Day 16–Thurs., Jan. 20, 2011–Easter Island, Chile

                            Sunrise over Easter Island

IMG_1173 Easter Island landing site

     I awoke early to catch the sunrise over Easter Island.  We had an early breakfast as our tour was to leave at 8:20 AM.  The Captain said it was too rough to use the tenders, so he arranged to go to the Northern side of the island to land.  He went ashore to find out if would be safe for us to land.  There was no proper dock on the North side at Anakena.  They tied a lifeboat to the “pier” and sent over a floating dock for us to step on.  We had to step from the tender (which was a lifeboat) into another lifeboat, then onto the floating dock and then up a ramp to the steps.  The busses had arrived from the western end of the island.  The tour started about 4 hours late.

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     We took the ship’s tour “Easter Island Mystical Moai Statues & Highlights” 3 1/2 hour tour for $179. each.  We visited the ceremonial site of Tahai and Rano Raraku, the quarry that yielded stone for all the Moai carved on Easter Island.  We also visited the 15 re-erected statues and its platform of 656 feet.  Easter Island is 2,500 miles from South America to the east and another 1,200 miles to Pitcairn, the nearest neighbor.  The 45 square mile island has several names.  Officially, it is Rapa Nui and the Spanish name is Isla de Pascuna.  Some 600 of Easter Island’s famous statues have been resurrected.  All have similar features.  The significance of the face and deep-set eyes will probably never be known.  Almost all the moai have been carved from the soft volcanic rock from the quarry at Rano Raraku.  Our guide was a woman from Nebraska.  It was an amazing day.

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STA_1288Tonga Riki

There was a tsunami in this area and the Japanese paid to resurrect the statues.  The picture below on the right is the tender “pier”.

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     We had another wonderful dinner on the ship, watched them raise the lifeboats and then we saw Johnny O play one instrument and get many sounds.  It was an EWI, an electronic wind instrument.  There were not too many at the first show as some tours did not leave until about 4 pm.  The ship extended its day and it was still light out at 9 pm.  We went for a few drinks in the Crow’s Nest and then went out to look at the full moon.

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One Response to “Day 16–Thurs., Jan. 20, 2011–Easter Island, Chile”

  1. grandammo Says:

    Looks like you two are having a wonderful time, there seems to be so much for you to do and you are certainly taking advantage of it! Congrats to Ray on the slot tournament they are fun even better if you win. But you can’t beat it for $20!!

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