Easter Island

Easter Island is truly the most remote place on earth. I traveled here on a 6 hour flight straight out into the open Pacific Ocean in late July of 2011. The Island is famous for it's large, incredible Moai statues, which can be found all over the island. The island is quite small but well worth the long flights.

On Easter Sunday, April 5, 1722, a Dutch ship on Te Pito o Te Henua, meaning “The Center of the World.” The island was renamed island Easter Island. Located 2200 miles off the coast of Chile, it is the worlds most remote inhabited island. The island is 63 miles in size with three extinct volcanoes. Over time, the island was stripped of its native forest due to overpopulation and improper farming. Polynesian travelers from the Marquesas, or Society Islands, populated the island. As the population increased, the food chain broke, resulting in famines and even cannibalism. Those who survived were left to the mercies of slave traders from other lands and governmental domination by Peru and Chile. Since the island consists of volcanic rock, the early inhabitants quarried the material into giant statues, some as tall as 14 feet, 6 inches and weighing about 14 tons. This was the reason for the depletion of the rich forestry. The villagers used the trees to transport these giant rocks all over the island as early as AD 700. Today, the island is administered by Chile.

Images of  Hanga Roa

The Moai of Easter Island

Rano Raraku - the Moai Quarry

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