Rapa Nui, aka Easter Island, is an isolated island in the South Pacific about 1,400 miles west of Santiago, Chile.  It's best known for the giant moai sculptures that the natives carved in the 1100 - 1650 period.  I spent almost a week on Rapa Nui in Feb/Mar 2023 to see the giant moai, the Rapa Nui island, and to learn about the Rapa Nui culture.

The moai statues of Ahu Tongariki face inland to watch over the Rapa Nui people

I'm dwarfed by the 15 moai statues of Ahu Tongariki

Some of the Ahu Tongariki moai statues

One of the moai in the Rano Raraku quarry

Unfinished moai in the quarry

Much of the Rapa Nui island is undeveloped

Ahu Ko Te Riku, a moai restored in 1974

For more pictures of Rapa Nui, see the photo collection, "Rapa Nui"
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