This week, our Landmark Lowdown on the Great Destinations Radio Show features the UNESCO recognised statues of Easter Island.
There are 887 mysterious, carved stone heads on the remote Pacific island, which is 25km long and 12km wide. The figures stand an average of 4m and weigh around 14tons. They were sculpted out of volcanic stone between the 10th and 16th centuries.
James Grant-Peterkin is the British Consul and he’s lived in the Chilean territory since 1996. His company Easter Island Spirit operates nine different tours, but James says everyone starts with the sculptures. You can look up James’ tours at www.easterislandspirit.com
It’s not going to be a cheap trip, though! There are 22 hotels on the island ranging from £40 budget rooms to a £500 a night resort. Flying the 2,336 miles to the most remote airport in the world, from Santiago on the Chilean mainland, will take around five hours and cost in the region of £330 return. But first you need to get to Chile. That’s a 14 hour flight from London with BA, costing around £845.