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Flying into Easter Island

Easter Island is approximately 1300 miles from the nearest island (Pitcairn Island) and 2200 miles away from mainland of South America (Chile).  Ever since 7th grade social studies class when our textbooks had a picture of the Maoi statues on the cover have I been wanting to come to Easter Island.

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Bright and early I rose from the Holiday Inn Santiago Airport Hotel and hopped on a domestic 5 hour flight on LATAM from Santiago to Rapa Nui (native name)/ Easter Island (English name)/Isla de Pascua (Spanish name).

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Easter Island is a trip you have to prepare for as there are only 2 ATMs which occasionally do not work, 2 places to buy a Rapa Nui National Park Pass (cash only, the easiest is right when you get off the plane before you get your luggage), 1 town with limited accommodations, and if you arrive on Sunday like me, very few shops and restaurants open. It also did not help that I arrived the day after their major festival so everyone had the day off and was nursing their hangovers.

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Empanada for lunch:

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Pisco Sour with a view:

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I walked around Hanga Roa town for a bit, town being about a 9 block by 9 block square. It was so easy to walk around town in Hanga Roa- no car needed. In the late afternoon I needed some food and libation and found a gorgeous view overlooking the only “beach” in town. It really isn’t a beach but a swimming area that is filled with sea turtles meandering about. It was so fun to watch them swim and not be bothered by the locals- they were all used to them.

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For dinner I had ceviche of local tuna, shrimp, coconut milk, and onion served with rice, sweet potatoes, and salad. It was so fresh and delicious and totally hit the spot.

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In the town of Hanga Roa, sunset is best experienced in the field with the Maoi statues overlooking the ocean.  The uncrowded field makes for an excellent place to picnic, read your book, and take photos as sunset occurs.

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Luckily my AirBnB at Chez Hiva was only a 2 block walk from here so I would set off for bed soon after sunset. Easter Island is a relaxing, restful place without a lot of hustle and bustle.

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More from Easter Island to come soon!

Reader Question: Do you have any interest is visiting Easter Island? Did you learn about the Moai in grade school?

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