Rapa Nui is the Polynesian name for the perhaps better known in English, Easter Island. Once a desolated and barren place, visited occasionally by a Chilean warship, tourism to the island has increased exponentially with regular flights from Santiago. The park itself is a UNESCO-inscribed World Heritage Site of over 6800 hectares.
The park and island have, for a tropical rain forest, a relatively mild climate. The lowest temperatures are recorded in July at around 18°c and the highest temperatures are recorded in February at around 28°c. The park has year-round rainfall and due to the island’s wind exposure, temperatures tend to remain cool. If visiting in February it is important to bring high-factor sun protection with you and bring plenty of water to stave of the effects of dehydration. In summer it is advisable to bring a heavy raincoat with you, due to the often unpredictable rain and winds.
It is possible to traverse the park by renting a bicycle, however, to take the park in its entirety it is highly recommended to rent a car.
Getting tickets for the park
Tickets must be purchased in advance of leaving the airport. There is a ticket booth before the arrivals hall in the airport of the island. Tickets cost $60 for all non-Chilean citizens.
The island itself uses a mixture of Chilean Pesos and US Dollars. Many shops and restaurants now have credit card facilities, negating the need to exchange currency before arriving on the island. Be aware, due to the island location of the park, it is not cheap. The reason for this is that most goods (including cars) are by transported by air from Santiago.
The official spoken language on the island is Spanish although some of the indigenous population speak Rapa Nui, a Polynesian derivative closely linked to Tahitian. However, most of those working in the tourism sector will have a strong working grasp of English.
Accident in Rapa Nui National Park?
Accident Accident Helpline has been helping victims in their fight for justice for over a decade now. Our legal team of solicitors and barristers deal with claims for accidents on holiday, even if they occurred outside of the UK. If you’ve been the victim of an accident abroad within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to claim travel accident compensation.
To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice