Easter Island aka Rapa Nui aka Isla de Pascua
Trip Start Sep 28, 2010
58Trip End Apr 11, 2011
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Admiral Roggeveen, who came upon the island on Easter Day in 1722, named it Easter Island. Today, the land, people and lanuage are all referred to locally as Rapa Nui.
The population of Easter Island reached its peak at perhaps more than 10,000, far exceeding the capabilities of the small island's ecosystem, today's population is 4,000. Resources became scarce, and the once lush palm forests were destroyed - cleared for moving the massive stone Moai. In this regard, Easter Island has become, for many, an ecological disaster.
Thereafter, a thriving and advanced social order began to decline into bloody civil war and, evidently, cannibalismrecent archaeological efforts. Some have suggested that Easter Island is the remnant of a lost continent, or the result of an extra-terrestrial influence . Archaeological evidence, however, indicates discovery of the island by Polynesians at about 400 AD - led, according to legend, by Hotu Matua.
Vic and I loved this place and it far exceeded our expectations! We were greeted with flower leis at the airport and a polynesian group was playing. Ther weather was sunny and warm everyday (except for once when we got caught in a downpour) We stayed at a hostel across the street from the beach with a 15 min. walk to the center of town. We took two different tours and also went to a Rapa Nui dinner show.
We were warned to bring food staples with us because everything is very expensive! Well they were'nt kidding and we didn't listen. Can beer was $4, french fries $10, fish and chips $25, i could go on and on.... The entrance to their parks was $60 a person, but definately worth it!
Vic and I went to the beach with a bottle of wine to watch the sunset across from our hostel one evening and to our amazement there were many petroglyphs right there.
I know there are many, many photos but we could'nt help ourselves! I hope everyone gets a chance to come here in their lifetime.