Ask most people to tell you something they know about Easter Island (Rapa Nui) and it’s likely that they’ll tell you about the mysterious moai – the sculptures that can be found around the island. Readers of this website will know that it’s also a pretty good hiking destination. But what else do you know about it? Have a go at our five questions below and see – you might surprise yourself!
- Easter Island’s one of the world’s most remote inhabited islands – the next nearest inhabitants are on the Juan Fernandez islands. How far away are they?
- Easter Island has a tropical rainforest climate. How much of the island (to the nearest 10%) is presently covered by broadleaf forest?
- The moai represented heads of the Easter Island population’s lineages and were carved over nearly six centuries. When was the last one made?
- Easter Island is at the south-eastern apex of the Polynesian Triangle. Which archipelago is at the south-western apex?
- In what year did Chile annex Easter Island?