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South America » Chile » Easter Island June 13th 2017

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South America » Chile » Easter Island December 10th 2016

I was fascinated with this place as a kid. Despite it being a dream to visit ever since, I wasn’t sure I would ever get here. I’m fairly confident that I’ll one day get to all the places that I’ve always wanted to, but Rapa Nui / Isla de Pascua / Easter Island is so remote that I couldn’t say if I’d ever make it. Well, I made it. And it didn’t disappoint. In fact, it may have been even better than I hoped. It’s a whopping 5.5 hour flight from Santiago giving you ample time to gaze down upon blue nothingness. There is not even a speck of land on the way and if you keep going in any direction you won’t find any more land for another 2075 km (tiny Pitcairn Island way off ... read more
Ahu Tongariki
Petroglyphs on the delightful hike around the northwest coast
Rano Kau Crater

South America » Chile » Easter Island October 29th 2016

A lot of people queried my decision to go to Easter Island, but I can honestly say out of countless places I've visited in 30 countries, this is my new favourite. Everywhere on the island is stunning! I expected the culture and moai (statues), but i didn't expect the subtropical climate or the coastline, jagged from volcanic rock, with gorgeous blue-green waters. The flight took 5.5 hours from Chile on a big international size plane. Easter Island is one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world! The whole island is world heritage area which makes sense given how stunning it is. There are 887 moai on the island, as well as 3 volcanic craters. You could spend quite a while here but I only had 4 days so I crammed as much in as ... read more
Moto Nui island
Moai and me

South America » Chile » Easter Island » Hanga Roa March 5th 2016

Given that we were due to fly out from Santiago the following morning we chose to overnight at an airport hotel. The taxi driver who took us from the bus station had quoted us a rough price but couldn't be exact as the taxi was metered. In fairness, he tried so hard to get us there within the price range he had indicated that I think we broke all land speed records and he was only a couple of thousand pesos over at the end. He earned his tip! The Hotel Diego de Almagro did exactly what it said on the tin, even providing a reasonably priced and very tasty evening meal when airport hotels usually realise they have a captive audience and charge the earth. The complementary breakfast set us up for the day the ... read more
LAN Dreamliner
With and without eyes and topknot
Our verandah at Easter Island

South America » Chile » Easter Island February 21st 2016

Geo: -27.1105, -109.363The fourth full day on the ship was scheduled as a cruise-by of Easter Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site. We expected to be there from about 4 – 6 p.m. As it turned out, we arrived by 2:30 and went straight to the main village of Hanga Roa on the west coast to disembark a "seriously unwell" passenger. The captain announced fairly early in the morning that this passenger needed medical attention, and he picked up speed to over 28 knots to get to Easter Island as quickly as possible. There is no other populated land mass in the area. On Easter Island (Rapa Nui in the indigenous language), the passenger could get a flight back to Santiago for the appropriate care. The arrangements for the sick passenger included being picked up by ... read more
View from Our Balcony
View from Our Balcony
First View of Easter Island from the Lookout Deck

South America » Chile » Easter Island » Hanga Roa May 14th 2015

Iorana! (Rapa Nui for Hello) Off we flew to one of the most remote islands on the planet...Isla Pascua (Easter Island). And we were hosted by the lovely town of Hanga Roa. Far flung Easter Island sits about 3700 km from its Motherland in the middle of the Pacific Ocean - it is one of the most isolated inhabited places on Earth. They say that timing is everything. We arrived on the island at a very interesting time, indeed (politically!) The indigenous Rapa Nui people have kicked the Chilean National Park workers out of office and have taken over operations of the historical sites. (And presently, Chileans are not allowed at the sites.) Financially, it was great for us as we didn’t have to pay the USD 60 each for entrance fee to the island. Some ... read more
Ahu Tongariki
Rano Kau
Volcanic landscape of Rapa Nui (Easter Island)

South America » Chile » Easter Island April 15th 2015

15-16 April - Hanga Roa - Easter Island, Chile After another two days at sea we reached Easter Island. We felt very lucky, as our ship was to anchor overnight allowing us to take a two-day tour. The first anchorage was found to be too rough for the tenders so the captain moved the ship around to the other side of the triangular shaped island were they managed to get the tenders onto a landing near a stunning beach. Ron had been worried we may not make it ashore as we had read that over the years previous cruises had been unable to tender. We were very pleased with our two-day tour, which had been organized through Easter Island Travel; we not only saw all the most interesting sites but we had a wonderful lunch overlooking ... read more
Easter Island
The beach where we tendered
More Moai

South America » Chile » Easter Island April 6th 2015

I lived inChilefor nearly two years, yet it’s not surprising that I never made it toEaster Island, orRapa Nui, as natives call it. That’s because it is 2,336 miles away from the mainland country. But it’s always been a dream of mine to visit. I am fascinated by its stories and history and of course the moai, the giant face statues that seem to have been on the island since its beginning. I am also quite fond of the idea of an island in the middle of nowher I find the isolation enchanting. Now, as you may know, I have a rather strict rule about returning to countries I’ve already visited. There is just simply no way I can make it to all 196 countries in my lifetime if I spend time traveling to a country ... read more

South America » Chile » Easter Island February 21st 2015

Samstag, 21.02.2015 Valparaiso - Osterinsel(1996 Seemeilen, 4 Seetage) Die See hatte sich zum Glück am zweiten Tag unserer Reise nach „Rapa Nui“, wie die Osterinsel von den Einheimischen genannt wird, soweit beruhigt, dass die Gischt nur noch selten bis zu unserem Fenster, welches ca. 7 Meter über der Wasserlinie liegt, hochspritzte. Auch das Laufen war wieder, zwar schwankend, aber ohne Halt suchend möglich. Ich hätte nicht gedacht, dass ein so grosses Schiff, wie die Costa Deliziosa bei rauher See sich so stark bewegt. Sicher macht auch das seit Valparaiso gefahrene hohe Tempo, um die 22 Knoten, etwas aus. Wir müssen die 18stündige Verspätung von Valparaiso, in den 4 Tagen ja wieder einholen. Übrigens 22 Knoten entsprechen in etwa 40 km/h. Vor Valparaiso fuhren wir zum Teil mit nur 12 Knoten (22 km/h). Wir habe ... read more

South America » Chile » Easter Island December 11th 2014

6 décembre 2014 - Jour 50 C'est parti pour l'île de Pâques! On a bien cru qu'on n'arriverait pas à organiser ce trajet en last minute car quand on a commencé à regarder pour les vols ils étaient affichés à CHF 1400 aller-retour par personne. Comme il n'y a qu'une seule compagnie qui a le monopole, c'est difficile de faire jouer la concurrence. Et bizarrement, plus de temps tu restes sur l'île, plus le prix des billets baisse. Mais comme en plus de ça les logements et le coût de la vie sur l'île sont affreusement chers, ça commençait à faire beaucoup pour cette escale. Mais par chance on a fini par tomber sur un site genre ebookers local où on a réussi à dégoter un aller-retour de 5 jours pour CHF 885 ! Et c'est ... read more
Moaï couché

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