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  • Thursday, February 22, 2018

The giant monoliths of Easter Island are worn, but they have endured for centuries. New research suggests that a compound first discovered in the soil of the South Pacific Island might help us stand the test of time, too. A lot is being mentioned about Easter Island these days, the reason being, Rapamycin, and the proposed, under trial drug for anti-ageing.

But there is lot more to this lovely island on the south pacific than Rapamycin. Easter Island is triangular in the South Pacific, with an extinct volcano at each corner. It measures 23 by 11 km, totaling 171 square km. The interior consists of high plateaus and craters surrounded by coastal bluffs. It is best known for the giant stone monoliths, known as Moai, that dot the coastline. The early settlers called the island “Te Pito O Te Henua” (Navel of The World). Admiral Roggeveen, who came upon the island on Easter Day in 1722, named it Easter Island. Today, the land, people and language are all referred to locally as Rapa Nui.

Easter Island today, remains one of the most unique places you will ever encounter; an open air museum showcasing a fascinating, but unfortunately lost, culture. The Rapanui are among the friendliest people you will ever meet, and the landscape is truly amazing - with its volcanic craters, lava formations, beaches, brilliant blue water, and archaeological sites.

LanChile Airlines flies a Boeing 767 from Tahiti and Santiago to Easter Island twice a week. In the high season December to March, extra Santiago-Easter Island flights are added. From North America and Europe, LanChile has direct flights to Santiago from Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Madrid, and Frankfurt.

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