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Easter Island or Isla de Pascua or

Rapa Nui

Map of Easter Island       Easter Island facts & history in brief

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Hui Chin and I wasn't very happy when we found out, that due to the twice only a week scheduled flights to and from the islands we were forced to spend three days, where we hoped to spend one full day only.
(Due to other commitments and financial reasons (Like the cost of accommodation), we only had 60 days to see all the attractions that North, Central and South America got to offer.
The Airport is walking distance to Hangaroa and so are many of he island's Hotels or private B&B's or Residenciales as they are known.
The island is relatively small and we could have seen it in 1 or two days if we really wanted to.
However we did found many interesting things to do, to occupy the three days and making it the most memorable part of our trip.
Restaurants, and generally everything is very expensive, because most things have to be flown in from Chile.
The locals are friendly and we enjoyed are stay.
Accommodation is in general rather expensive too.
We were lucky and through the internet we found a Hostelling International affiliate, the Kona Tau Residencial (Hostelling International Isla de Pascua Konatau, email: konatau@entelchile.net, their email to us with prices is here).
We spent the first day exploring Hangaroa from head to toe.
Looking in every shop and little nooks.
We found, that buying and eating fresh bread, salami and cheese with gerkins etc., made a good picnic lunch and dinner and was relatively inexpensive.
Early next day we hired a Quad (four wheeled or farm) bike and explored the island and all the Moais, that was there we could find.
The third day we hired a couple of horses to explore some parts of the island, that we couldn't reach the previous two days.
At nights we had a wide variety of fellow tourist to talk to and swap experiences with.
A very fascinating place and we made many good friends.

Before we departed we both a lot of souvenirs from the market that's run by the craftsmen or woman.
From the Mercado Artesanal, mainly because we found a lady, Janet Pastene Rapu very friendly, reasonably priced and very negotiable.

Janet Pastene Rapu,
Mercado Artesanal,
Puerto 8, 9, 10 and 11, Modulo 3, Courero,
Isla de Pascua.
Email: vahinejanet@hotmail.com

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Links to some other Easter Island pages

Easter Island Visitor's Guide

Easter Island Foundation, Index page

NOVA Online, Secrets of Easter Island, Explore the Island

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