Easter Island

I had a few days in Easter Island. It was a bit of a nightmare to get to, Cancun - Lima - Santiago - Easter Island. That's about 14 hours flying, with six hours in Santiago. When I arrived, I discovered I could have flown straight from Lima on a flight that left about 10 minutes after my flight to Santiago and arrived on the island about six hours earlier. Something to remember for next time.

Easter Island is everything I hoped it to be. Completely different. It's in the middle of no-where, just a lump of rock, several thousand kilometers from anywhere. It had the thriving population which exploited all the resources then they faced the effects. The population may have been as high as 15000, then dropped down to just over 100. There was fighting, canniblism and who knows what else.

Of course, Easter Island is best known for its Moai. The big giant heads, which scatter the island. The former village sites use to have them to represent various ancestors to watch over the village. They think, as resources became more scarce, the locals got a little annoyed that their ancestors were not answering their prayers, so they pulled them all over. With the exception of the nursery site, any others you see standing have been restored recently.

And there is stuff everywhere. Go for a drive and there are ruins all over the place. Some are big, the Ahu, which are the platforms the Moai sit on, ruins of the houses and stone chicken houses everywhere. Each Moai is different, they all their own identity. The nursery, the area where they use to carve the Moai from is amazing, like these things are crawling out of the ground.

I discovered there are some extensive caves, former lava tubs, which I would have loved to have seen, but that will have to wait until next time. I also missed out on going up the old volcanos which I would have liked, so obviously I'll have to go back.

The townsite is lovely and laid back, not a lot there since everything on the island has to either be made there, or shipped in so that means most things are expensive. Fish and chicken are plentiful though. According to our guide, the common conception is Easter Island thinks of themselves as the navel of the world, but they tend to think of themselves as a good place to have chickens.


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Getting off the plane at Easter Island
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One of the cats at the hotel
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Looking down Te Pito O Te Henua (what a name of a main street)
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Moai at Hanga Roa harbour
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Looking out over Hanga Roa harbour
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Wild horses on the countryside of Easter Island
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Looking up towards the end of the island
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More big yellow flowers
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The Ahu at Te Pito Kura
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The toppled Moai at Te Pito Kura
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The magnetic stone at Te Pito Kura
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This was carved into the rock, no idea about any more of it though
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Terevaka volcano from Ahu Tongariki
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Ahu Tongariki
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This moai is at Tongariki, I'm guessing its not upright because of its erosion
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I think it wants to join its relatives
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Close up of Tongariki's moai, that topknot may or may not belong to that moai
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Ahu Tongariki
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The moai posing for their photo
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Look! I'm at Easter Island
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Yeap, its Ahu Tongariki
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There really were this many moai there historically, probably because it's close to the quarry
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Top knots!
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This is a small moai near the entrance
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They all have a distinct profile
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I made a new friend
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Tongariki, its moai on their ahu
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The coast at Tongariki
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Looking up at Terevaka volcano, the Rano Raraku is on the left
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Probably one of my favourite photos of Easter Island, a bit of everything
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Sometimes the moai need a break and a rest
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The slopes of Rano Raraku, aka The Nursery
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Moai on the nursery slopes
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Another moai
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The paths wind around them
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They're buried though a mix of erosion and spoil from other sculptings
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So they look like they're rising out of the ground
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These are the cliffs where the moai were carved
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They are everywhere, there are actually two half carved ones there, side by side
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Looking back at the cliff, noticed the huge one onthe right?
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I believe this was the biggest, albeit half-finished, moai ever found
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Looking down to Tongariki
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They're coming out of the ground!
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Tukuturi, the unusual moai, possibly one of the last made, or perhaps a skilled moai builder
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Saying bye to the moai
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Anakena Beach
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Nau Nau, the moai at Anakena
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The solo moai at Anakena
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The Nau Nau's ahu at Anakena, showing the petroglyphs
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The backs of the moai at Anakena, you can still see the carvings on them
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Detail on one of the moai and the ahu at Anakenu
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Anakena Beach through the palms, makes it look tropical
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Anakena Beach
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Small rockpool at Anakena
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Anakena Beach
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Carved dolphin post at the hotel
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A small moai at the airport
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Leaving Easter Island
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