02.05.2015 - 02.05.2015 80 °F
Through the marvels of navigation, our intrepid captain has "found" Easter Island! We are more than 2000 miles west of our last port of call. "Remote" only begins to describe how far we are from anywhere! And yet we are in the Eastern USA time zone - crazy huh!
This is the ship's tender boarding area. The sea swells were quite high and boarding the smaller boats for the 20 minute run to port was tricky.
We were blessed with fine weather and a very good guide - we were already on our way to our first site as we looked back to the port and the many tour vans awaiting their passengers.
This photo shows how erosion has covered the stone statues (the mysterious Moai) so that only a third of their total height is above ground.
We climbed the ancient quarry in Rapa Nui National Park where 90% of the statues were carved over a period of 500 years.
Mystery surrounds us - why were these giant statues made, and how were they moved and placed on their platforms?
Our knowledgeable guide held our rapt attention - but this Moai looks miffed at being ignored!
There are 1000 statues scattered around the 45 square mile island, some 40 feet tall weighing 70 tons!
There is huge variety in the landscape of this tiny volcanic island.
It is thought that Easter Island was settled 1600 years ago by seafarers from a Polynesian island.
Wild horses roam freely about the island. This year the land is green, enjoying much rainfall after several years of drought.
A young tourist asked us to help him pose with his banner in a very unique place. The Serenity is in the distance.
This is Rano Kau, one of the island's three extinct volcanos. It has a lake with dense vegetation and beyond lies Antarctica!
Two happy travelers (really!)