"Most expensive village in the World" Hanga Roa by Assenczo

Hanga Roa Travel Guide: 3 reviews and 3 photos

Creating a microclimate

Hanga Roa is the only population center on the most remote island in the world. Does this prepare you for the horsemen galloping along the streets or the numerous coca-doodul-doos every morning? Not really, especially when one has arrived by Boeing767 and landed on one of the longest runways ever. Similar contrasts are abundant and they are welcome. Moreover there has been a historical consistency, if we are to believe the scientific rumours. Imagine you are lying in a cave and you are lucky to have some chicken tonight in a combo with some fine grass salad after a long day of hewing moais from the rock and balancing them down the Rano Raraku slope. The power of the range-fed chicken can make you move mountains, not mere 100ton statues. With some luck, the vegetables one can produce in the conditions of this special microclimate will have so much nutrition and vitamins that even a leaf a day of greenery is going to maximize your metabolism to such an effect that you will be polishing these enigmatic smiles in minutes.

Location, location, location

Location is everything they say in the modern marketing books. One usually might think that the most congested centers would bring the most profits. Well, every rule has its exceptions and Hanga Roa is one of them. This village may be isolated but half the world dreams of visiting it thanks to the marketing genius of Thor Heyredal and his henchmen. The bottle neck is tight and only LAN Chile has made it through. For the privilege you are charged handsomely and you continue to be gnawed at down the food chain. The hotels, despite their miserable state know their value just like a young girl has learnt it from the mirror. Season, high or low, who cares? There is practically no competition anyway. The restaurants, as if they are in a top-end complex charge a service fee of 10% - I wonder where they learned this from, Captain Cook? Renting cars, bikes and the likes gives out the same trend. Get ready, it is on the expensive side but it is worth it. How many Hanga Roas with popping moais from the woodwork are there anyway?

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The capital of the most remote inhabited place on Earth
  • Cons:No competition on the island
  • In a nutshell:A village that has realized its importance in the world tourism industry
  • Last visit to Hanga Roa: Jul 2006
  • Intro Updated Sep 25, 2006
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