Monday, July 15, 2013

Chile: Exploring the Mysteries and History of Easter Island

One of my favorite photos of myself!

Last week was Peru Week on Pro-Soup Propaganda. Well, my adventures didn't end with Peru. After two weeks there I met up with Jonathan at the Santiago airport and we headed on to Easter Island for five days of adventure! We stayed at a little bungalow I found on AirBnB. It was exactly what we needed and the only thing that could have made it better was a little kitchen so we could have cooked for ourselves. Food is REALLY expensive and we ended up eating a lot of $5 (absolutely delicious) empanadas.

I had scheduled two full day tours with Marc of Green Island Tours and I am SO thankful I did. He was awesome! I learned a lot about the island and we got to see a lot of little nooks and crannies that I don't think we would have other wise. After our two days with him we spent two days exploring on our own.

Easter Island is definitely one of the most beautiful places I have ever been and I definitely suggest a trip there, but I do think that four days sandwiched by two half days was a little too long to be there (for me, at least). I began to get a little restless and was happy when we left. Also, having to eat out for every meal was kind of sucky. We did eat some amazing food there and did splurge on a few nice meals, but I would have really rather cooked for myself.

Overall, if you have the chance, go to the island and see it for yourself! As you can see from the pictures below it's pretty stunning and hard to take a bad photo of anything!

Sunset our first night

The quarry where all the moai came from

Goofing around at Rono Raraku

Ahu Tongariki

Birdman carved in the rock

The "Naval of the Earth" - a cool magnetic rock!

Rano Kau crater

We saw a turtle sunning on the beach one afternoon!

Super splashy waves here!

Home is only 7714mn from us!

Sunset on our last night from a GREAT restaurant

Past posts:
Monday: Exploring Cusco and Sacsaywaman
Tuesday: Exploring Machu Picchu
Wednesday: Volunteering at Chachabamba and Being Forgotten By the Train
Thursday: Hiking the Sun Gate Trail and Exploring Ollantaytambo
Friday: Exploring Lima and the Nazca Lines

Check out the rest of my photos from my trip here!

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  1. Gorgeous. Wow. I love that sign says Portland! Looks like an amazing trip. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I couldn't believe we found a sign that says Portland! We were like, "That's so cool!!"

  2. How cool that there was a sign for Portland! I cannot even imagine that island!!! Love the one of you 'sitting' on the nose, hahaha.

    1. I couldn't believe there was a sign either! We were trying to figure out if it could somehow mean Portland, Maine, but that wouldn't make any sense, you know? So funny!

  3. Wow those photos are amazing! So cool!

  4. I want to see a turtle like that in real life. So cool.