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Easter Island in pictures

Easter Island, the second most isolated island on the planet, yet famous the world over for the moai which stand sentinel, their backs to its shores. Spending Easter here has been a blessing, the island’s beauty a revelation and the warmth of its people ensuring the memories go beyond mere statues.

Sunrise at Tongariki, site of the greatest number of moai

Sunrise at Tongariki, site of the greatest number of moai

Long shadows in the morning's first hour of daylight

Long shadows in the morning’s first hour of daylight, beginning in April at a civilised 8am

Sunrise in full colour

Sunrise in full colour

Heading north to the coast, but watch out for horses, wild or herded

Heading north to the coast, but watch out for horses, wild or herded

The moai quarry, Rano Raraku

The moai quarry, Rano Raraku

The kneeling moai at Rano Raraku

The kneeling moai at Rano Raraku

Moai quarried right out of the stone cliffs

Moai quarried right out of the stone cliffs

The beach at Anakena, one of only two sandy shores on an island characterised by rocky cliffs

The beach at Anakena, one of only two sandy shores on an island characterised by rocky cliffs

Sand piled up right behind the ahu (platform) on which stand seven moai

Ahu Nau Nau: Sand piled up right
behind the ahu (platform) on which stand seven moai

Close up shot of one of the moai at Anakena

Close up shot of one of the moai at Anakena

Puna Pau top knot quarry

Puna Pau top knot quarry

The seven moai at Ahu Akivi, unusual in that they face the sea

The seven moai at Ahu Akivi, unusual in that they face the sea

Visitors are requested to respect the island's heritage and keep off the ahu, but the horses don't always get the message

Visitors are requested to respect the island’s heritage and keep off the ahu, but the horses don’t always get the message

Rano Kau crater, near the main settlement of Hanga Roa

Rano Kau crater, near the main settlement of Hanga Roa

Vivid colours of the vegetation on the crater rim

Vivid colours of the vegetation on the crater rim

The unusual buildings at Orongo

The unusual buildings at Orongo

Hanga Roa's quirky cemetery

Hanga Roa’s quirky cemetery

Sunset at Ahu Vai Uri, Tahai

Sunset at Ahu Vai Uri, Tahai

Rapa Nui flag - at present the Chilean government aren't collecting (aren't able to collect?) the National Park fee; the Rapanui people have roadblocks and are recording visitor details

Rapa Nui flag – at present the Chilean government aren’t collecting (aren’t able to collect?) the National Park fee; the Rapanui people have roadblocks and are recording visitor details

Boeing Dreamliner takes off to begin its five hour journey back to Santiago on the mainland

Boeing Dreamliner takes off to begin its five hour journey back to Santiago on the mainland

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