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Cruise Port Spotlight: Easter Island, Chile

Cruise Port Spotlight: Easter Island, Chile

Remote, exotic, mysterious, mystical, Easter Island is also known as Isla de Pascua –meaning Easter Island in Spanish, as it was annexed by Chile – and as Rapa Nui in its Polynesian culture. It is, well, a Holy Grail type of place among the world’s most experienced travelers.

This tiny speck of land –63 square miles – in the middle of the Pacific (2,300 miles from Chile and 1,200 miles from its nearest neighbor, Pitcairn Island) was by known accounts first seen by European eyes when Jacob Roggeveen, a Dutch navigator, came upon it in 1722. Those who have studied Easter Island calculate that Polynesians settled here around 700 A.D. It is also believed that the large...