CHILE – Easter Island in 3 days, and 4 days of flights (#TBT)

Chile - Easter Island Rapa Nui
Chile - Easter Island Rapa Nui

#TBT [ThrowBackThursday] week 32 of 2015. This week, something I remember from my visit to Chile (Easter Island), 1 of the 52 countries I visited prior to 2015.

Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, has been so long on my bucket list of places I wanted to visit. Finally I decided to combine it with a business trip to Sao Paulo. Even from there, it took me 4 days up and down on flights to have 3 full days on Easter Island.

If you are visiting Chile then make sure to read also:
CHILE - Road trip itinerary for 10-14 days: from Santiago to the northern desert

Easter Island is really far away, trust me!

Chile - Easter Island Rapa Nui
Chile – Easter Island Rapa Nui

So how did I feel about being on Easter Island? I truly had the time to unwind! I had a total of 3 full days there plus the day of arrival and departure. The island is small so I had a lot of time to just do nothing….. This is not my normal itinerary planning which are way to full. I actually liked this but for me it’s very difficult to force my brain to make a half empty itinerary. My heart, at the other hand, knows I must do this. How to solve this problem? Just go to a place where there is nothing more to plan in or have too many days. Three or more full days on Easter Island will do this just right. You cannot escape elsewhere, that’s allmost 4000 kilometers away!

Easter Island is truly magical for several reasons:

  • Knowing the nearest people, and that’s only 16 on Pitcairn Islands, are 2000 kilometers away and further at 3700 kilometers you reach Chile mainland or Tahiti.
  • All the Moai statues everywhere on the island, close to 1000 pieces. How and why were they build? It’s unique on an island so remote, why?
  • The atmosphere is just great. Everyone is friendly and everyone is there to help. No tourist traps, honest people. Further no foreign capital, commercial tourism hotels, restaurants and so are allowed. This makes it a quiet place.

Last, I just loved the cervices! Raw fish and seafood with some lime. Just love it!

Curious what I did more in Chile; then read my 10-14 day Chile itinerary and see what I did more in Chile.

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Chile - Easter Island Rapa Nui
Chile – Easter Island Rapa Nui