Around the World: Easter Island

South America, Chile, Easter Island. Profiles of Ahu Akivi on Easter Island, a World Heritage Site

South America, Chile, Easter Island. Profiles of Ahu Akivi on Easter Island, a World Heritage Site. Ric Ergenbright / DanitaDelimont.com "Danita Delimont Photography"/Newscom. Find it on Newscom.com: ddpphotos197028

When I think of Easter Island, I think of those statues with the ginormous heads (see above). It wouldn’t really surprise me if for most people this is what comes to mind, as these figures are an island staple. Although commonly called the Easter Island heads, there real name is Moai. It might be a better idea to stick with actual name since the figures DO in fact have bodies, just most have been covered up by the earth over time.

Made up of volcanic rock, the creation and transportation of Moai have been questioned and theorized for years. Some stand 30 feet tall and weigh tons. Needless to say, erecting them without modern day equipment may have been difficult. That’s why I like the theory that the same aliens who helped out with pyramids were generous enough to assist in the construction of Moai. Although the idea that the Polynesian colonizers of the island had power to command the statues to walk seems like a fun idea too…

But isn’t it suiting that we post this blog the day before Easter Sunday? I think so. The island wasn’t named Easter Island because the land is inhabited with a lot of bunnies. It actually was discovered on Easter! Dutch explorer, Jacob Roggeveen, was actually searching for another island (doesn’t it always happen that way?) when he came across Easter Island on April 5th of 1722.

So check out these images (and the more we have back at Newscom) of Easter Island. Oh, and Happy Easter!

Moais of Ahu Tahai near Hanga Roa, stone sculptures, Rapa Nui National Park, Easter Island, Chile, Oceania

Moais of Ahu Tahai near Hanga Roa, stone sculptures, Rapa Nui National Park, Easter Island, Chile, Oceania. FB-Fischer Image Broker/Newscom. Find it on Newscom.com: ibpremium053163

Walking Moai, Ahu Tongariki, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Chile, South America

Walking Moai, Ahu Tongariki, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Chile, South America. Michael Snell/Robert Harding/Newscom. Find it on Newscom.com: rhphotos039324

Tuna fishing boats, Hanga Roa, Easter Island, Chile, South America

Tuna fishing boats, Hanga Roa, Easter Island, Chile, South America. Geoff Renner/Robert Harding/Newscom. Find it on Newscom.com: rhphotos013227

Motu Nui (big island), Motu Iti (little island) and the pointed rock known in the local native language as Motu Kaokao lie off shore from the mainland of Easter Island, Chile.

Motu Nui (big island), Motu Iti (little island) and the pointed rock known in the local native language as Motu Kaokao lie off shore from the mainland of Easter Island, Chile. VWPICS/Newscom. Find it on Newscom.com: dbcstock040505

Crater of Ranu Kau, Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Chile, South America

Crater of Ranu Kau, Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Chile, South America. Gavin Hellier/Robert Harding/Newscom. Find it on Newscom.com: rhphotos102855

Chile, Rapa Nui. Inside of the cavern of Ana Te Pahu

Chile, Rapa Nui. Inside of the cavern of Ana Te Pahu. Peter Langer / DanitaDelimont.com "Danita Delimont Photography"/Newscom. Find it on Newscom.com: ddpphotos194765

Sunrise, Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Chile

Sunrise, Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Chile. Douglas Peebles / DanitaDelimont.com "Danita Delimont Photography"/Newscom. Find it on Newscom.com: ddpphotos193892

Giant monolithic stone Moai statues at Rano Raraku, Rapa Nui (Easter Island), UNESCO World Heritage Site, Chile, South America

Giant monolithic stone Moai statues at Rano Raraku, Rapa Nui (Easter Island), UNESCO World Heritage Site, Chile, South America. Gavin Hellier/Robert Harding/Newscom. Find it on Newscom.com: rhphotos102802

You may also be interested in these other travel related posts on FocalPoint:

Around the World: Nantucket

Around the World: Arches National Park

Around the World: Costa Rican Volcanoes

Around the World: Kiribati

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