Rapa Nui People
The Rapa Nui people live on Easter Island.
Rapa Nui is the original name of this island of volcanic origin and triangular shape, located in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean.
The island, of only 150 km2, has three volcanoes located on each of its three corners.
Big sculptures of stone, crowned with red hats, that have their backs facing the ocean, are the most representative feature of this mysterious and complex culture.
3.000 kilometers away from the Chilean coast, in front of the port Caldera, these typical Moais speak about this ancestral people.
250 Ahu or ceremonial stone altars, 600 standing Moai and other many scattered over the island the island, many petroglifs carved in volcanic stones, and the music and dance remind us of Polynesia, Rapa Nui cultural background.
1.853 people live on the island, being 1.175 of them Rapa Nui, 678 Chilean and 36 mapuche, all residents in Hanga Roa.