If the stress of mid-year is taking its toll and has made you think more than ever about a getaway or the upcoming National Holidays, Easter Island may be the perfect national destination. And if you also buy with time, within reach of your pocket.
According to data provided by COCHA, so far this year, the demand for Easter Island has increased considerably, ranking fourth among the best-selling national destinations. For example, compared to the first quarter of this year, there has been a 179% increase in the sale of tickets to the destination for the last three months of 2023.
Daiana Mediña, Brand & PR Manager of Cocha Chile, comments that the interest in Rapa Nui is reflected in the fact that "sales are already in sight for January, February, and even March 2024, which would allow the price of the dollar to 'freeze' and buy at more convenient values.
Along with the increase in demand, Chilean airlines have announced the increase in their flights to Rapa Nui to six weekly frequencies, with the aim of supporting the reopening of tourism and connectivity between the continent and the island territory.
Why travel to Easter Island
Thanks to its temperate subtropical climate, any time is good to travel. However, the best time to visit Rapa Nui is the period between March and August, since less rain is experienced on the island, with October generally being the driest month.
There are several reasons why many people consider the island to be a fascinating and unique destination. COCHA shares some of the main reasons why travelers decide to visit it:
Moáis: Easter Island is famous for its impressive moáis, stone statues carved by the ancient inhabitants of the island. These statues, which reach heights of up to 10 meters, are an incredible testimonial to the skill and ingenuity of the Rapanui civilization. Seeing the moai in person is a fascinating and exciting experience.
History and Culture: The island has a unique rich history and culture. The Rapanui, the original inhabitants of the place, have a unique cultural heritage that manifests itself in their language, music, dance and crafts. Exploring the history and culture of the island can be an educational and enriching experience.
Impressive landscapes: The island has exceptional natural beauty. From its sprawling white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters to its dramatic cliffs and volcanic landscapes, Easter Island offers a variety of jaw-dropping settings. In addition, its sunsets and sunrises are spectacular.
Outdoor Activities: Rapa Nui offers a number of outdoor activities to enjoy. You can go hiking and explore the different archaeological sites scattered around the island, snorkel or dive to discover marine life and enjoy activities such as surfing or cycling.
Mystery and riddles: The island still harbors many unsolved mysteries and riddles. The way in which the moai were carved and transported, as well as the collapse of the Rapanui civilization, are topics that have intrigued archaeologists and scientists for years. For lovers of history and puzzles, Easter Island offers fascinating terrain to explore.
The Rano Raraku quarry, Anakena Beach and the Rano Kau volcano
This quarry is the place where the moais were carved and it is there where they can be seen in different stages of carving, from unfinished statues to fully sculpted ones. It is a fascinating place to learn about the process of creating these impressive works of art.
Along with it, there are beautiful beaches where you can enjoy a heavenly atmosphere. Some of the most popular are Anakena and Ovahe where you can swim, snorkel, or just relax on the sand while enjoying the scenery.
In addition, the island offers several hiking trails that allow you to explore its unique landscape. You can hike up to the Rano Kau volcano and enjoy stunning panoramic views from its rim.
How much does it cost to travel to Easter Island?
As in most trips, it is best to buy tickets and packages in advance. According to data from COCHA, the best prices are generally found 40 to 60 days in advance and currently, depending on the dates, you can find tickets from Santiago-Easter Island from $345,000 to travel in September, $322,000 to go in October and $299,000 if you prefer to wait a little longer, and fly in November.
Those who wish to venture on a trip of these characteristics, at COCHA can consult for individualized alternatives and to the taste of the tourist, with a price guarantee, and comprehensive and personalized service before, during and after the trip, as well as 24/7 assistance from an expert when and where needed.