Traveling Moai at Ahu Togariki

My wife and I just returned from a week-long adventure to Easter Island.

Isla de Pascua, as the locals seem to refer to it, is located about 2,200 miles (3,540km) off the coast of Chile. It is the most isolated inhabited areas in the world. Well, sort of.

Apparently there is a small island, Tristan da Cunha, in the South Atlantic, nearly halfway in between South America and Africa. It’s closest neighbor, Saint Helena, is 1,509 miles (2,340km) away. The debate comes in because only 250 miles (400km) from Tristan da Canha is an island called Gough.

Gough houses six meteorologists from South Africa doing Antarctic Research. Since they don’t actually live on the island, but there are always six meteorologists, that’s where things get messy.

Some say “Since they don’t live there, it doesn’t count.” Others proclaim “There are always six. It does count.” The argument is a tough one, specifically for both islands.

Either way, Easter Island was one of the longest “travel days” we’ve ever had to endure to reach it — 22 hours — but, it was well worth it. The people are friendly, the weather is fantastic, and the history was awesome.

I’ll post more pictures as I get through them in the next few days, but in the meantime, here is an image of the “Traveling Moai” standing watch over Ahu Togariki on Easter Island.

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