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Around the World in 20 days - seventh stop, Chile

Exploring Easter Island


We boarded our plane bound for Easter Island and were greeted by a scary, mask faced Pilot along with the rest of the crew dressed up as usual.

We landed on Easter Island early evening and were taken on a little tour of the island with a quick stop on the way to our accommodation. We were taken to a little settlement which was used temporarily during their annual competition to swim to a neighbouring island and retrieve an egg! As we were such a large group on a very small island we were spread out over 4 hotels for our last night of the tour - thankfully we ended up with a bunch of people we had got to know quite well over the previous 3 weeks.

We set off early the next morning for our tour of the island and to see many of the famous heads - Moai. Easter Island is a beautiful place and I loved our time there even though it was short. The statues are around 1500 years old and there are hundreds of them varying in size from around 1m up to almost 10m. The largest one, if it had been completed, would have been 21m but it is still lying in the Rano Raraku quarry not quite complete. Some of them weigh over 80 tonnes so it is a remarkable feat that they were transported all over the island and even to this day nobody quite knows how. Many of the Moai have had to be restored as for one reason or another they have toppled over. Some are still lying how they fell but it all adds to the charm. There are more than 900 moai on the island with almost 400 still located in the immediate area around the quarry.

All too soon it was time to board the plane for the final time.

Our final flight was memorable for a few reasons.... each flight passengers were invited up to do the safety brief (I had had my turn a few days earlier) and today was Gerald's turn!
It also happened to be my birthday so the Qantas Crew came and sang Happy Birthday to me whilst making me wear a silly hat and hold a plush toy birthday cake! They then took a Polaroid photo of me and them as a keepsake along with a birthday card.
We flew over the South Island on our return to Sydney and it was looking pretty stunning.

Once we landed at Sydney there were lots of farewells with fellow passengers. It was hard to believe the trip was over. We made lots of amazing memories and thoroughly enjoyed every destination visited.

Posted by bumblebum 19:35 Archived in Chile

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