Easter Island

June 2012 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper

by Don Faust on May 31, 2012

Desktop calendar wallpaper for June 2012: Easter Island Moai Statues.
Moai on Easter Island, available as a desktop calendar wallpaper

This is the latest in our free 2012 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper series. Get your June 2012 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper!  Pictured are a row of Moai, statues from Easter Island. Created by the Rapa Nui for unknown reasons, the statues may have almost destroyed the civilization, sociologists such as Jared Diamond say, because the calories that the […]

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A hotel review from the road: Explora Lodge, also known as Explora Rapa Nui, located outside Hanga Roa on Easter Island.
Explora Rapa Nui, Easter Island

Time for a little hotel porn, Easter Island style. Traditionally, the island’s accommodations have never been ideal, consisting primarily of guesthouses and small hotels in Hanga Roa, Easter Island’s only city. While most of these small hotels provide the basics, they are generally overpriced for the quality that you are getting, with few of the luxe amenities that […]

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Moai Madness: Rapanui Pride

by Chris on January 27, 2011

Polynesian Fabios? Well, yes, the Rapanui men are attractive. But that’s only one feature that makes the Easter Island native culture so fascinating.
Rapanui pride

This post is fourth in a series about Easter Island. Before I left for Easter Island, friends who had visited the island before warned me that the Rapanui men were unusually attractive. “Think Polynesian Fabios,” one travel writer told me. And yes, the men, most with long flowing dark hair, tribal tattoos and well-developed arm muscles, […]

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Moai Madness: Mystery of Easter Island

by Chris on January 26, 2011

The more you learn about the mystery of Easter Island moai, the more you want to know.
Mystery of Easter Island

This post is third in a series about Easter Island. Today I plan to dive a little more into the mystery of Easter Island, focusing more on the island’s history since “outsiders” arrived. (Read my post on how the moai were built). When the first Europeans arrived on Rapa Nui in  1722 – Dutch navigator Jacob Roggeveen, who […]

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Moai Madness: Rapa Nui History

by Chris on January 23, 2011

It’s impossible to fully enjoy Easter Island without diving into Rapa Nui history. The best place for this is the Ranu Raraku crater, where more than 350 moai lie in various stages of construction.
Rapa Nui history, moai quarry on Easter Island

This post is second in a series about Easter Island. A trip to Easter Island is inconceivable without diving into Rapa Nui history. Otherwise, you can’t begin to understand the origins of the stone statues, or moai, that give the island its fame. Before I left on my trip, I picked up “Collapse: How Societies […]

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It took me 15 hours flying time to get to Easter Island. But that’s better than before, thanks to new Lan flights to Easter Island from Lima.
Moai on Easter Island, Rapa Nui

It took me 15 hours flying time to get to Easter Island. But that’s better than before, thanks to new Lan flights to Easter Island from Lima.

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Six on-the-road tips from Marybeth Bond, also known as The Gutsy Traveler (and my new travel personal guru).

Sometimes I have the privilege of going on the road with other journalists who could be considered giants in the world of travel. For the past few days, I’ve toured Easter Island with one of them: Marybeth Bond, known as The Gutsy Traveler. Author of 11 books, Marybeth has mucho travel cred. She’s been to […]

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