Jul 5 11

Easter Island

by Emily Benjamin

What a piece of paradise. Easter Island, or Isla de Pascua, or Rapa Nui as it is known locally, is so far out in the Pacific Ocean, that it was no surprise to me when Google Maps struggled to find it. But LAN Airlines know exactly where it is, flying there only once a day from Santiago. We arrived at noon on Saturday, and spent the next 48 hours exploring the island with our guide Marcelo, owner of Kaimana Inn and Restaurant. For the first afternoon, and all of the next day, we saw most of the 168 square kilometres of the island, including sunrise, sunset and a traditional polynesian show. Oh, and a few volcanoes, but fortunately not the famous, currently erupting one! I won’t admit how many photos I took, but this is my biggest set yet. And if you’ve taken the time to view this post, I encourage you to go the distance until the very end!

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5 Responses

  1. marcelo says:

    dear Emily,

    excellent photos.

    just thank you and sorry to donΒ΄t arrived on time to say good bye.

    best regards,

    hope see you soon.
    marcelo and family

  2. Cathie Dennis says:

    Em, What a trip! I can not imagine what it must be like to see such diverse and wonderful things. How many of your bucket list have you ticked?

    • I didn’t have a bucket list before I left! So I’ve been making one and ticking them off as I go πŸ™‚ But so far I know I want to go (back) to Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Jordan, Chile and Bolivia… And Costa Rica and Mexico, as well πŸ™‚ Hope all is well back home, say hi to Tony and the kids for me πŸ™‚

  3. Leonie says:

    Fantastic photos, Emily. You are an excellent photographer. What an fascinating place to visit.
    Say hi to Jamie for me.

  4. Daddo says:

    The penultimate B&W is ALIVE!!!!! Great photo.
    It’s just a rock, but you have him considering: “Maybe I can climb out and walk away”

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