Seems like so long ago now. This was the start of our 3-month adventure in November to Santiago and Valparaiso Chile. We boarded our ship for 5 days at sea to one of our favourite stops on the whole trip: Easter Island to see the Big Giant Heads! Bring on the head puns: Obviously, this was not a good place to lose one’s head. They were certainly ahead of their time – perhaps ahead by a century? These people were very headstrong, certainly they weren’t falling head over heels for just anyone. Off the top of my head, I think if they just put their heads together they could turn some heads. But I think a lot of it just went over their head. Nailed it. And by that I mean, hit the nail on the head. And I’m done.
Well we made it to Easter Island! It was unbelievably chaotic because there is only one town (Hanga Roa) where we were supposed to anchor at, but due to large swells they decided instead to anchor on the completely opposite side of the island. And we were on our own to get to town 18km away. Us and 1200 other people! The bad news is that we missed our scuba diving appointment (which fortunately wasn’t pre-paid), but the good news is that we managed to meet Joy from Australia. She had pre-booked a car rental but had too many people to share with her, so long story short, I had my drivers licence with me so we got to rent a second car to split the group up, and we got a free ride to town and back. Win-Win!
The landscape of Easter Island felt like being on the moon. But the Moai (aka big giant heads) were amazing! They were everywhere all over the island which is even more impressive once you learn that they were all formed from the rock on one central mountain and moved to their locations. Their hair-pieces were still from another part of the island and were used to keep the Moai balanced (most of them have fallen over now though). It’s unbelievable how they managed to do that. Some of the Moai were over 50 feet tall. And the hair was a separate rock to balance on top. Obviously they were a “head” of their time. Also, this was probably not a good time to lose ones “head”. But really, these guys knew how to get a”head” in life. They were probably very “head”strong. They seemed to know where they were “head”ing… Ok that’s enough.