Easter Island…

Tongariki…one of the many must-see Moai sites on this extraordinary Island paradise…

I went alone at 38…one of the best gifts I ever gave…myself…

This mysterious island is the perfect place for your next vacation.

Easter Island is located in the pacific ocean near Chile. It is well known for its many ancient statues called Moai. Much of the island is made up of a national park where tourists can walk, bike, drive, horseback ride, or take a guided tour to the various Moai sites. As well, there is a commercial and residential area where one can see cultural shows, eat, shop, and find accommodation. There is still much of the island that is not accessible to tourists or in some cases, anyone.

This island is very safe and attracts tourists in all capacities. Scientists, solo surfers, backpackers, newlyweds, families, tour groups, and cruise ship day-trippers are just some of the travelers that have made the journey to this Island Oasis.

This holiday was one of the best solo trips I have ever made, and I can’t wait to go back with my family one day.

Random Roundup
1) Moai passport stamps are only available from the post office…and the post office only has certain hours. I missed out…but now have another reason to go back one day.

2) There are dogs everywhere! Many horses and cows are meandering about as well, but they don’t want to be bothered. The dogs, on the other hand, move solo and in packs, scrap with each other and follow tourists looking for food. I had one dog that stayed with me all day as I walked to the caves and one of the Moai sites. Another dog followed me to church, waited outside, and then back to my B&B, hoping for some food. So if you are not a big animal fan, you might want to drive instead of walk.

3) Although this island is seemingly in the middle of nowhere, it is quite modern. I had no idea what to expect and was pleasantly surprised by the excellent water pressure and temperature of my shower, the many shops and services, and the generally busy, upbeat vibe.

4) There are some very talented musicians and dancers, who star in the cultural shows in the evenings but hang out during the day serving up bbq on the main road during the day. It’s a lot of people standing around and a lot of these packs of dogs fighting each other and trying to get scraps of food. The whole scene was a bit overwhelming, and as a solo female traveler, I was intimated. I walked by them a few times on my way to the beach with my ukulele on my back, and a few of these locals tried to say hi and enquire about my ukulele. Next time, I will stop and chat.

5) The cultural shows are amazing! I only went for one night. Next time, I will go at least three times.

6) There are many Moai sites to see. I didn’t get to see all of them because I ran out of time. You can walk, bike, horseback ride, drive, or take a guided tour to most of the sites. Next time, I will give myself at least 7 days to see the sites. As a chronic and habitual walker, this island was paradise. I really enjoyed my long walks but didn’t enjoy missing Anakena!
Easter Island has a super cute airport and most accommodations that offer a pickup service will greet you with a lei and a tiki tour around the downtown part of the island.

8) Only Rapa Nui natives can own land on the island – everyone else is leasing. This is great and ensures that the locals maintain their land rights and are not exploited or unable to stay on the island due to foreign, even Chilean business interests.
9) I am spiritual but certainly not someone who is overly sensitive but I do think this island has something magical and otherworldly about it.

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