Surprisingly, one of the most beautiful beaches in South America would be on the mystical Easter Island – one of the most remote islands in the world and which captivates with its fascinating landscape of volcanic craters, lava rocks, palm beaches, and of course the world-famous solid stone Moai figures of the little explored Rapa Nui culture.
Even though more and more visitors to Chile include Easter Island as one of the highlights of their trip, the beaches there remain untouched. The temperatures of the Pacific (24 degrees in the summer months) are more pleasant than along the Chilean mainland. At Anakena Beach, velvety-soft sand, turquoise waters and coconut palms swaying gently in the wind make for a perfect South Seas experience. As if deliberately turning their backs on the sea, five Moai figures also stand tall over the small romantic bay and seem to guard the hinterland. It is truly rare to see paradisiacal beaches and mysterious cultural artifacts in such close proximity.