Easter Island Journals

Five Days in Easter Island

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A March 1999 trip to Easter Island by Moai

Plaza Hotomatua Photo, Easter Island, Chile More Photos
Quote: Five day Trip to Easter Island - my dream since I can remember.

Five Days in Easter Island

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- Rano Roraku
- Hanga Roa
- Ahu Tongariki
- Orongo

Quick Tips:

DON'T book a room with the first person you meet in the baggage hall - wait until you've left the baggage claim area. Barter for everything - try to get a jeep for 24 hours, not just the standard 12 hour shift.

Best Way To Get Around:

Rent a jeep.

Chez Cecilia

Hotel | "Chez Cecelia"

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$25 US/night gets you a bed, some bugs, and buns for breakfast. Standard accommodation on the island. A little far from the town itself, it is close to the museum and the Ahu Tahai complex.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 9, 2000

Chez Cecilia
Policarpo Toro s/n
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Fishing Boats in Hanga Roa harbor Photo, Easter Island, Chile
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Saturday, March 20 This is finally the day. I suffered through a day of smog, friendly beggars and crowded streets, not to mention a definitely over priced hotel. It's all easy now - just take a cab out to the airport and wait for my flight to Rapa Nui. Checked out of the El Conquistador Hotel around 7am to catch a taxi out to the airport. The flight is scheduled to leave at 10am, but not knowing the vagaries of domestic Chilean travel, I figure I should get there a couple of hours early. I'm stunned at the silence of the streets and the lack of traffic. Compared to the bus ride in on Friday morning, the city appears vacant. Mr. Taxi driver seems to think we need to get there in record t...Read More

Easter Island II

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Moai at Rano Raraku Photo, Easter Island, Chile
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A nice straight in approach to the only runway at Mataveri airport [43K] gave no good vistas from the left side of the plane. All of the tour books about Easter Island advise that there will be ample locals awaiting the arrival of the plane from Santiago - when I entered the baggage retrieval hall, there was only two or three people soliciting accommodation. I decided upon Cecelia, from Chez Cecelia - $25 US/night, including breakfast. Of course, what I didn't realize was the Cecelia and a couple others had clearly paid off the local 'functionarios' to meet the pax in the baggage hall, as when we left there were a dozen or so other people outside the terminal soliciting places to stay, as well. O...Read More

Easter Island III

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View from Orongo Photo, Easter Island, Chile
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Soon, they received a call to their buses and off they went. As the buses trundled off into the distance, we suddenly realized that we were completely alone to explore this magnificent site. The fifteen moai [46K] you see in this picture were all restored by archaeologists in the sixties and seventies. You can see some moai have 'topknots' on their heads, representing an island hairstyle. This particular moai [41K] is over 30 feet high - note the fine carving detail of fingers on the stomach As with all South Pacific islands, Easter Island has its share of rain squalls, and we experienced a nasty one at Tongariki. I gave up trying to stay dry. The next stop on our itinerary w...Read More

Easter Island IV

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Sunset at Ahu Tahai Photo, Easter Island, Chile
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Monday March 22 We started the day by heading to the craft market. Antonio scouted some moai statues, eventually bartering and buying a nice one for himself. I felt too nauseous to participate, especially when I happened upon the fresh fish booth. Whoooaaa. There are several unrestored moai sites, with toppled statues lining the north coast, as well as a couple of brilliant sand beaches. (Really the only beaches on the island suitable for swimming.) Anakena beach is your classical South Pacific beach; deep blue water, sand, palm trees - add some moai and it's perfect. A relatively late development in the manufacturing of moai was the inclusion of a 'topknot'. There ...Read More