The old Moais of Easter Island

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Moai at Rano Raraku

When you arrive at the Mataveri airport on Easter Island, or Rapa Nui in polynesian, you will be met by a "welcoming committee". The locals show up with a big sign each offering accommodation. Hotels are fairly expensive, so it is very common to stay with a private family. The people of Easter Island are friendly and hospitable, so private accommodation is a very pleasant experience. Most of the 3000 inhabitants of the island live in Hanga Roa, the only village.

A visit to the restaurants at night is quite an experience. Most of the restaurants are in private homes. They have transformed their living rooms into small restaurants.

Moai at Rano Raraku
If you don´t understand what´s on the menu, don´t worry, then they offer you a tour of the kitchen to show you.

There is no public transportation on Easter Island, so you need to rent a car. A jeep is a good choice since a lot of the roads are in pretty bad condition. If you are into horses you can rent that too. If you are out exploring the island on a day trip, I would recommend you to bring a packed lunch and something to drink. Outside Hanga Roa there is not much to buy.

Easter Island is most known for its gigantic statues called Moai. It is a total of 887 of them and they varies from 1 meter to 21 meters tall. About half of the Moais were never moved from the volcanic mountain of Rano Raraku, where they were carved. Why they were abandoned so suddenly, we do not know. Most of the Moais had been overturned but have later been re-erected by various foreign expeditions. When you sit in the hillside of Rano Raraku among these fantastic statues you get the feeling of being part of one of these expeditions.

On the mountain top of Rano Kau, south of Hanga Roa, lies Orongo. These ruins of stone houses with dirt roofs were important for the old ceremonies. It was here where the legend of the Birdman took place. From Orongo there is also a stunning view of the hole island.

For someone who is adventurous, is interested in history and has a bit of an explorer in him, Easter Island is a fantastic destination.

cotton_foam says:
I'm eyeing at it too :)
Posted on: Feb 02, 2014
Vanessa_Mun_Yee says:
my dream destination!
Posted on: Dec 04, 2013
hauteboy says:
I remember my trip to Easter Island so many years ago (1998!)
Posted on: Oct 28, 2013
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Moai at Rano Raraku
Moai at Rano Raraku
Moai at Rano Raraku
Moai at Rano Raraku
Moai at Rano Raraku
Moai at Rano Raraku
Moai at Rano Raraku
Moai at Rano Raraku
Moai
Moai
Moai
Moai
The old stone houses at Orongo
The old stone houses at Orongo
Carving of the Birdman
Carving of the Birdman
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