140109 183527  We are at the Easter Island airport.  140109 183547  Easter Island airport.  140109 184159  One of our guides.  Dennis is a Phd in Marine Biology.  140109 203535 
140109 203549  Everywhere one went on the Island the "moai" statues could be found.  140109 210038  140109 210305  Someone recently painted in the eyes.  Experts tell us that the eyes are not historically accurate.  140109 210324  More moai.  These statues were not well fastened to the ground, hence, a strong wind would blow them over.  Notice that two of the moai had their heads reattached. 
140109 212050  Yet another moai.  140109 212446  140109 221957  The inhabitants of the island are a mixture of Latinos and Polynesians.  There is clearly a great amount of civic responsibility.  The island is quite clean.  140110 104043  This is where we stayed for the three days that we were on Easter Island.  The room was quite nice but it was not air conditioned and was quite warm. 
140110 104109  some of the vegetation  140110 114513  A fallen moai.  140110 114831  140110 120558 
140110 121207  More moai.  140110 121640  Horses on the island are allowed to roam everywhere.  They are branded.  140110 121830  There are some 400 moai in various stages (some finished and some just started).  140110 123911  Moai looking over the horses. 
140110 124029  Highly advanced moai.  140110 124202  Moai  140110 124527  Look closely.  This is the quarry where the moai starts out.  You can see two faces in various stages of completion.  140110 124705  Our guide on the island - Edmundo Edwards.  He is an archeologist and has spent his entire career studying it. 
140110 130101  Note the moais by the water.  They were actually restored by Kumatsu, the Japanese producer of earth moving equipment.  140110 125535  Note the face of the moai in the quarry.  140110 131232  140110 131351  One (or two) more. 
140110 131908  yet more moais  140110 133658  140110 134412  Our tour group.  There were seven all together.  140110 134444 
140110 134740  140110 134809  140110 135726  Cat practicing to be a moai.  140110 143306  The food was good.  The man with the red hat is a lawyer from New York.  The young man across the table is his son, and the man in the white shirt is the son's partner. 
140110 161505  Yet more moais.  140110 161846  Pineapples and moais.  140110 161858  Just moais.  140110 162324 
140110 162417  After a certain date the natives began putting the red hats on the moais.  140110 162540  Hi tech moais and low tech moais.  140110 162648  gods and more gods.  140110 164045 
140110 170343  Our two guides.  140110 172115  140110 172527  fallen moais (earthquake, tsunami, or war)  140110 173220  They're everywhere.  They're everywhere. 
140110 173952  140110 174627  A hat with no moai.  140110 180610  Mother and child.  140110 190203 
140111 115201  140111 120447  Easter Island.  The people called themselves Rapa Nui.  That was also what they called their island.  140111 122304  140111 124832  Oddly enough this is the only sandy beach on the island. 
140111 125200  140111 125341  Gods are watching over the swimmers.  140111 130801  Unusual designed moai.  140111 131518 
140111 134313  The natives seem to have found something holy about these rocks.  140111 141622  140111 142508  Preparing lunch  140111 161832  Easter Island.  The people called themselves Rapa Nui.  That was also what they called their island. 
140111 162046  The LAN flight between Easter Island and Chile.  This once a day flight took 4.5 hours.  140111 162803  Volcano  140111 163113  140111 163416  Rock carving 
140111 163643  Volcano  140111 165627  Pacific Ocean  140111 172002  Housing built by natives.  140111 173139  Edmundo Edwards. 
140112 133813  Some archeologists use this wall as "proof" that the Incas had been to Easter Island.  The construction method used is exactly the same as the method used by the Incas.  140112 161629  Good Bye to Easter Island.  folderimage  folderthumb