With 12 other cruisers, we jumped at a cheap tour to Easter
Island - a 5-hour flight on Lan Chile and 3 days on this mysterious island. Rapa-Nui, as it known by its traditional inhabitants
is 5000 miles from Tahiti half-way to Chile. It was
settled from French Polynesia; presumably in big canoes like they used to
reach New Zealand.
All statues were carved at the same location, a
'quarry', and then transported to their final positions . Many statues
remain at the base of the quarry, abandoned as the population dwindled on
the island. About 100 statues are distributed around the island and over
200 are near the quarry.
The statues are more impressive in life than in National
Geographic - most are about 35' high, although there is one 65' behemoth.
The top knots are carved from scorcia and come from a different quarry.
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