Let’s Go To Rapa Nui! Visiting Easter Island’s Incredible History – And Giant Moais Figureheads!

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Welcome To Rapa Nui!

As the world slowly reopens amid a Delta variant surge, I think that some of us are in the mood to escape to somewhere less frenetic, more relaxed, less crowded, where social distancing is normal because so few people go there. Well, Rapa Nui is for you!

Also known as Easter Island, this looks like one of the most incredible adventures you could have in the world – what a way to take your mind off of the everyday!

Crater of Rano Kau, Easter Island, Chile
Crater of Rano Kau, Easter Island, Chile

Rapa Nui is located in the middle of the Pacific ocean – a 2,300-mile, six-hour flight from Santiago, Chile. Easter Island is located alfway between Tahiti and the South American continent. Rapa Nui is technically part of Chile, but is a world away…

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The Terevaka region of the island has a world heritage center, which offers an undisturbed heritage that is the essence of Rapa Nui.

Now, it’s one of the most incredible – and remote – adventures in the world!

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Rapa Nui’s Moais – Monolithic Human Figures!

The most spectacular aspect of Rapa Nui are these Moais figurines – massive sculpted figurines. On average, they stand 13 feet high and weigh 14 tons, human heads-on-torsos carved in the male form from rough hardened volcanic ash…

Caption: Moais in Ahu Vai Uri, Tahai Archaeological Complex, Rapa Nui National Park, Easter Island, Chile

For those who don’t know much about this island, and I certainly didn’t, here’s the story:

Easter Island is a Chilean territory, sitting in a remote volcanic island in Polynesia. It’s famed for archaeological sites, including nearly 900 monumental statues called moai, created by inhabitants during the 13th–16th centuries. The moai are carved human figures with oversize heads, often resting on massive stone pedestals called ahus. 

As one Reporter in The New York Times wrote about his visit there:

“There are no ropes or glass cases protecting this archaeological treasure on a gusty slope in the middle of the Pacific, so I got close and examined the fallen moai. Our only witnesses this day were a few caracara birds wheeling overhead.”

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The Writer tells a great story of hiking through the remote areas of Rapa Nui, and how his guide feels about the Moai statues that are being restored…

“I asked Beno how he felt about leaving these and the many other undisturbed moai toppled in this area in a state of gradual decay. “I don’t agree with restoring the moai and platforms continually,” he said. “They will never be restored as they were before, and they hold our ancestors.” The idea of archaeologists, or anyone else for that matter, clambering over what are essentially ancestral burial sites clearly disturbed him.”

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Terrific writing, with interesting insight as well.

This photo online was titled:
Ahu Tongariki, Easter Island – July 10, 2017: Moai altar of Tongariki, Easter Island

I would LOVE to visit this remote island paradise…as you know, I suffer from “wanderlust” all the time…let’s look at five great “wow, why not!” places to see…yes, #5 on my list would have to be Rapa Nui…

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#4 on my list of amazing escapes is the original “Mutiny On The Bounty” island…a truly gorgeous, remote getaway also located in the south seas…

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See more about life on Pitcairn Island by clicking on my story here:

The third great escape to share is a place that allows you arrive like this!

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Can you imagine hanging out on a beach a waving at the next arriving flight?

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Click here to see this amazing beach / airport!

My #2 great escape is a place that offers you a nice room, and a group breakfast that you have with the locals – THESE LOCALS!

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GIRAFFE-MANOR

Yes, this hotel offers the same meal to the Giraffes that they serve you! I would love to spend a night here – see why:

I am very interested in doing a great safari adventure with my wife – it’s at the top of our bucket list…and why not?

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This would be a “once in a lifetime” adventure – #1 on my list – but remember one thing – or you could be in big big trouble:

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“Don’t Run – FOOD RUNS!”

That’s right, in Africa the animals pursue their meals – do not run because that’s what food does!

Read a hilarious memoir from an African tour guide here:

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Let me know if you’d like to visit Rapa Nui!

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9 replies

  1. What a great wish list! I have followed your blog long enough to know that you will make several of these dreams come true.

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  2. Amazing and other worldly

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  3. The world has many incredible places. Thank goodness for your blog so I get to ‘visit’ and learn. Easter Island is fascinating!

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  4. I would love to visit Rapa Nui! You never know.

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  5. When I got married for the first time in 1977, my wife and I had a wish to go to see those famous statues. But after we investigated the cost of travelling to Easter Island from London, we realised it would use up all of the savings we had for the deposit on a house, and a lot more besides. So we bought the house instead.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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