Easter Island, off the coast of Chile, is an island steeped in culture and mystery. The Moai statues are described as monolithic human statues carved from a single piece of stone. Almost a thousand of these are scattered all over the island, and they’re the primary reason people visit Easter Island. The Tapati Festival, based on the Rapa Nui culture, is a celebration of all aspects of their indigenous culture. Haka Pei, in which male islanders toboggan down the Maunga Pui volcano on banana tree trunks, is the festival’s highlight. Easter Island is made up of three extinct volcanoes: Terevaka, Poike, and Rano Kau. Being surrounded by the ocean means that seafood is a staple of the cuisine and the seafood on Easter Island is exceptional. If you decide to visit Easter Island, you should consider staying in one of Easter Island’s eco-lodges, one of which is called Posada de Mike Rapu and it’s made entirely of local wood.