Anakena Beach & Easter Island Historical Adventure with lunch
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These massive yet mysterious volcanic rock statues made Easter Island famous and draw thousands of visitors each year. Made mostly from tuff but also with basalt and scoria, the moai average 13 feet and weigh about as many tons. Located 2,300 miles west of the Chilean coast and more than 1,000 miles from the next neighboring island, this tiny island is packed with sites that will leave you questioning the various theories surrounding these remarkable statues.
Even today, the reasons why and how the native Rapa Nui people built these sculptures remain mostly a mystery. How did they move these elephantine blocks of stone, and why exactly did they? The general scholarly consensus points to ancestral and leader worship to ensure continuation of a good life with plentiful food, fishing, and an idyllic South Pacific setting.
But it didn't last. Probably because of deforestation and rats that devoured the seeds needed for trees to replenish, Easter Island's ecosystem deteriorated. The fertile volcanic soil that once supported farming eroded away and the natives engaged in warfare. When outside visitors arrived in the 1950s, they saw a devastated landscape and just a handful of inhabitants.
On this guided tour of Easter Island, get a sense of this sacred history when you visit the many ahu, or altars, that the Rapa Nui people built long ago. Observe these 397 awesome monuments and their moai that are either intact, nearly destroyed, or incomplete. Visit the rock quarry and lake where most of the statues came from. Then enjoy a picnic lunch and swim in the inviting tropical sea at Anakena Beach.
The Navel of the World
Normally an ordinary rock wouldn't be significant. But according to legend, King Hotu Matu'a brought a flawlessly round and massive stone to the island, located near the Ahu Te Pito Kura and largest moai on the island. Nicknamed the "Navel of the World," the rock is supposedly infused with spiritual powers. More likely these powers are of the magnetic variety, as the rock makes a compass lose direction. Four small stones around the rock represent north, south, east, and west.
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