Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

Native peoples > Rapa Nui

Environment and Location

Rapa Nui, as Easter Island is known to local inhabitants, is one of the most remote populated places on the planet. Set in the midst of the Pacific Ocean, the island is on the southeastern axis of the great Polynesian archipelago, more than 3500 kilometers west of mainland Chile. Volcanic in origin, it originally had a dozen tree species very similar to those found in Polynesia, and is now populated by migratory birds, marine mammals, fish, insects and small terrestrial snails.


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