Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Most Remote Island in the World...Day 1

Inhabited, that is.  Isla de Pascua, Rapa Nui... or Easter Island was one of the places that Kate saw in our Chile guide book when we first decided we'd be taking the plunge and moving down to South America. "I want to go there!!!  I want to see those huge heads!"   
 We added it to our list of places to see.  Then when I actually started looking into it, I was shocked to find that even though it is a part of Chile, it is insanely expensive to get there let alone stay there!  And, I also discovered that it was a 5 hour flight from Santiago.  Didn't realize this!  I started doing a little searching, and happened upon a window of cheaper tickets the weekend before Christmas.  "Get 'em!"  Joe exclaimed to my surprise.  I guess after you hear over and over again that each ticket is going to cost $1,000, and then you stumble upon ones for $450, it seems like a total steal!  We nabbed them and continued our tradition of going somewhere new and exciting to bring in the Christmas holiday.  We would probably never be this close to the island again.  Had to take advantage and had to keep ourselves occupied somehow without our families this time of year!
 The kids did great on the flight.  I think they are becoming expert travelers.  It was time to check out this mysterious island, and we were thrilled.
 We booked our room at Hotel Puka Vai.  It was only minutes from the airport.  Room was clean, staff was VERY helpful, they had a pool and a complimentary yummy breakfast.  We even special ordered omelets every morning!  Can't complain about that!  It worked for us.  Now Joe ended going back to Easter Island only a few weeks later for a work conference.  He stayed in an AMAZING spot right on the beach... If it were just the 2 of us and we had money to burn and I mean really burn, that would have been FUN!  But, we were completely content with this charming little place.  
After such a long travel day, the first thing the kids wanted to do was jump in the pool.  

And get familiar with the Moai statues that decorated it :)
Some of the best pineapple I have ever tasted.  They are mini...and ohhhhh sooooo sweet.  
After we wore ourselves out a bit, we decided we'd get dressed and walk "downtown" to find a pizza place that had been recommended to us.  It was perfect, because our walk took us through the main street, out to the little wharf, and along the coastline up to the cemetery.  A perfect introduction to our stay.

It was beautiful at sunset.  And we found the restaurant on the first try :)  That is always a plus.

Food was yummy, view was unbelievable and the company even better.  
Feeling very blessed to experience this little dot in the middle of the Pacific.

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