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Australian Geographic Outdoor - - Adventure | Easter Island -

Where Easter Island aka Rapa Nui aka Isla de Pas­cua, Chile

When to Go There isn't a bad time. It's busiest in Fe­bru­ary around the Ta­p­ati Rapa Nui Fes­ti­val and Jul/Aug may be chilly for the beach but should be fine for hik­ing/run­ning.

How to get there LAN fly a Dream­liner daily from San­ti­ago. Fares from $600 to $1300 re­turn.

The Trail The Ara Mahiva is not an of­fi­cial trail there­fore it is un­marked and crosses some fences and pri­vate land. There are plenty of short and en­joy­able hik­ing trails on the island though, in­clud­ing the sec­tion of coast from Hanga Roa to Anakena Beach and the rim of Rano Kau.

Ac­com­mo­da­tion The Ex­plora Rapa Nui was com­fort­able, beau­ti­fully-sit­u­ated and eco-friendly and the staff were amaz­ingly help­ful when con­fronted with my strange re­quests and miss­ing bag­gage.

Run­ning Tips Take run­ning shoes with plenty of cush­ion­ing and prefer­ably some an­kle sup­port, a light wa­ter­proof jacket for brief show­ers, and a head torch in case it takes you longer than it took me. It's hard to get lost - just keep the sea on your left! Con­tact www.for­ward­travel.com.au

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