It was finally here, our trip to Easter Island. I was so excited I could hardly sleep. We were all packed and ready to go. Our plane left at 10 am. All I could think about was how fascinating it would be to see the mysterious statues that cover the Island. There are more than 600 statues called Moai that are carved out of lava rock, and can you believe they are over 20 feet tall. The carvings are all in the shapes of people and faces. When we landed at Mataveri Airport we were greeted by the native people of the island. They gave us a handmade shell and flower necklace and a van was waiting to take us to our hotel.
After about an hour, I was sitting in the lobby waiting for everyone else to come down. The whole time I was thinking, “get ready people!” We were about to take the most amazing tour and everyone was dragging their feet. Finally after an hour and a half we left the hotel.
The sign on the side of the bus said “All Day Toor.” I thought that was cute, so I didn’t tell t he driver that his sign was wrong. So I got on the bus to take the “all day toor” around the island visiting several locations. First we went to Vaihu, a place surrounded by giant statues that have fallen face down. Then we also went to the Ruins of Akahanga where the statues were all in their natural condition; this is also where the first king of the island is buried.
During our “toor” I learned that the original name of Easter Island was Te Pito O Te Henua, which means “the navel of the world.” The original inhabitants wore tapa clothing, which is a bark cloth made on the Islands of the Pacific Ocean. The Island gets over 46,000 tourists from Chile, Europe, the U.S., and Japan. I was very glad to be counted in that number; we were having a great time.
The food on the Island was awesome but different. I tried ceviche de pescado, which is raw tuna marinated with lemon juice. I was scared to eat raw fish but once I tried it, it was great. Rita ate a fish called nanue, which is an oily fish that was not very good. I also had a completo (a hotdog) and my all time favorite sopaipillas (pancakes)!!!!!!!!
There is so much to see and do on this island. Thankfully we have three more days to try to see and do it all. I can’t wait to get home and share this experience with my friends. I got my best friends Donna and Gwen t-shirts with the statues on them and moai key chains. I think they’ll want to come here after hearing how much fun we had.