Easter Island Botanic Garden
The Tau Kiani Botanic Garden has become the new tourist attraction of Easter Island, thanks to the combination of the hand of man and the exuberant nature. Located a little away from the center of Hanga Roa, it covers an area of 5 thousand square meters and contains more than 1200 varieties of plants from all over the world.
Its creator, Juan Carlos Poblete, began in 2009 the work of building the first private botanical garden on the island. His entrepreneurial spirit and good taste had already been demonstrated with the edition of the magazine O te Henua and other projects, but the task of building a garden of these characteristics was going to require a lot of effort, not a few difficulties and a lot of energy.
A few years later the result is in sight. Its objective is to try to reproduce and preserve the native flora of Polynesia, in addition to many other tropical species that find in this privileged climate the possibility of developing at its maximum expression.
Symbols, ponds and exotic flowers
The garden has a beautiful landscaped design made with woods and volcanic rocks characteristic of Easter Island. Between the plants, in strategic places, sometimes looking for surprise of the visitor, there are moai statues and sculptures in rock and wood that evoke the legends of the god Make Make or the Tangata Manu or birdman.
The walk through the garden is easy and undulating, through suggestive bridges made of logs, small stretches of stairs and paths with gentle ascents and descents that lead to viewpoints and terraces that allow to observe the landscape from different perspectives, enjoying it even more. It should be noted that the trails have ramps that facilitate movement to people with mobility problems.
There are two small ponds, one of them with a waterfall of 10 meters of height, that offer freshness and peace to the visitor. Every corner has been thought to the smallest detail, even in the bathrooms where some huge stones shelter beautiful plants that give them a unique air.
During the tour of the botanic garden it is possible to know up to seven varieties of bananas, fifty Hibiscus, different species of palm trees, avocado trees, guavas, and enjoy the beautiful flowers called Tipanie, which are one of the most characteristic images of the Easter Island.
How to get to Tau Kiani Botanic Garden
Due to its remote location of the center of Hanga Roa, the botanic garden has its own transport for visitors.
Monday to Saturday: 09:00 to 18:00 h
General entry: $ 4000 (transfer included)