Running on Easter Island

V and I traveled to Easter Island for a holiday at the end of September. It is a beautiful and calm little island and there's not much more to do there other than see the Moai and other historical sites. The island has one town and the rest is fields and open space which is great for running.

I went on quite a few runs while on holiday.  I went up the famous Rano Kau crater a few times, I did a run to the highest point on the island and I also covered most of the trails on the town side of the island. On the 22nd of September we did an unofficial Rhino Run together to show our support and to spread the word. It was a great break and a good chance to run somewhere warm and tropical as we are just starting spring in Santiago.

Rano Kau crater.

Beautiful trail along the rim of the Rano Kau crater.

On the way to the crater is a cave with Birdman paintings.

There were lots of beautiful sunsets on the island.

V showing a "Stop Rhino Poaching" sign on our Rhino Run.

Team 505 photos on the Rhino Run.

An early morning run with Moai in the background.

From the highest point I could see sea all around the island - spectacular!


Unknown said...

I appreciate your photos and information about the island. Are there Mark trails that people run-on? Is it safe to run along the roads? Is there a running group there that I can hook up with?

Daniel Rowland said...

Hi Clyde

There are some obvious marked trails to run on - especially along the crater - however there isn't an extensive network of trails. I ran a lot on the jeep tracks or dirt roads which seem to run all over the island and were perfectly safe to follow. I think you'll find it very easy to follow the kind of trails / roads you want to run on.

I was only there for a short time and I'm happy exploring on my own so I didn't enquire about a running club or group. Sorry.