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Jul 19, 2017 - On our own on Rapa Nui (Easter Island)

Another beautiful day! The weather has been gorgeous since we left home. Sunny and mild here on Easter Island (Rapa Nui). Hopefully it will coninue for thr rest of the trip. However, it does get cold at night. Around 5:00 this morning, Jean got up and turned on the heat. We went to breakfast later today at 9:00. Bad idea. We were practically the only ones there, and they were already out of scrambled eggs and sausages. Jean approached the waitress and asked for more eggs. The waitress had the cook make eggs, but he placed them into...

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Jul 18, 2017 - Touring Easter Island seeing the Moai

We had the breakfast buffet down at the hotel restaurant and returned to our room. We met Maitu in the lobby at 9:10 for our private tour of the island. She drove us out past the airport while telling us about the history of the island and what we would see today. Past the airport a little ways, we made a right to see the moai and platforms along the southern shore. (from here on, whenever I say moai, I mean the platform on which they stand and the statues or moai themselves.) Moai are built to face inwards towards the people. The moai...

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Jul 17, 2017 - Travel to Easter Island

We were up at 4:30 am. Claudio picked us up about 5:20 to take us to the airport. He escorted us through baggage and the boarding pass area. We said our goodbyes at the security line entrance. We quickly passed through security and headed down to our "cattle call" gate. Another flight was leaving earlier to another destination, as soon as they began boarding, we were able to acquire some seats until our boarding call which was 7:55 for our 8:30 flight. We in the long line once they started. The lines for the gates would snake back and forth...

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Feb 5, 2017 - Rapa Nui

Rapa Nui, as the indigenous people refer to their home, is a tiny, 30 km long, volcanic island situated in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean, 3700 km west of South America. Polynesian explorers settled the island in the 8th century, bringing chickens, tubers, and sweet potatoes for their sustenance. Birds, fish, palm trees, vegetation, stones, and fresh water were the only resources they found. Did they come in large, 100-person outrigger canoes who accidentally found this refuge? Or was there first an exploring party who landed here,...

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Nov 23, 2008 - Easter Island - Day 3

Yesterday was all about Moai and Ahu sites, but today was mostly cave paintings and petroglyphs. Our first stop was just over the hill from our hotel to see paintings in a cave that ended up running beneath the hotel property. We also saw Rano Kao, which is the oldest volcano on the island, and it was so windy up there, we actually had to fight to stay upright. On the other side of the volcano, we saw the area where the Bird Man contest was held each Spring. It pitted the top warrior of each of the 10 tribes against each other by having...

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Mar 13, 2007 - Easter Island

After lengthy negotiations with the Lan Chile baggage services department at Santiago airport, we and, much to my surprise, our bags duly arrived at Rapa Nui, Isla de Pascua or Easter Island. Being 3,700kms to the west of mainland Chile and having the mutineers of Pitcairn as it nearest neighbours at a little over 1900kms to the east, Easter Island is the dictionary definition of remote. It also does quite a good impression of desolate. Easter Island contains an awful lot of nothing. It looks kind of how I imagine the Falklands but with...

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Mar 7, 2007 - Easter Island

For a long time now, Isla de Pascau (Easter Island) has been somewhere that has intrigued me and somewhere I have always wanted to visit, but I was never quite sure if I would have the money or the time on this particlar trip. Thankfully, it worked out perfectly, I was able to purchase a flight and have spent 5 days on the island. Easter Island interests me as much for its huge Moai statues as for its mysterious past. Easter was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 and has a very magical and exciting history. The island's...

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Feb 28, 2007 - EASTER ISLAND, Chile

The worlds largest open air museam is how Easter Island is advertised in it's tourism brochures and it certainly is like no other island we have been to. Famous for it's Moai statues the little island is certainly full of mystery. Apparently the land mass of only 117sk km is the further from any other habitated land than any other place on the planet and this certainly reflects in the prices. It is an expensive place to get to (unless you get free flights with your around the world tickets) and a lot of the things once you get there leave...

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Feb 22, 2007 - Day 83 - Easter Island (Isla de Pascua)

Arrived on Easter Island at 11am this morning after a 5 and a half hour flight. We're now only 5 hrs behind UK time so I'm slowly catching up with you again! The island is lovely -very different to Mo'orea (no limpid bluey green lagoons here) but it has lush, rolling green hills, wild waves (great for surfing) and when you catch your first glimpse of a Moai statue it's breathtaking. The capital of Hanga Roa is pretty small and only really consists of two main streets. There are road names on the map, but you'll be lucky to see any street...

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Dec 20, 2006 - Easter Island

Today was our first day of sightseeing on Easter Island (Rapa Nui in the local language). We were escorted by Edmundo Edwards today and throughout our stay here. Edmundo is extremely knowledgeable about the people, customs, past and present cultures of Near Oceania and Polynesia, and is considered one of the major experts on Easter Island and Eastern Polynesian history and culture. He worked as an archeologist here since the 1960s and was involved in some of the first academic reasearch on the island. The principal sights on the island are...

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Dec 15, 2006 - Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Chile

FRIDAY-TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15-19, 2006. HANGA ROA, EASTER ISLAND (A.K.A. RAPA NUI (POLYNESIAN), ISLA DE PASCUA (SPANISH)), CHILE. Easter Island is simply a magical and fascinating place--An entire island of open air museum. The moai (stone statues) and ahu (ceremonial platforms) are some of the most enigmatic and amazing archeological relics that I have come across in my travels around the world. Moreover, the island has a unique mix of Rapa Nui (Polynesian) and Chilean cultures. Rapa Nui culture has some startling similarities to my home,...

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Oct 12, 2006 - Easter Island

Easter Island, or Rapa Nui as it's known to its Polynesian inhabitants, is one of the great mysteries of anthropology. The island's main legacy are the huge "moai", which look like giant Polynesian heads. They dot the island in many places and are fascinating to look at. The current theory on the moai is that they were carved from 800 AD to 1800 AD by the locals, who happened upon Rapa Nui from Tahiti. To appreciate how difficult it might be to just "happen upon" Rapa Nui, consider that the island is officially the remotest place on earth,...

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