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Also known as Easter Island, Rapa Nui is a getaway like no other, says Ute Junker.

Some sights simply knock your socks off. A first glimpse of the pyramids at Giza is one. Standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon is another. And the sight of 15 of Easter Island’s famous statues lined up against a backdrop of endless sea is another.

Easter Island – known to locals as Rapa Nui – is famous around the world for its remarkable stone statues, or moai. What most people don’t realise is how many of these striking stone monuments there are. Although only 24 kilometres long, 887 moai are scattered across the island – although to be fair, some are looking the worse for wear.

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