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TravelPod Member ReviewsO'tai Hotel Easter Island
Shame about the cockerel at 4am
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I'll write a proper summary of Easter Island when I'm back in Santiago and have more time, but I thought I'd write a brief note now, because this place is awesome so far.
The flight was trouble free, with the exception of a pilot who didn't know the name of the island. Well he knew it in Spanish, Isla Pascua, but when it came to announcing our arrival at the island in English he stumbled to 'Welcome to Pascua Isle, ...
... major attractions. The first site we came to was Te Pito Kura. This is the largest moai ever to have been transported from the quarry at Rano Raraku, and it is 10 meters in height and estimated to weigh 70 tonnes. It is unrestored, and lying exactly where it landed when pushed over. The "topknot" lies next to it, and is 4 meters in height and estimated to weigh 10 tonnes.
Around the back of this moai is a stone enclosure with 4 small rocks ...
... anything of historical value, and well they should be. Lesson learned.
Before nodding off for bed, Paul emerged at our door to tell us that he would be taking another couple staying at the inn to the moai of Ahu Tongariki for a sunrise photo experience the next morning, and would we like to go with them. Of course we said YES. Therefore, we had an early bedtime and slept well, in our home away from home. We still couldn't believe we were on Easter Island.
... evening and highly recommended when you visit Easter Island. The men were also utterly gorgeous, so I had to get a sneaky photo of me with them at the end of the show. We followed this with some late night drinking into the wee hours. In just one day I had learnt so much about Easter Island and the Rapa Nui people. I knew Easter Island would be a very special place to visit, but so far all of my expectations had been blown out of the water and I still had a lot more to come on Easter ...
... platforms near the living areas on the coast, to guard their ancestors from evil spirits, facing inwards to the islanders. After many centuries of peaceful cohabitation, there was an uprising in approximately 1600-1800s and the short ears people toppled all the Moai and wiped out the long ears. Only a handful of the Moai have been resurrected in recent times, and nowadays the Moais are only being preserved rather than resurrected, so we are lucky to see any at all.