Highlights near Isla de Pascua

Ahu Tongariki @ Dawn

I always knew my trip to Easter Island (Rapa Nui) was going to be amazing, but nothing prepared me for this moment. After missing the sunrise the day before by 30 min, I had to try a second time. Ahu Tongariki is the biggest and most popular "line up" of Moai statues in the island - a must see at dawn. Upon arriving at the site at 5:15am, I walked into this mesmerising picture with the stars sparkling above. The serenity and mystery the statues emitted set the perfect scene as the first rays of light hit the imposing figures - I could just make up their shapes that had prevailed many other rises and sets. At that second I realised why Rapa Nui had been calling me for so long.

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Rapa Nui National Park

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