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Five Days on Easter Island

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I spent five days on the most remote island with regular commercial airline service in fall 2012. These are the places I went (and liked enough to share!)
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Easter Island, Valparaiso Region, Chile
Okay sure, there are some Moai here and they're great. But this is also the viewpoint from where I watched the best sunset of my life (so far). This photo is only the start.
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Isla de Pascua, Región de Valparaíso, Chile
It's not in town, but located closer to the end of the airport's runway, just past the harbor of Hanga Piko. They saw they serve the best ceviche, and I agree (plus the lobster isn't too shabby). Limited hours and only reachable via gravel road....
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Hanga Roa, Easter Island, Valparaiso Region, Chile
This is it. Good luck finding postcards, but this is where you come to buy the stamps and mail items to receive the coveted Rapa Nui postmark.
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Chile
Good luck finding this beach. Some locals took me in their pick-up truck and they could barely remember the right dirt roads to reach it. Still, amazing.
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Rano Raraku, Easter Island, Valparaiso Region, Chile
After viewing the scattered Moai on the slopes of Rano Raraku, do the (easy) hike up and into the crater. It's a totally different feeling in there, all reeds in water and grazing wild horses. Easy to imagine the world without civilization.
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Easter Island, Valparaiso Region, Chile
This is the largest organized gathering of the Moai statues on the entire island, and definitely the most picturesque. No walking on the fallen ones!
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Easter Island, Valparaiso Region, Chile
It's very likely that this is the most high-falutin' restaurant on all of Easter Island, judging by the decor, price and gourmet cuisine. Absolutely worth it if you're here several days and want a proper white tablecloth meal.
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Apina Nui S/N, Isla de Pascua, Región de Valparaíso, Chile
Dives here are mostly for those already certified. Mike Rapu's son leads dives daily, with departures every few hours to go out and dive on a sunken (fake) moai, a giant anchor, and to see fauna like giant tortoises. Watch the weather; the surfers...
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Hanga Piko, Isla de Pascua, Región de Valparaíso, Chile
Hanga Piko is a small harbor that services the ships when that anchor off the island when they come to deliver goods. It's easy to walk through, with a single Moai watching over things. This looks like the newest development area for vacation...
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Easter Island, Valparaiso Region, Chile
If you'll be spending more than a couple nights on Easter Island, hit up this grocery store--the only one on the island larger than a bodega. We recommend the island-brewed Mahina beer. Who knows where they out a brewery on this island?
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Easter Island, Valparaiso Region, Chile
Jeez, could the water be any better? This is an awesome sandy spot for swimming, snorkeling, scuba-ing in calm, balmy water with the backdrop of a row of the famous moai figures. Hit up one of the couple beach snack shacks for a tuna and cheese...
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Mikafe is a tiny breakfast/lunch/dessert spot right on the Quay in Hanga Roa. If your hotel doesn't include breakfast, go here for some scrumptious desayuno or hold out for whatever the special flavor gelato will be in the evening.
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Easter Island, Valparaiso Region, Chile
Orongo can be reached by a steep drive or a path hike up the Rano Kau volcano. It's a historic village once home to those who followed the practices of the Birdman cult. Don't worry, you'll learn all about that on Easter Island. Go for the views...
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Rano Kau, Easter Island, Valparaiso Region, Chile
Save a good half-day for a hike up the side of Rano Kai volcano and the exploration of the Orongo village on the rim. It takes only an hour to go from the street to the top, if you move fast, but once there, you'll find more paths to walk for...
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It's small, but it's a bucketlist destination for sure. Only LAN flies here, from Santiago, Lima or Papeete, but there's occasionally a private pilot buzzing around here offering sightseeing trips in his tiny plane. Arrive early to check in and...
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Easter Island, Valparaiso Region, Chile
This is a great (albeit pricey) little bar inside the Easter Island Airport Terminal. It's smart and two-sided, with the bar separating the public side from the post-security, airside half. Head through security and pop up here for a pre-flight...
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Easter Island, Valparaiso Region, Chile
This is perhaps the best spot to view the sunsets, as it's easily accessible by car, bike or foot and it projects out. Waves crash far enough away to keep the spray out of your face (and your camera's lens)
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Av S/N - Pont, Isla de Pascua, Región de Valparaíso, Chile
Perhaps the most luxurious of the hotels near town on Easter Island, the Hanga Roa has sunset-facing patios on every room and a sunset cocktail is included every evening. And bike rentals are free!