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Easter Island has more to offer Chile tours than its iconic stone heads

Easter Island is famous for its iconic heads - enormous stone structures that dot the landscape of this island just off the coast of Chile. And while they're recognized as some of the most interesting wonders of the world, the sculptures are not all the island has to offer. A requisite part of Chile tours, Easter Island has plenty for visitors to enjoy, whether it's adding some adventure to your journey or getting a glmpse the many animals that call the island home.

Few other places in South America have a geography similar to Easter Island, and that is especially apparent in Rano Kau, an extinct volcano that is located in the southwestern corner of the island. The drive up the mountain is impressive in and of itself, offering spectacular views of the surrounding villages and landscape, but once you get to the top you'll be treated to a truly breathtaking panorama of the crater lake below. There are also several other volcanoes on the island you should check out, including Terevaka and Poike.

Given the stunning landscape, it should come as no surprise that Easter Island is also an ideal location for active pursuits. There is ample opportunity for adventure travel enthusiasts, whether you prefer hiking, biking or kayaking. This is especially true at Rapa Nui National Park. The UNESCO World Heritage Siteoffers a number of pristine beaches, perfect for anyone who wants to go swimming, diving or surfing. 

Before departing from Easter Island, you should explore the town of Hanga Roa, the island's main hub of activity. This quaint town of about 3,300 residents will be the perfect way to round out your trip. 

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