23rd Friday- AUS 7am - DFW 7:59, 8:48am to FLL 12:31pm
Flying into Ft. Lauderdale for Christmas
Easter Island/Rapa Nui/Isla de Pascua
The most remote island on earth
$1951 Lan Chile, American
26th Monday- MIA to SCL #7701 8:30pm to 6:50am
27th SCL to IPC #7705 9:35am to 12:55pm
Stay at Tauraa Hotel $100/night w breakfast and transfers Tours from them Kevin Costner film "Rapa Nui" The sites landing at Santiago
Our first sighting of Easter Island, you see Poike and the eastern portion
At the airport we get leighed
We would get a junky rental for $50 and go explore the island from around 2-9, essentially the southern route we'd do the next day on tour.
It ended up being worthwhile as we were able to get shots without crowds.
Here you see a lone palm, which is what I thought the whole island would be like
"Volcanic cone where almost all moai were carved. Almost 400 statues are around, showing different carving steps."
Mano a moai
The classic shot we were looking for
Would have been the largest moai, at about 10 meters
"The largest shrine of the island, restored in 1993."
John mistakes this for a simple rock photography perch, gaining him some bad mana
The main island beach, with moai Ahu Nau Nau
Yes, actually a pink sand beach
We would have dinner at Te Moana, a nice looking restaurant on "main street".
Typical dining on the island would be $20-30, take about 2hrs, about a third of the menu not being available, and fairly slow service.
I had the chicken and almonds, and french fries, which was OK. Salmon dish looked pretty good. They have live music here some nights and apparently is
one of the places to be on a Thursday.