Interview With The Go-To Easter Island Tour Guide: Paul Pownall

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The few days we spent on Easter Island were the highlight of my mom’s and my Mother’s Day trip to Chile – thanks in no small part to our guide Paul Pownall, who had been suggested by numerous TPG readers.

Mother/Son bonding with Easter Island Moai
Mother/Son bonding with Easter Island Moai

Paul took us all over the island to check out the famous Moai (stone heads) to the various beaches and craters, through town, and pretty much everywhere. He was such an interesting guy with a wealth of information to share, and he told it all in such an entertaining way since he has so much personal history with the island.

I know some of you are either en route to Easter Island now or heading there in the next couple of months, so I wanted to share this video I made with Paul where we discuss the history, culture and natural beauty of the island.

As you can see, Paul is quite a character and extremely knowledgeable about the island since he first came here as an archaeologist’s assistant in 1968 – and he flew the first LAN Chile commercial flight on his way!

Paul suggest staying for 4 days instead of the 3 people normally stay, to give yourself enough time to learn something and then wander on your own just to take everything in.  He also suggests March-May and September-November to come because there are fewer tourists here and the weather is pleasant.

Paul’s tours are great and available by the half or full day, and he also runs a hotel here called Tekerara and two small guest houses with rates ranging from $90-$360, though my mother and I stayed at Taha Tai near town.

If you’re interested in booking Paul for your trip down there, you can find all his contact information and rates here. Stay tuned for more Easter Island coverage and videos!

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