Anakena Beach - Easter Island, Chile

The Mystery of Easter Island

Isla de Pascua | Rapa Nui in Isla de Pascua, Valparaíso

"Tourists diving on Easter Island's reef encounter a fake moai, made for a 1994 Hollywood movie and then sunk offshore." Photograph by Randy Olson From "Easter Island," National Geographic, July 2012

Moai are monolithic human figures carved by the Rapa Nui people from rock on the Chilean Polynesian island of Easter Island between the years 1250 and 1500. Nearly half are still at Rano Raraku, the main moai quarry, but hundreds were transported from there and set on stone platforms around the island's perimeter. The moai are chiefly the living faces of deified ancestors.

Easter Island is an isolated Polynesian island located in the southeastern Pacific Ocean. Politically, Easter Island is a special territory of Chile.

Easter Island is a Polynesian island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean. Easter Island is famous for its 887 extant monumental statues, called moai, created by the early Rapa Nui people. Photo by bsmethers, via Flickr

Easter Island is a Polynesian island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean. Easter Island is famous for its 887 extant monumental statues, called moai, created by the early Rapa Nui people.

Pascoa Island in Chile, a place of mysteries and wonders of nature.

50 Lugares asombrosos de nuestra América Latina.

“Chile: Rapa Nui national park, Isla de Pascua (Easter Island), Polynesian island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean.

Easter Island 'graffiti'

Easter Island 'graffiti' at the Shaman's "house" overlooking the site of the Bird Man competitions

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