Island of Myth and Legend

Anna Maria Espsäter and her friend found themselves stranded in Tahiti for a bit longer than intended, en route to Easter Island. The unsettling start to their journey only added to the mystery that surrounds their remote destination Easter Island lies like a speck in the vast Pacific Ocean, some four hours plane journey from the Chilean mainland to the east and almost as far away from Tahiti to the west. The journey there is part of the adventure and although I’d heard much about this far-fl ung outpost and its famous moai, or stone statues, before my visit, nothing had quite prepared me for the lush greenery and flamboyant flora that was awaiting me upon arrival. Rapa Nui, as it’s known to the local population, is neither a barren land of stony men looking impassively at the befuddled visitor, nor is it an island paradise like some of its distant, tropical neighbours.

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