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Know Before You Go
- Easter Island has 2 ATMs, but only one accepts all card types. Head to the ATM of Santander if you have a Visa card as the machine outside the Banco Estado only accepts Cirrus, Maestro and Mastercard.
- The official currency on the island is the Chilean peso, but the exchange rate won't be as favourable. Before arriving, withdraw and exchange enough cash in Santiago if you want to save money.
- If you plan on visiting Anakena beach, be cautious when walking under the palm trees. The wind on the island is strong and if you aren't careful one of the coconuts might fall and hit you.
- Upon arrival, you'll need to buy entrance for Rapa Nui National Park to see the island's famous sites like Rano Raraku and Orongo. Tickets can be CLP 52,000 per person.
- If you are travelling to Easter Island on a budget, one of the best ways to save money is to camp. If you have your own gear, prices start at CLP 4,500 per person, or you can rent tents, mattress and sleeping bags for CLP 5,500.
Getting Around Easter Island
- The best way to get around the island if you aren't in a rush is to walk. All the interesting places around the town are close to each other, and it's a great way to get your bearings in this remote territory. There are also a few walks to caves, viewpoints and archaeological sites if you want to get out of town for a few hours.
- With Easter Island being so small, taxis within Hanga Roa are cheap and convenient. A ride should cost you around CLP 1,900 in town, but longer distances will be more expensive.
- You can also rent a car while on the island. Rates start at CLP 50,000 a day, but the price is negotiable. If your haggling skills are on point, you can probably work out a discount.
- For travellers who want more freedom getting around without the expense of renting a car, you can hire a bicycle. There are several businesses on the main street that rent bikes for CLP 8,000 for 8 hours.
- It's also possible to rent motorbikes and quads for around CLP 30,000 to CLP 50,000 per day. It's a good option if you plan to venture off-road, but keep in mind there are no insurance companies on the island. So if you have an accident, you'll have to cover the cost of the repairs before you leave.
- If you don't want to join one of the expensive tours, a more affordable way to see the island is the hop on hop off bus. The Ara Moai runs on a circular route past all the main attractions. The tour comes with an audio guide in 4 different languages and costs CLP 15,000 per person.
When is The Best Time to Visit Easter Island?
The island's peak season runs from December to February. Temperatures average around 29°C, making it ideal for a dip in the ocean. But the heat can make activities like hiking and archaeological site seeing unbearable. In late January / early February, the island pulls out all the stops for the Tapati Rapa Nui festival. Expect high prices for accommodation and loads of tourists at all the top attractions.
If you would prefer a quieter time, visit the island during its two shoulder seasons. From October to November and March to April there is a sweet spot between the summer crowds and cold winter months. You'll have the off-season emptiness, with reasonable hotel rates and ideal weather in the low 20s, perfect for beach days and hiking.
Easter Island's off-season is the Chilean winter. From July to August the island is cold with temperatures reaching 10°C. But if you don't mind bundling up and frequent downpours, it's the cheapest time of year to visit. All the major attractions are virtually empty from crowds as well, and you'll have the island to yourself.
Airports in Easter Island
Mataveri International Airport
Mataveri International is the most remote airport in the world. It is the main entry point for tourists that travel to the island to see its Moai statues. LATAM Chile is the only airline that serves the airport with seasonal flights to and from Santiago, Chile.
Getting To and From Mataveri International Airport
The only public transport available from the airport to the city is with a taxi. The fares are fixed to CLP 3000 one way. Bare in mind that if your plane arrives at night, there might not be any taxis at the airport.
To avoid walking to your hotel, you can pre-book a shuttle service or join a tour. However, most hotels (even the budget ones) offer a free hotel pickup and drop off service.
The only other option would be to hire a car at the airport.