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Craig and Steph's Adventures on Easter Island
The final installment of our Chilean Adventure. We had an excellent time sampling the history and local culture of this magical isolated paradise. Photos and text originally published at our web site http://www.craigandstephsvacations.com
Arrival at Hanga Roa
Rapa Nui is the world's most remote inhabited island. The nearest inhabited island (Pitcairn Island) is 2000 kilometers away. The Chilean mainland is 3700 km away, and Tahiti is 4100 km away. The island itself is only 24 km long by 12 km wide. It was "discovered" by Europeans on Easter Sunday, 1722, which is why the Europeans dubbed it …
Ana Kai Tangata, Orongo, Ahu Vinapu
We woke up at 8 o'clock and headed to breakfast at around 9. We sat outside on the patio near the pool overlooking the volcanic rocks and the ocean below. There were two pretty red iris-like flowers swaying in the breeze in front of us. Breakfast was a buffet that seemed more like dessert than breakfast. We had fresh pineapple, bread, and every …
Ahu Vaihu, Ahu Akahanga, Tongariki, Rano Raraku, Anakena
We woke up at 8 and headed to breakfast by 8:20. Everyone else was eating inside, and we decided to set a trend and sit outside. I'm not sure that the staff was crazy about having to set a table outside, but the weather was so gorgeous and the view so nice that we couldn't see the point of sitting inside. They had the same goodies as yesterday, as …
Museum, Puna Pau, Ahu Akivi, Kari Kari Ballet Cultural
We woke up at 8:00 and went to breakfast, which was a little bit more fruit-centric and a little less focused on the desserts than on previous days. They also had bread, ham, and cheese. We continued our tradition of eating outside. After putting on our sunscreen, we grabbed our postcards and took a cab to the post office. We already had Chilean …
Hanga Roa, Ana Kai Tangata
Today was our Easter Island free day. There was a great contrast between the way we felt on our first day on the island and now. We were now in the groove of island life and could easily occupy ourselves. We woke up at around 8 o'clock, as usual. At breakfast we saw Bill and Romaine, our future selves, who immediately said hello to us by name. We …
We woke up at 7:30 and packed. We saw Romaine and Bill at breakfast and exchanged cards. They told us that it made Easter Island special to meet some young people from the States who enjoyed traveling so much. We said that we aspired to be like them. They told us that they had gone to the post office to get their passports stamped, and thanked us …
We got up at 8 and called downstairs to see if they had been able to verify our flight. Francisco, the fantastic desk clerk, had done so, and said that our flight had been set back an hour to its original time of 2:00. Wanting plenty of time at the psychotic Santiago airport, we scheduled a cab pickup for 10:45. We proceeded to shower and pack, …
Stephanie & Craig Smith
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