South america, Travel diary

Rapa Nui, the island far from everything that takes my heart

rapa nui - easter island - chile - dancer with a backpack

Rapa Nui, or Easter Island, to be honest, I knew so little about you 3 months ago. I saw pictures of the famous Moai but where was it exactly? No idea…We were in Peru when we decided to come to visit you, we were going to pass as close as possible to you, so why not. I arrived knowing that everyone, that had the opportunity to come on the most isolated island, loved their journey. However, I couldn’t guess that I will love you that much.

We spend a week exploring, the archeological sites of course, but not only. We explored what is it to live in contact with your people, your land, and your ocean. Something happened there, I felt that you will hold a special place in my heart from now on. That is not something that I said lightly, I traveled quite a lot already, and I can count on the fingers of one hand this kind of places.

So what did I like that much about Rapa Nui

  • the smile of the people when they welcome you, “iorana”, it is not just a polite word, you can see they mean it
  • sharing a barbecue with the owner of the camping, Nelson, that organize it to that just to share an evening with his guests
  • the love that inhabitants have for their culture and particularly the dance and the music. Earing music and sawing hundred of people dancing every day
  • waking up at 5 AM, being able to see a million stars and an hour later the sun rising on 15 Moais
  • being in the transparent water, on a surfboard, seeing the bottom of the ocean, even just for 2 waves it was so worth it
  • doing autostop every day so easily, and by doing so, being able to talk to locals or see the road from the back of a truck
  • having the feet in the water and a huge turtle few centimeters from you
  • eating pineapple like an ice cream
  • seeing as much your people care about ecology and try to sensibilize the population
  • inking my skin on the other side of the world (for the funny story, I did the tattoo and saw the tattooist 2hours later because he was also a dancer at the show we went to)
  • feeling home for a week

I was sad to leave you, having absolutely if I could one day come back, but I feel so lucky to have been able to visit you Rapa Nui. You will stay the highlight of my travel so far.

How to get there? First, you need to take a plane, the lowest price is around 400 – 450€ for a return ticket.
Once there, you can rent a car (50 000 pesos the day) or a motorbike (license needed, 35 000 pesos the day) or for the poor like us do a lot of auto-stop. This solution is working quite well, we only rent a car for one day of the week to visit the site on the other side of the island and see the sunrise

Where to sleep? The cheapest option is camping. They provide you with everything tent, sleeping bag and mattress (very very thine, however). We stayed at Moehiva, the owner is really friendly, we loved your stay. The only con is it is a bit far from the center (15-20 min walk). You can book on Booking (15 $US the night)

How to visit? You need to buy the ticket entrance that is available for 10 days (54 000 pesos). Then, one day is enough to visit the sites from the city. I will recommend staying at least 5 days on the island to really enjoy it.
If you want to see traditional dance, we really enjoy Kari Kari show.

 

rapa nui - easter island - chile - dancer with a backpack

Rano Kau crater

rapa nui - easter island - chile - dancer with a backpack

Tahai

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rapa nui - easter island - chile - dancer with a backpack

me on a tiny wave

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Sunset in Tahai

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rapa nui - easter island - chile - dancer with a backpack

Rano Raraku

rapa nui - easter island - chile - dancer with a backpack

Rano Raraku

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Sunrise in Hotuiti

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Sunrise in Hotuiti

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Anakena beach

rapa nui - easter island - chile - dancer with a backpack

Anakena beach

rapa nui - easter island - chile - dancer with a backpack

Anakena beach

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From the top of Rapa Nui

rapa nui - easter island - chile - dancer with a backpack

Best way to eat a pineapple

rapa nui - easter island - chile - dancer with a backpack

Kari Kari show

rapa nui - easter island - chile - dancer with a backpack

Kari Kari show

rapa nui - easter island - chile - dancer with a backpack

Kari Kari show

rapa nui - easter island - chile - dancer with a backpack