Episode 18 - Exploring Easter Island (Rapa Nui)

May 17, 2019

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Easter Island (or Rapa Nui) is a tiny, 63 square mile island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It is part of Chile but located over 2,300 miles from Sanitago and is considered one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world. It is also known for Moai, the large stone statues all over the island carved hundreds of years ago. When we left for South America we had no intention of going to this island, however, another volunteer we met in Bolivia convinced us it was worth trying to go (it didn't take much convincing). Long story short, we found a workaway on the island and inexpensive plane tickets and booked the trip. We spent the month of April 2019 on Easter Island. It was an amazing island to explore, we tell you all about it in this episode! Additional photos posted below.

 

 

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Earning Happiness by John Bartmann licensed under a CC0 1.0 Universal License. 

 

Easter Island is in the middle of the pacific!

 More photos from Easter Island!

 

 Flight tracker :)

On our way to Easter Island! 

 

 One of the first sunsets on the island

 Moai at the quarry - so cool!

 Ahu Nau Nau at Anakena Beach (most of these moai have topknots)

 Having a bit of fun with the moai

 Sunset from our small apartment

 This dog wasn't too impressed by the sunset

 Walking into town (Hanga Roa)

 

Dinner splurge (Ceviche) and some of the moai

Ahu Tongariki

Rano Raraku (the quarry where the moai were carved)

Rano Raraku (the quarry where the moai were carved)

One of our favorite pastimes - ice cream!

The Kari Kari dance show

The Kari Kari dance show

 Ahu Tongariki

 

Cleaning the bungalows

 Clean Bungalow

Kris working at the workaway 

 Moai selfie on the way to church on Easter Sunday

 The island cemetery

 Island Catholic Church

 The awesome guidebook!

 Downtown Hanga Roa (the only town on the island)

 Cave exploring

 Playing Tiny Epic Galaxies in our apartment

 Sunrise at Poike (the eastern most part of the island)

 Hiking Poike

 Another epic sunset

 Ahu Nau Nau

 Anakena Beach (the biggest of only two beaches on the island)

 

 More ice cream!

 Sunset with the Moai

 Kris made a dog friend on a hike we did to Orongo

 Pineapples grown on the island were expensive (5000 Chilean Pesos = $7.20)

View from one of the bungalows we cleaned 

Rano Kau 

 Rano Kau

 The dog we nicknamed "Roo" who followed us all the way into town and back

 And this is "Max" who also tagged along and followed us into town

 "Roo" peeking into a store to see if we were ever going to come back to meet him

 

 Hike to the island's tallest point - Teravaka

Hike to the island's tallest point - Teravaka

Hike to the island's tallest point - Teravaka

Hike to the island's tallest point - Teravaka

 So many rainbows on the hike!

 

View from our apartment at the workaway

 

 So many amazing sunsets

 The little girls at our workaway 

 Our workaway hosts - they were amazing!

One of our last sunsets on the island 

 Leaving Easter Island

 It's so beautiful! 

 

 

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