If you go
Getting there: Direct flights on LAN Airlines from Santiago, Chile; Lima, Peru; and Tahiti.
What’s in a name?: The original name of the island is lost. It is called Easter Island because the first Dutch explorer spotted it on Easter in 1721. The locals, however, call the island and their language Rapa Nui and refer to themselves as Rapanui. This name likely originated in the 19th century, and literally translates to “Big Rapa,” which may refer to the island of Rapa in French Polynesia.