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Old Posted Sep 17, 2017, 2:57 PM
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easter island is way, way out there

rapa nui, isla de pascua, easter island







Easter Island (Rapa Nui: Rapa Nui, Spanish: Isla de Pascua) is a Chilean island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, at the southeasternmost point of the Polynesian Triangle in Oceania.

Easter Island is famous for its 887 extant monumental statues, called moai, created by the early Rapa Nui people. In 1995, UNESCO named Easter Island a World Heritage Site, with much of the island protected within Rapa Nui National Park.

The island is about 24.6 km (15.3 mi) long by 12.3 km (7.6 mi) at its widest point; its overall shape is triangular. It has an area of 163.6 square kilometres (63.2 sq mi), and a maximum altitude of 507 metres (1,663 ft). There are three Rano (freshwater crater lakes), at Rano Kau, Rano Raraku and Rano Aroi, but no permanent streams or rivers.

Polynesian people most likely settled on Easter Island sometime between 700 and 1100 CE, and created a thriving and industrious culture as evidenced by the island's numerous enormous stone moai and other artefacts. However, human activity, the introduction of the Polynesian rat and overpopulation led to gradual deforestation and extinction of natural resources which severely weakened the Rapa Nui civilization. By the time of European arrival in 1722, the island's population had dropped to 2,000–3,000 from an estimated high of approximately 15,000 just a century earlier (Btw - that first Dutch explorer added to the loss by shooting and killing a dozen or so natives). European diseases and Peruvian slave raiding in the 1860s further reduced the Rapa Nui population, to a low of only 111 inhabitants in 1877. Out of these 111 Rapanui, only 36 had descendants, but all of today's Rapanui claim descent from those 36.

Easter Island is one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world. The nearest inhabited land (around 50 residents in 2013) is Pitcairn Island, 2,075 kilometres (1,289 mi) away; the nearest town with a population over 500 is Rikitea, on the island of Mangareva, 2,606 km (1,619 mi) away; the nearest continental point lies in central Chile, 3,512 kilometres (2,182 mi) away.

Easter Island is a special territory of Chile that was annexed in 1888. Administratively, it belongs to the Valparaíso Region, and, more specifically, it is the only commune of the Province Isla de Pascua. The 1982 population was 1,936. According to the 2012 Chilean census, the island has about 5,800 residents, of whom some 60 percent are descendants of the aboriginal Rapa Nui.





tl;dr: moai !!!





more per wiki:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_Island









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aeropuerto mataveri













hanga roa













hanga roa is the only town on easter island




























school














hanga roa bay



























a rustic casita














another swim area



















ahu tahai








































this is a polynesian ‘hare paenga’ or boat house foundation


























an ahu tahai moai called ko te riku





















moving on, this is another area on the island called ana te pahu
















caves where islanders could hide out











stone beds down there





















ahu akivi













ahu = the stone pedestals the moai are placed on
















the moai all line up well lol














ahu akivi are the only moai that face the sea, the rest face inward ---> per wiki:

-- most moai were erected along the coastline, watching over their descendants in the settlements before them, with their backs toward the spirit world in the sea.














cool gate!














puna pao













puna pao is where islanders mined the red scoria and made the pukao, or moai hat (which is actually a man bun top-knot, not a hat)

- the belief was that mana is preserved in the hair

- the later addition of pukao to moai meant more status, as far as is known or speculated.


















the mined area















nice views























these are marae cabanas back in hanga roa - recommended!














https://www.marae.cl/en/


















more of laid back hanga roa town

































night -- near the airport















no one was up in the club -- oh well lol
















ovahe

















burial area















ovahe is on the northernmost side of rapa nui island












it is sort of an adventure in hiking and climbing over sharp volcanic stone to an isolated beach





















ahu anakena












basically anakena is the polynesian beach of your dreams





















i mean sure there are plenty of nice tropical beaches….but they don’t have moai














these moai are called ahu nau nau

















not fighting the light, the view from behind is better















this moai guy is ahu ature huki






















beachy time


























flying the rapa nui longboat flag
















hanga roa cemetario












the modern island cemetery is a colorful and fascinating mix of cross cultural influences






































rano raraku



















rano raraku is where they carved out the moai -- the type of rock is called tuff



















the moai all certainly have their own personalities, as was intended














moai with gages and long ears are newer and those with regular sized ears are older


















more nice views of the island from up on the volcano quarry

















moai lean around because they were never moved to their sites and are buried in volcanic mudslides

















a moai carving site -- if you look close you can see a moai to be -- that was not quite to be


























this huge unfinished moai is amazing




















a moai guy a ways around the volcano hillside is pretty special



















he foreshadows the next site….














….and he kneels -- his name is tuku turi






















if you had to pick, this view is probably thee easter island money shot that you may have seen
































rano raraku moai point of view

















a hike up above the moai quarry is the peak of rano raraku volcano



























there is always a straggler!
















post-hiking chillaxin --















wut?













ummm, no












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Old Posted Sep 17, 2017, 3:06 PM
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ahu tongariki





























ahu tongariki is the largest lineup of moai and some of the most massive sized










































get’em perfectly lined up again!

































jipes! we barely dodged them!
















the biggest tip for exploring rapa nui is -- always go early and beat the tour busses














hanga roa fire station
















some structures are made from volcanic stone

















flora, fauna, yadda, etc.

































holy cross catholic church in hanga roa
















going to mass is a high point of a visit to the island because they have a rare dispensation to do things a bit differently --

-- most everybody goes, they sing native songs and it’s quite the social highlight of the week on the island --






polynesian jesus carvings




























there are visible signs of tension between chile and rapa nui islanders over property rights, soverignity, etc. --

it does not affect visitors and i think is best left as an internal issue, but should be considered


















ahu akahanga















ahu akahanga is on the eastern side of the island & is mostly a long hiking area


























another old burial site





















ahu vinapu



















ahu vinapu site is at the southeastern end of the airport -- they get about one flight a day



















a stray pukao





















some sort of ceremonial area


















nobody knows how the moai were moved around the island or why the they were knocked down --

















more ‘downtown’ hanga roa














































ranu kao


















ranu kao is a volcano on the southern end of the island






































these are the isoltes motu or motu islands ---> motu iti, motu nui & motu kao kao


the pointy one is where the birdman racers swam over to & climbed up to bring back a bird egg
















orongo

















on the southern tip of rapa nui, orongo is a ceremonial town only --

-- this was where they chose the birdmen racers, who were actually proxies selected by prominent islanders

-- from here they watched the race and chose the birdman winner --

















-- the short lived birdman cult era came along after the moai eras




















































time to go














goodbye from the mysterious & wonderful ‘navel of the world’ -- i hope you enjoyed!


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^ hmm, but if they all rose from that cemetery i think the islanders would be in trouble!
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I forget that Easter Island is even a real place sometimes - thanks for the tour!
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What's the wifi like out there?
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Really excellent and educational thread. I've never found such a good collection of photos of the island and history.

This is a place I've always wanted to visit. A couple of years ago I spent some time watching a bunch of videos taken by tourists on planes landing at the airport.

How long did you stay? Decent accommodations? What kind of food? I know the history is more important than that, but thought I'd ask.
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we stayed five days, including two of travel -- so really three days.

i would say you could see the big sites in a very minimum of two full days on your own with good weather and if you did your planning homework and you hustle around. a week would be best, or more if you are just hiking or biking around the island and not using a car (many people do this).

yes there is wifi around hanga roa -- its adequate, but its weak and it comes and goes. there is one tv channel too.

for food, well, you are not there for that. however, there are a range of restaurants and a couple grocery stores, so its fine. we basically went sightseeing in the morning, came back for lunch, then more sightseeing, then at dusk back to a grocery for empanadas, beer, water, etc. to take back to our place.

for nightlife, hanga roa has a couple bars and discos and a native dancers supper show too. also, the local polynesian style tattoo artists are rather famous, if you want to get one.

as far as accommodations, there is moderate variety. by far most are basic homestyle property affairs that islanders rent out. however, there are also a few hotels and one or two higher end resorts.

for more info check out the pics/link above in the thread to our place, marae cabanas, which seemed like a fairly typical example -- it only has three cabanas and it was a very clean, comfortable, homey place to come back to after sightseeing and hiking all day. for example, we sat out on our cabana lanai deck in the mornings and in the courtyard casita under the stars at night -- i really liked it.
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Cool, thanks for sharing!
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I've never considered a trip to Easter Island until just now. Great set, thanks for sharing.
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Thanks for the tour, it'll save me a trip out there, as I get extremely, and I mean, extremely nervous being on islands, and this island being so far away from the mainland, I would never consider it. I've gotten nervous even being on the Hawaiian islands.
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It is way out there. Very cool.
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You covered some extensive ground in a few days. Thanks for sharing one of the more unique photo threads on here that I've seen in a while.
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^ thanks all --

-- here is something recent from the nytimes science section regarding the origin of the rapa nui people:



SCIENCE

In Easter Island DNA, Evidence of Genetic Loneliness

By NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR OCT. 12, 2017



Looking at a map, one would be challenged to find a more impressive place than Easter Island where people ventured without the benefit of modern navigation. Just three times the size of Manhattan, it is more than a thousand miles from its nearest island neighbor to the west and 2,200 miles from Chile to the east, yet people have lived there for more than 800 years.

Scientists have long wondered how early people sailed to the island — as well as how they built the island’s impressive Moai.




An 18th-century engraving showing the French explorer Jean-François de Galaup La Pérouse arriving at Easter Island in 1786. A new study suggests Polynesians and South Americans did not intermingle before European contact in 1722. Credit De Agostini Picture Library, via Getty Images





The giant, mysterious stone men, or moai, for which Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, is known. The tiny island is more than a thousand miles from its nearest island neighbor to the west and 2,200 miles from Chile to the east. Credit Onfokus, via Getty Images



more:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/12/s...e=sectionfront
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wow great trip and pics!

surprised you didn't run into Nantais out there.
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