This place attracts a lot of attention.
Easter island — the only inhabited piece of land in the Pacific ocean several thousand kilometers around. Is 3703 km from the coast of the nearest mainland to the East.
Says Eugene Scherba
The island only flies one airline direct flights only run from Santiago and Tahiti. We came to the island from Lima, but currently this route, having existed for about six months, already closed.
One of the most recognizable landmarks of Easter island — Moai — stone statues of compressed volcanic ash. All moai are monolithic, i.e. carved from a single piece of stone, not glued or stapled. The weight sometimes reaches more than 20 tons and a height of over 6 meters.
Among researchers the most widely circulated theory that the moai was erected by settlers from the Islands of Polynesia in the XI century. Moai could represent deceased ancestors, or to give force to living leaders, as well as to be symbols of clans.
The first statue (the moai), the most quick-sighted can see at the airport, on the way to the control. All of them, according to some, was carved about 900 pieces.
The island has one village, where live and almost all who arrive on the island. The most simple accommodation, you can find from $50 per night for 2-bed room no Breakfast, but the conditions are really Spartan — get ready to share your home with a variety of insects and other friends. In the village you can find several supermarkets and restaurants, but the price can unpleasantly surprise.
Decent beach directly near the village, and therefore no local swim right into the piles of volcanic ash:
Walk the whole island to get around, and in order to see it, it is better to rent anything from bicycles to cars — the good the village has a decent gas station. But to the main points, you can always take a taxi.
We rented a Quad bike and it was worth it — this is probably the best form of transport on the island, especially when you travel together.
About 20 km from the village on the other side of the island you can find a very cosy and nice beach — from Anakena (Anakena). Nearby there is another beach — Ovahe (Ovahe).
Most of the platforms (AHU) with the image located on the perimeter of the island, but there are exceptions, as this platform is AHU Akiva (Ahu Akivi). It is believed that her statues represent the 7 explorers who arrived on the island.
The first Europeans on the island almost all platforms and statues found a fallen (still one of the mysteries of the island). Only during the twentieth century, some of the platforms have been restored, and some of them were lying.
In the photo the extinct volcano rano Raraku (Rano Raraku). There is the quarry, which was made all the statues.
At some point, production of the statues stopped abruptly and a giant moai never managed to get to his feet.
Nearby the majestic platform Tongariki, AHU (Ahu Tongariki). Her statues, like the TV stars do not have time to get out of the camera lenses. Hats for the statues (Puka) was done in red ashes on the other side of the island. Most of them are also scattered near the platforms.
The island is full of wild horses, but food and water they are sorely lacking, and animals die.
Types of the island are forced to stay:
In the evening of the penultimate day we went up to the crater of another extinct volcano — Sooner KAU (Rano Kau) to watch the sunset. At some point on the island there is not one tree, but now the vegetation in this area is restored, the conditions here are better than the rest of.
With the edge of the crater overlooking the nearby uninhabited motu. The pleasure of perceiving information in visual, auditory and kinesthetic level reaches a maximum.
Photo freshwater lakes in the crater do not get in a hurry to the village until it got dark. The darkness here is that of the number of stars in the sky at first to open my mouth.
Every year in early February, the descendants of the Polynesians on the island organize a national holiday — Tapati (Sunday Rapa Nui). Unfortunately we left the island for a few days before the holiday and managed to see only a rehearsal. But the cultural traditions of the island, we (had never been to Oceania) have time to impress.
On the island you spent 3 and a half days.