The Natural Beauty of Easter Island

Pano Anakena beach, Easter Island. Photo: Rivi.

By Nicole Anderson

It is understandable that most of us Outdoor Women Adventurers just love to get away from our normal living routines and embrace nature as far away from our day-to-day grind as possible.

Well I certainly managed to do that quite well by visiting Easter Island in late January 2017.  This scenic and fascinating place is known to be one of the most remote inhabited places on Earth.

 

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The point marked “A” is the location of Easter Island. Image: Wonderopolis.

 

Easter Island is located in the South Pacific Ocean, some 1,850km (1,150mi) west of Juan Fernandez Islands (which has 850 inhabitants) and some 3,512km (2,182mi) west of continental Chile.  It is 2075km (1,289mi) to the east of Pitcairn Island (which has only 50 inhabitants!).

The Island is triangular in shape and is only 24.6km (15.3mi) long by 12.3km (7.6mi) at its widest point.  That makes it a very small dot in the vast South Pacific!

 

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RapaNui (Easter Island). Image by Jesse Allen, NASA Earth Observatory, using data obtained from the University of Maryland’s Global Land Cover Facility.

 

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Moai: Rano raraku, Easter Island – By Aurbina.

Governed by Chile, their 2017 census showed that Easter Island has a total population of 7,750 of which some 60% of these people are direct descendants of the aboriginal Rapa Nui.

Easter Island is most famous for its nearly 1,000 stone monoliths called ‘moai’.  The moai were created by the early Rapa Nui people and have fascinated and puzzled westerners for centuries.

UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation) declared Easter Island a World Heritage Site in 1995.  Much of the island is contained and protected within Rapa Nui National Park.

 

Getting there

There are two ways to travel to Easter Island: by air or sea.

Easter Island has a direct air service from Chile’s capital Santiago to their Mataveri International Airport located at the southern end of the island.  Operated by LATAM airlines, at the time of writing there are daily flights with standard round-trip economy prices ranging from US$450 to US$900.  The flight takes around 5 hours, 10 minutes.  Alternatively, there is a once weekly flight to/from Papeete, Tahiti taking roughly the same time but is a more expensive option.

If going by sea, there are between 5-6 cruise ships that stop here annually and a few yachts also visit mostly during the January-March period.  I got there by sea on a cruise that my fiancé and I did travelling across the South Pacific from Sydney, Australia to Valparaiso, Chile.

 

The natural landscape

Easter Island is classified in geological terms as a volcanic high island.  However, this is not a climber’s dream as the highest point on the island is only 507 meters (1,663 feet).

The island consists of three extinct volcanoes.  ‘Terevaka’ (507 meters) forms the bulk of the island while ‘Poike’ (370 meters) and ‘Rano Kau’ (324 meters) form the eastern and southern points to give the overall island its triangular shape.

The map below shows the main topography of the island, locations of the 3 volcanoes as well as roads, tracks, populated places, the airport, ruins and numerous of the famous moai statutes scattered throughout.

 

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Easter_Island_map by Eric Gaba (Sting), translated by Bamse.

 

My Impressions of Easter Island

In a nutshell, I loved it.

I found it’s unique volcanic geology very interesting, it’s natural flora to be very similar in some ways to other Pacific Islands and its history, culture and stories of the mysterious moai to be fascinating.

Here are some photos of the island that were taken during my visit to give you a broader idea of the place from on the ground:

 

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Dawn arrival by sea at Easter Island. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

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The inlet that our ship’s tender brought us into land. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

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Shot taken from one of the beach areas showing the ‘lay of the land’ with a stone turtle in the foreground.  Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

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A moai statue positioned at the entrance of a seaside community.  Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

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A side shot of the group of moai taken inland at Ahu Tongariki.  These were the only moai that we could see which faced the ocean.  All the other moai were erected with their backs to the sea.  Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

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The ceremonial centre known as Ahu Hana Tee, where you can see a group of moai knocked down during the civil wars of the huri moai period. There is a circle of stones called paina in front of the Ahu. This circular area had special ceremonial significance in ancient times and was where certain commemorative rituals were carried out. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

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For the most part, most of the island was very green as we drove along a combination of sealed and dirt roads. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

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Lots of peaceful, natural green space. Here we see an ancient stone wall dividing sections of land that remains so well kept today. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

 

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My fiancé James and I with a single moai and another group of moai in the background, together with the cruise ship we arrived on.

 

 

For Campers and Explorers

If you are keen on camping on Easter Island you can only do so at one of a couple of established campsites.  No one is permitted to camp anywhere else as most of the island is contained within the Rapa Nui National Park.  If you ever find yourself in this part of the world and would like to check out all the details, here is a link with camping specifics.  Bookings are definitely advisable.

 

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Shot of me at one of the camping sites at the waterfront with two moai and the ship in the background.

 

As with most significant National Parks, permits are required to visit within the Park area (which covers the majority of the island) and these are easy to obtain once there.  At the time of writing the cost for entry for adults is US$80.00 and children is US$40.00 which will cover you for a period of 10 days.  As the tickets can be required to be inspected at any time throughout the Park, it is recommended that you carry these with you.

 

History and Mystery

For those readers that may be interested in learning more about the history, culture and origins of this place, her people and mysteries surrounding the famous moai, there are many publications, documentaries and even a number of YouTube videos that are really fascinating.

 

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Hodges: Easter Island – by reproduction from art book. More information at the picture’s page at the National Maritime Museum’s collections’ web site.

 

To summarize

Easter Island is indeed a special and unique experience.

Due to its remote location and the average cost to get there, this place has not (yet) been over-run by tourists.  Hence there is still much in the way of unspoilt natural beauty to experience.  In terms of global tourism, relatively few people ever get to make it here and that of course makes it all the more special for those that do.

A final resource that you might want to look at is from the Lonely Planet website that you might want to check out if you are ever heading there.

I hope you have found what I have had to share about my visit to Easter Island interesting and that you may one day consider seeing this wonderous place for yourself.

Nicole

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So happy I made the trip here. Easter Island, January 2017.

 

NB: Acknowledgements of factual data source/verification: Wikipedia.

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126 thoughts on “The Natural Beauty of Easter Island

  • March 18, 2019 at 6:34 am
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    Wow…never heard of this place before.. looks like a relaxing place to visit! Adding up to my list !!! 🙂

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    • March 18, 2019 at 10:47 am
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      Thanks Aby – yes I would think this could indeed be quite a relaxing spot to take a vacation, besides the other things the island is known for. Quite remote, friendly locals and very peaceful.

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  • January 8, 2019 at 8:49 pm
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    Easter Island would be such a cool place to visit. As you mention, it’s so far away so less tourists visit so it’s pretty cool to be able to say you’ve been. I now have to visit!

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    • January 10, 2019 at 1:24 am
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      I agree David that Easter Island is one of those places that captures your imagination and just makes you want to go and visit. Fewer tourist numbers, of course, mean a better experience for those who do get there. Do let us know of your experience after you have explored it also.

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  • January 7, 2019 at 10:11 pm
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    I am so fascinated by the moai and how they came to be. One of those enigmas which will possibly never be explained like the pyramids. I had no idea it was a 5 hour flight from South America. I always thought it was so much closer. Beautiful photos, everything is so green. Glad you loved your trip to Easter Island. what an adventure!

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    • January 10, 2019 at 1:22 am
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      You bet Amy! This place is quite isolated being a long distance from the South American continent and the country of Chile, which Easter Island is a part of. I loved checking out the moai and also wondering how they came about.

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  • January 6, 2019 at 2:48 pm
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    I love islands, and an island rich in history would be the best for me, as I love history too. Easter islands are surely not over-run by tourists as I have rarely heard of them. But the place is surely a must-visit for me, I must say thanks to the pictures you have put up here.

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    • January 10, 2019 at 1:19 am
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      You’re most welcome Shreya and thank you also for leaving a lovely comment. I love the history here too and I do hope you visit sometime in the future as well.

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  • January 6, 2019 at 10:35 am
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    Certainly a unique place to visit. I am fascinated by the ‘moai’. Wonder why some face the ocean and others don’t? Really interesting article on such a fascinating island.

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    • January 10, 2019 at 1:16 am
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      I wish I knew the answer to why moai face in a certain direction, Jane. There is only one ahu (group of statues), Ahu Akivi, (photographed above) with moai facing the ocean. It is unusual also by being one of the few inland ahus. At all other ahus (including all coastal ones) moai face inland. But who knows why? It’s just one of those things we are left to ponder. Thank you for commenting.

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  • November 24, 2018 at 2:16 pm
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    I have been to Easter Island and I absolutely loved it. As you also said, I loved its unspoilt natural beauty. Great post and amazing photos! Thank you for bringing back these memories to me!

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    • November 24, 2018 at 8:21 pm
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      You’re very welcome Sara and thank you so much for such a lovely comment. Having been there myself now, I can absolutely relate to what you are saying. It is a place that I’m sure will live ‘long and strong’ in my memory.

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  • November 19, 2018 at 9:53 am
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    Wow the history looks rich here. I would love to explore Easter Island and explore for myself.

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    • November 19, 2018 at 8:44 pm
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      I agree KiSheyne that the best way to really take in the wonders of a place like Easter Island is to head off on the unbeaten track to discover it all first hand as you go. There is so much to see that you’re bound to be amazed no matter what direction you choose.

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  • November 19, 2018 at 8:37 am
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    Wow, talk about an off the beaten track destination! This looks like an adventurer’s paradise – and well worth the trek to get there!

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    • November 19, 2018 at 8:42 am
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      You bet Sophie! While it does take a bit of an effort and trip to get there, I totally felt it was worth it and was so pleased I made the effort to include it on the itinerary. If you ever decide to know and want any further info, just let me know.

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  • November 19, 2018 at 2:11 am
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    Such eye-popping beauty there Nicole. Been on my list for years. Unlike any island on earth.

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  • November 13, 2018 at 6:19 pm
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    I am sure if I visited Easter Island, I probably wouldn’t want to come home! So happy you enjoyed your time there!

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  • November 13, 2018 at 3:02 pm
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    WOW this place sounds so interesting. I had never heard of it before. It looks so pretty <3

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    • November 13, 2018 at 7:56 pm
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      You are definitely not alone in not knowing about Easter Island, Laura. Many people you run into have never heard of the place and wouldn’t know of its existence unless they were interested in, or searching for, information on remote places or interested with history to do with the mysteries of the Moai. There is no denying it is a beautiful place though.

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  • November 12, 2018 at 12:58 pm
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    Sounds like a pretty spectacular place to visit. Thank you for sharing all your tips. I think I will be adding this to mine and my husbands bucket list!

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  • November 12, 2018 at 12:23 pm
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    Wow! that is true an awesome place to explore. I’d love to visit Eastern Island someday with kids. Glad to hear that you enjoyed your time there.

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    • November 12, 2018 at 1:16 pm
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      That’s great to hear Angela. There is no doubt some educational value for kids in addition to the beauty of the place. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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  • November 11, 2018 at 2:07 pm
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    Wow! 7,000 people Easter Island looks like a relaxing pace, a place to get away from the city to just unwind and change scenery. The history behind it is incredible. Thanks for the tips Easter Island will one day must visit.

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  • November 11, 2018 at 12:03 pm
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    I love camping! The history behind the Easter island is intriguing. I would love to visit

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  • November 10, 2018 at 11:03 am
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    Nicole, thank you so much for sharing this wonderful travelogue with us! 🙂 Easter Island is such a mysterious place, I would definitely want to visit one day, and I really appreciate the useful tips you shared with us, since it’s great to know this in advance so people could actually plan their itinerary and get the most out if their visit. Pictures you took are absolutely stunning! 🙂
    The most intriguing thing for me is how the moai statues were built and why, and even though there are many theories, it’s a real shame we don’t know anything about it and we can only guess.

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    • November 10, 2018 at 9:24 pm
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      Thank you so much for such a lovely comment Scarlet. It seems the more we look into the how the Moai were built, moved and positioned, the more questions we find without answers and the more the mystery grows. Perhaps there will be a discovery in the future which will completely explain everything to do with the Moai. In the meanwhile, I guess this mystery also adds another dimension to the experience of a place as beautiful as Easter Island.

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  • November 9, 2018 at 7:51 pm
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    I have seen countless photos of Easter Island. Finally I am reading about it. You have given me all the reasons to visit the island. The history is quite enriching. The 1,000 stone monoliths called ‘moai’ are the spectacular to look at. I would Like to take the sea route for the scenic view to reach Easter Island.

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    • November 9, 2018 at 8:31 pm
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      Thank you very much Parnashree. The Maoi have certainly been photographed a great deal and are quite fascinating to see. I agree that (if one has the time) going to the island by sea across the beautiful south pacific is the best and most scenic way to reach this wondrous destination.

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  • November 9, 2018 at 5:27 pm
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    Easter island looks absolutely beautiful! We are avid travelers, so I would love to do more research and add this landmark to our list. The statues and the landscape are amazing!

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  • November 9, 2018 at 4:52 am
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    What an amazing experience. I’ve always wanted to see Easter Island. My nine year old daughter just learned about it in school and she talks about visiting there too. It would make an incredible history learning opportunity for our family!

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  • November 9, 2018 at 3:28 am
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    I don’t think I could do a trip like this but it is very cool.

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    • November 9, 2018 at 1:18 pm
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      Sure you could if you really wanted to Cara! I would even be happy to help you with information if that you would like that. I agree that somewhere like this is really cool and thank you for reading and commenting.

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  • November 8, 2018 at 6:16 am
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    Amazing sculptures. Recommend a visit with a guide, so he/she will explain about all the process of construction and the history of Rapa Nui culture. Also get a camera to take amazing pictures of landscapes and the sculptures, like yours there are almost 900!

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    • November 8, 2018 at 6:30 am
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      Good thinking Tony! Many do utilize the services of a guide, guided tours etc, although there are differences in beliefs around how the sculpting, transportation etc of the Moai took place. The hundreds of Maoi can be photographed in so many directions and light etc over the island during any single day and you can get some wonderful images for sure. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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  • November 8, 2018 at 3:56 am
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    I would love to go to Easter Island. It is one of the most fascinating places to visit. Such amazing history.

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  • November 8, 2018 at 1:00 am
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    I love the photos. Thanks for sharing your amazing trip with us.

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    • November 8, 2018 at 4:26 am
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      Thanks very much, Abby. My photos and photography skills are not necessarily the best but in a place like Easter Island, there is much to help me out in the way of lovely scenery!

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  • November 7, 2018 at 10:27 pm
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    Easter Island is quite a journey! That sounds like an amazing trip and such an opportunity to be able to see such a cool place!

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    • November 7, 2018 at 10:49 pm
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      I was certainly grateful for the opportunity to see this place Marysa and it is such a pleasure to be able to photograph, write and share the experience.

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  • November 7, 2018 at 4:20 pm
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    This was very informative, you did a great job listing all of the details. The price is a little steep for us now, but this would be a great place to travel with the hubby once the kids are all grown up.

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    • November 7, 2018 at 10:44 pm
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      For sure, Easter Island is not necessarily a great place for kids as such so your idea of waiting a bit to enjoy some quality time at this location with your husband is a great idea.

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  • November 7, 2018 at 3:54 pm
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    What a beautiful place to visit! There is so much I didn’t know about it, and I have now added it to my bucket list! Thank you for sharing your remarkable impressions!

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  • November 7, 2018 at 2:53 pm
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    Wow! I have always wanted to visit Easter Island, looks like such a beautiful place.

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  • November 7, 2018 at 1:37 pm
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    Really a beautiful place…the pics and your description shows it all… I would love to camp there..

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    • November 7, 2018 at 10:38 pm
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      Thank you Monidipa. That camp grounds photo I shared in this post shows the stunning location right on the waterfront facing the vast and beautiful South Pacific Ocean with fabulous sea breezes. I could certainly think of much worse places to stay!

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  • November 7, 2018 at 12:49 pm
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    I have always wanted to go to Easter Island this is a great guide to getting there and love the pictures you took, they make me want to visit even more.

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  • November 7, 2018 at 10:19 am
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    What a beautiful place! Those stone statues are really interesting. It just amazes me how people of ancient times were able to carve statues out of solid rock and how they were even able to bring them to their current site! I wish I could have a chance to visit Easter island too. Thank you for sharing your experience.

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    • November 7, 2018 at 10:33 pm
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      Thank you very much for commenting Annemarie. Exactly how the carving and transportation of the solid rock (weighing many tons each) occurred is still not known today. There are many theories as to how this was even possible with a number of documentaries made on the subject. I just wanted to see them up close and appreciate how massive some of these Moai are. Hope you also visit as well one day.

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  • November 7, 2018 at 10:15 am
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    The one thing I love to see in Easter island is the statue of Moai which is facing the sea. I seen a similar replica in Japan Miyazaki few years back.

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    • November 7, 2018 at 10:27 pm
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      Yes, I know about the replicas created in the Easter Island-themed park in the Miyazaki Prefecture along the Nichinan Coast, although I never saw these during the time I lived in Japan. Now you have reminded me, I should make the effort to go and see them just for the fun of it when I next visit Japan again. Thanks so much for commenting.

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  • November 7, 2018 at 8:56 am
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    Nicole, I find it hard to believe that over 7,000 people live on Easter Island. It seems so remote to be so populated. Where do they get supplies? Do they have great broadband? I am so intrigued. Thanks for sharing.

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    • November 7, 2018 at 10:16 pm
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      I know what you mean Alvern, a lot of people expressed surprise over the population there, although you don’t feel that there are many people at all when you are travelling through the island. Due to the fact that Easter Island is politically part of Chile, a lot of support and basically all their supplies are shipped from mainland Chile. No broadband though, just dial-up and internet is available at the various hotels. Many thanks for reading and commenting.

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  • November 7, 2018 at 8:34 am
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    It’s unique alright! Those statues have always fascinated me. What I didn’t realise is that the island is part of Chile. How interesting. I’m pretty sure I would love this place.

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  • November 7, 2018 at 4:08 am
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    I never been to Easter Island. I have to save it on my bucket list! What a beautiful place to explore.

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  • November 7, 2018 at 2:30 am
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    Really a beautiful place…the pics and your description shows it all….
    Thank you

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  • November 7, 2018 at 2:03 am
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    Woah, so beautiful! This has such a rich history. It would be an amazing place to visit!

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  • November 6, 2018 at 11:48 pm
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    I would love to travel there but the price range is currently out of range for me. Seems like an amazing journey though. For now I will have to keep it local or even head to Central and South America as it’s still relatively affordable. Beautiful pictures though!

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    • November 7, 2018 at 1:04 am
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      I truly understand what you mean regarding the budget. However, depending on where you head in South America, this might be very doable from there – especially if you are in Chile with regular flights from Santiago. Thanks so much for your kind comment.

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  • November 6, 2018 at 11:16 pm
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    Such an interesting and beautiful destination. I would love to visit here one day.

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  • November 6, 2018 at 12:14 pm
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    Well written and wonderfully described, the pictures tell more about the story. Definitely seems to be a place worth visiting although a bit expensive for me when I think of travelling to the place all the way from India. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful place with all of us.

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    • November 6, 2018 at 7:56 pm
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      Travel from India would be quite expensive and perhaps the way to do it would be to do so if you are ever in South America and then you could include it while you were in that region. Thank you so much for reading and your kind comments Neha.

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  • November 5, 2018 at 1:28 am
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    What a great write up, Nicole. This is definitely on my bucket list and now I’m itching even more to get there. What an astonishing landscape!

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    • November 5, 2018 at 9:59 am
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      Thanks so much Natalie. Let me know if I can be of any help in your plans to get there. I’m sure you would love it and I could just imagine you publishing a great edition of your column from Easter Island!

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  • November 5, 2018 at 12:44 am
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    This place is definitely one of those places that is a must-visit-someday and your post makes me want to do it sooner than later. 🙂
    there is something special about it indeed..

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    • November 5, 2018 at 9:54 am
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      Thank you so much for that kind comment Vidya. I really do hope you experience it sooner rather than later as well – particularly while it is not yet flooded with mass tourism. It has that special quality that I believe we all appreciate – a blend of history, mystery, peace and beauty.

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  • November 4, 2018 at 5:28 pm
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    I have been always dreaming about going to the Easter Island. You made me aware that, it’s much farther from the land then I thought and the tickets are much more expensive then I imagined. Talking about your article, I think it’s a great guide of all the essentials. Great job!

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    • November 4, 2018 at 7:54 pm
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      Thank you so much, Anita. Yes, it’s a long way to go and is more expensive than most other places but, like most places, there are always deals to be had from time to time, especially when it comes to flights to Chile – which will put you much closer to then take that final leg across to Easter Island.

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  • November 4, 2018 at 4:47 pm
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    I have always wanted to go to Easter Island, and to be honest, I didn’t realize cruise ships stopped by. I would love to camp at one of the camp spots and didn’t realize you could do that either, which is more my cup of tea. I find this whole place so fascinating and loved your pictures, the volcanic geology is awesome!

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    • November 4, 2018 at 7:50 pm
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      There are so many things I didn’t realise as well Susanna until I actually got there. The campgrounds that I saw were positioned so well – right on the coast with a fabulous view of the ocean and capturing the sea breezes. It would be such a wonderful location from which to explore the rest of the island.

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  • November 4, 2018 at 2:53 pm
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    I’ve heard so much about Easter Island and your post has convinced me even more that this needs to be added to my destination list. What a beautiful and unique destination…I’m in love with all the greenery and those views…WOW!

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    • November 4, 2018 at 7:46 pm
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      Thank you so much Aisha. I feel the same way and was so excited when plans to include Easter Island were included in the itinerary. It is really unique, beautiful and quite fascinating.

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  • November 4, 2018 at 2:32 pm
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    What a beautiful place in this world Nicole! I’d love to visit one day, and I’m glad to read it isn’t yet overrun with tourists. The photos of the Moai are incredible, and it seems there are never any bad photos of them! I appreciate the information on the flight time it takes to get there too; It does seem quite expensive, but if I get to Chile one day soon, I’d like to make the extra journey to Easter Island.

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    • November 4, 2018 at 7:43 pm
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      Hi Lisa. Totally agree that Easter Island would best be incorporated into a trip to Chile as no matter where in the world you have arrived from, you would have travelled most of the way. Doing it this way will make it ‘less expensive’ as it were to experience Easter Island and you would also get the benefit of enjoying so much that mainland Chile has to offer as well. Thank you so much again for continuing to read and comment on Camping for Women posts.

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  • November 4, 2018 at 1:50 pm
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    Easter Island has been on my bucket list for a long time. As a budget traveler though, I had pushed it down the list. I hadn’t considered whether a cruise from South America or Australia might be a possibility so I’ll look into that. I didn’t realize that there were so many statues placed throughout the island – I thought they were all in one place. Thank you for inspiring me to take another look at the options!

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    • November 4, 2018 at 7:29 pm
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      Thank you for sharing your thoughts Annick. I would suggest that it would be more likely to get special deals on flights and that flights will always be more cost-effective than a cruise (both in terms of financial costs as well as time taken in travel). The placement of the statues (Moai) all across the island just adds another mystery to it all in terms of how it was possible to get them moved and positioned in the first place. I do hope you will also get there to experience it and I’m so pleased you found the post useful.

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  • November 4, 2018 at 12:52 pm
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    Hey!! I have never been to this part of the world. Surely it seems you had a great time. Would definately love to escape to such beautiful places from the daily stressful lives of indian women. Thanks for sharing!!

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    • November 4, 2018 at 7:23 pm
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      Thank you very much for commenting Anshul. Yes, I definitely had a great time and just enjoyed being in such a beautiful, interesting and peaceful place. A big change from the everyday world most of us experience each day.

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  • November 4, 2018 at 12:24 pm
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    Easter Island looks gorgeous and green, and it’s definitely a place I would love to visit one day.

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  • November 4, 2018 at 10:58 am
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    OMG, the landscape remind me a little bit of Hawaii. How’s the food there? Is it better to get there from Australia or from South America ?

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    • November 4, 2018 at 11:05 am
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      Hi Andrew. Yes, there are definitely some similarities to Hawaii and their cuisine is a cross between South Pacific island and South American fare. Certainly, from a proximity point of view, South America (Chile) would be the easiest way to get there, by plane. Way faster and generally much cheaper than by sea. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.

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  • November 4, 2018 at 9:36 am
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    Thanks for another great post and destination that I had not known much about. Thanks to people like you we find about some new destinations and Easter Island is surely one of them. Love the shot of the group of moai at Ahu Tongariki and this is just one place I would love to visit. The landscape is wonderful and a lot of nature as well. The travel there is not as easy but I’m sure worth it once you reach there.

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    • November 4, 2018 at 10:25 am
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      Thank you so much for such a lovely comment, Amar. It’s true that Easter Island is not the easiest place to get to (and because of this, not too many tourists comparatively make it there) but because it is quite a controversial and beautiful place – you do end up feeling that it is all worthwhile in the end. Thank you again for reading and commenting.

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  • November 3, 2018 at 10:21 pm
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    Easter Island wasn’t on my radar until today. I have added it to the top of my travel bucket list and plan to travel by air.

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    • November 3, 2018 at 11:55 pm
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      That fantastic Tami! Most people do travel to Easter Island by air from Santiago, Chile. Flying is really great as it allows you more of your time to be exploring and enjoying your destination. I would love to go back one day to spend more time there.

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  • November 3, 2018 at 12:10 pm
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    Oh wow! I have been wanting to go for a long time! Easter Island is just so remote but it looks like totally worth it. Did you hike a lot?

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    • November 3, 2018 at 11:48 pm
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      As much as I love hiking (and Easter Island would be a great place to do it), I, unfortunately, did not have enough time to do that activity any justice at all. Instead, I focussed on getting around as much of the island as I could to see as many significant places as possible, while still appreciating the beauty that surrounds you. Thanks so much for commenting Paulina.

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  • November 3, 2018 at 2:43 am
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    Easter Island looks so amazing. I would love to go there one day myself. I would love to take my two young boys there also. Would be such an amazing history lesson.

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    • November 3, 2018 at 11:44 pm
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      An amazing history lesson indeed Susanna! Aside from the interesting history of the island, there are so many things that we don’t know, particularly concerning the creation of the Moai. How were such amazing structures weighing hundreds of tons carried from the quarry all over the island when without any of the equipment and engineering knowledge we have today? These and so many other questions have been the subject of so many documentaries done on the island. Thank you so much for reading and commenting.

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  • November 3, 2018 at 2:28 am
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    I have never looked into traveling to Easter island. This is the first time I have read about Easter island. Honestly, the photos are so beautiful and I liked reading about your experience. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  • November 2, 2018 at 11:48 pm
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    Oh I have heard AMAZING things about Easter island! It looks stunning and definitely somewhere I know I would love!

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  • November 2, 2018 at 11:40 pm
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    Huh. I always thought the park area was free. I’m surprised to hear it costs $80.00 but it seems worth it because that would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Definitely adding Easter Island to my bucket list!

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    • November 2, 2018 at 11:54 pm
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      Hi Anshula. I agree that the fee is worth it for the unique experience and I suppose when you consider the cost to get to the island in the first place, $80.00 is not a lot in the broader scheme of things. I gather the fee goes toward maintaining the park itself. Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment.

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  • November 2, 2018 at 8:43 pm
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    Easter Island is one of the places I most want to go to – one day. You’re so lucky! What an amazing trip.

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  • November 2, 2018 at 6:39 pm
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    I had no idea where Easter Island was! Looks like a gorgeous place to visit.

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  • November 2, 2018 at 6:11 pm
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    Easter Island seems like a great place to visit! I have never been but would for sure look into it!

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  • November 2, 2018 at 4:06 pm
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    This seems like such an intriguing place! And I never knew just how in the middle of nowhere it was! It looks like a beautiful island, I’d love to visit someday!

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    • November 2, 2018 at 8:30 pm
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      I’ve been keen to visit for a while just because of its reputation and isolation and was so pleased to finally arrive and have a look around. I hope you visit also Alice.

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  • November 2, 2018 at 3:15 pm
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    Only seen this place in books and magazines. Hope to visit there someday. Maybe even on Easter!

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    • November 2, 2018 at 8:27 pm
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      Thanks Scott. Easter Island got its name when it was discovered by the Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen on Easter Sunday way back in 1722. Roggeveen named it Paasch-Eyland (18th century Dutch for “Easter Island”). The island’s official Spanish name, Isla de Pascua, also means “Easter Island”. I hope you get the chance to visit also and thanks again for commenting.

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  • November 2, 2018 at 12:07 pm
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    I never knew much about Easter Island, but now I want to go! It’s pretty far away from me…and everywhere! But now I’m adding it to my bucket list!

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    • November 2, 2018 at 12:31 pm
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      Far away it definitely is Jessica, but I’m sure you will be happy to have visited it and explored as much as you can. There is so much beauty, mystery and culture there to appreciate. Thank you for reading and leaving a comment.

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  • November 2, 2018 at 3:03 am
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    Before this, I didn’t know… But it turns out I have to go to Easter Island! Thanks for the post, this place is now on my “must-go-to list!”

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    • November 2, 2018 at 12:27 pm
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      Thanks for stopping by and commenting Peter. The mysteriousness of the Moai has drawn many people from far and wide to visit this particular island to see this wonder for themselves and speculate as to how this all occurred. Do drop us a line again when you get there to share your impressions and I’m happy that this post resonated with you.

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