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Tuesday, July 5, 2005

I have now spent two half and five full days on Easter Island. And what a place it is! Maybe not the highlight of my trip, but I am pretty sure it will make top five or so (you will have to wait and see until I present the "Travelling Oscars" at the end of my journey). I highly recommend you to go see Easter Island, if you happen to be in the area (ehh, unlikely I guess). Plan on staying three to four full days (even two days may be enough, unless you happen to be a total moai freak).

So why would you go visit Easter Island, other than it being one of the most remote (but still very accessible) places on earth? 100% of the tourists coming here, do so in order to admire the incredible moai statues that is scattered around more or less the whole island. And then it's also a nice place to just relax and take in the beautiful scenery.

I traveled to Easter Island on my own, but was lucky enough to meet Drew (from Katherine in Northern Territory, Australia) on my first day, when I visited the crater of Rano Kau and Orongo Ceremonial Village located at the rim of the extinct volcano. So over the next few days we explored the island together, and I found that Drew was in a situation not unlike my own. He is the same age as me, has lived in different countries overseas for the last ten years, working in IT (but got a bit bored), no wife or kids, no mortgage or car, and not exactly sure when and where to settle. I guess that's the Oz version of me! Drew is just starting his trip around Latin America, making his way to the US and Canada over the next few months. You can follow his travels here, as well as watch some of his videos from Easter Island:

Drew's Walkabout

Drew and I rented push-bikes (one day we biked around the entire island in eight hours, it's that small) and a 4WD to go in search of the moai. And during the days we stayed on Easter Island, I think we managed to see more or less all there is to see, including of course Ahu Tongariki and it's line up of 15 moai, Ahu Nau Nau on Anakena Beach, Ahu Ature Huki (the first moai to be levered up on the island, by Thor Heyerdahl and company), Ahu Akivi and it's seven moai, Rano Kau and Orongo, Rano Raruku where they carved the moai, and topping it all off with Ahu Tahai for sunset. We also visited the museum, went to the highest point on the island (Maunga Terevaka) and dropped by several caves, including Ana Kakenga and it's two windows. All in all an incredible place, but the definitive highlight for me was Rano Raruku and it's 600 or so finished and half-finished moai scattered on the slopes of this extinct volcano.
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