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Category: South America

Rano Raraku, Easter Island

Rano Raraku was my favorite Moai sight on Easter Island. Hundreds of unfinished Moai are spread across the landscape along trails for an easy walking tour. Rano Raraku actually refers to the now extinct volcano where the people of Rapa Nui carved their monolithic statues before moving them around the island. The Moai found around the base of Rano Raraku are still in the stages before completion, looking different than most Moai around the island. Tourists can take a walk through the hillside and get up and close for some great photos. My suggestion if you ever do this hike Read More

Renting a Car on Easter Island

To get to the one and only swimming beach on Easter Island,  a rental vehicle- car, moped, or ATV is a must. The beach, Anakena,  has a line of maoi statues overlooking the gorgeous white sand and turquoise water. The drive to Anakena takes about 20 minutes along the only road from Hanga Roa to the other side of the island. Since internet is not great and I didn’t have cell service, it is a good thing you cannot get lost on Easter Island because Google Maps is not an option. To actually rent a car walk down the main Read More