Remote and mysterious Easter Island, or Rapa Nui as the Polynesians call it, lies 2,300 miles off the Chilean mainland coast. It’s not particularly easy or affordable to get to, and so is not really on the South Pacific tourist trail. Its relative isolation has added to its mystique, and gives bragging rights to any intrepid traveler who does make it there. Of course, its main drawing card is the ancient moai, 900-odd monumental stone-carved statues standing enigmatically along the coastal perimeter like sentinels guarding over the land. Who built them, how did they build them and why did they build them? Theories are aplenty (some think it was aliens!) but nobody knows for sure. Check out this one minute video that highlights some of the amazing features of this stunning volcanic island.
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