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Chile: King of Easter Island

National Geographic Adventure picks the 25 best new outfitted trips.
Text by Bonnie Tsui

Chile  |  El Salvador  |  Panama  |  Peru

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Overlooking the full expanse of the Pacific Ocean, Explora's new Posada de Mike Rapu brings high-class hospitality to the remotest inhabited island on Earth. Built using indigenous materials (rauli wood and pizarra stone), all rooms have a view of the sunrise; the Jacuzzi, swimming pool, and glass-walled restaurant reward you for a day's exploration. This tiny island—15 miles (24 kilometers) at its longest and seven and a half miles (12 kilometers) wide—has always packed big mystery; its enigmatic moai, those trademark stone statues, stand sentinel along the rugged coastlines. From the posada, bilingual guides lead daily treks to ancient sites. Offshore, Mike Rapu Diving Center leads scuba tours of the island's lesser known icons: volcanic caverns, bridges, and corals populated by some 130 species of fish, many of them endemic. High-visibility waters (upwards of 120 feet [37 meters]) ensure that you'll see plenty, including a handful of submerged moai.


Outfitter: Explora (

Price: $1,794, including all meals and daily guided exploration

Length: Three nights

Departs: Year-round

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