providing permanent communication within Chile and the rest of the World
  • Room service
  • Laundry services
  • Internet connection available. Computers available for travelers use and WiFi in the bar area
  • Outside pool
  • Massage rooms
  • Open air Jacuzzi

Activities

Travelers may participate in one of our diverse explorations that are organized according to group size and traveler preference.

Every day, we offer easy to more difficult walks that, one by one, unveil the secrets and beauty of the island. These walks are combined with picnics on rocky outcrops or along the shore, always in mesmerizing sites.

Each day travelers may choose between 5 or more different explorations that are selected according to climatic conditions, travelers` preferences, length and difficulty.

Location

Easter Island is located at 27º09 south latitude and 109º26 west longitude, 3,700 km from the central coast of Chile. The closest inhabited island is Pitcairn, 1,900 km northwest, and Easter Island’s surface is less than 166 km squared. It is a perfect triangle whose maximum length is 24 km and its maximum width only 12 km.

How To Get There

Fly to Santiago via an international flight. From Santiago, travelers must take a 5-hour flight to Easter Island. You can also arrive to Easter Island flying from Tahiti (Papeete). The flight takes 5 hours. explora staff will greet and transfer travelers to explora Rapa Nui

Climate

Located immediately south of the Tropic of Capricorn, Easter Island possesses a characteristic marine subtropical climate that is profoundly influenced by wind and maritime currents.

The average temperature is 21ºC (70ºF), with highs of 28ºC (82ºF) during the summer and 17ºC (63F) to 21ºC (70ºF) during the winter. May is the wettest month, although it can rain any time of the year.

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