Easter Island emerged as a result of the various volcanic eruptions that happened thousands of years ago in this part of the Pacific Ocean. Despite the small size of Easter Island, along the whole surface can be counted several volcanos, however there are three main volcanoes that formed and gave rise to the triangular shape of the island : Rano Kau, Poike y Maunga Terevaka.
Nowadays all of the Easter Island volcanoes, both the main ones and the secondary ones, are dormant and discovering its shapes, craters, and lagoons is an amazing and unforgettable experience.
It was these volcanoes, especially Rano Raraku and Puna Pau, that provided the Rapa Nui with the raw material needed for the construction of their stone giants. The quarries of these volcanoes still seem to expect the return of the sculptors to finish a job that was unfinished and abandoned for unknown reasons.
The Terevaka volcano is the highest point in Easter Island. Standing at 511 meters above sea level, its summit offers a 360° view of the island and a chance to get an idea of how far away it is from any other inhabited area. Read more »