More from Easter Island

dsc_1395   Wild horses roam the island including the streets of the only town on the island known Hanga Roa.  Similarly the cattle can be found wandering the roads along with roosters as every house seems to have a chicken coop.

Pineapple, tuna and honey are exported back to Chile.  Problems around the world for bee populations do not apply here.  Bees thrive due to the isolated island location and the honey is highly favoured for its pure taste.



5 thoughts on “More from Easter Island

  1. I have never wished to go to the Easter Islands, and likely never will, so thank for the descriptions.
    What is the name of that red beaked, red footed bird?Were you that close? I have visited the Galapagos and blue footed boobies came that close; now trying to recall if there were red footed ones also, is so they were not numerous. Anne

  2. Love the description. Looked up issues related to inbreeding and found that the population have very strong cultural values related to tribal relationships. Very little evidence based on genetic studies of any inbreeding. What an education.

    • Agreed. Our guide was a young Rapa Nui woman who was educated in Santiago, but has returned to live on the island. She talked to me a bit about her generation’s efforts to reclaim the Rapa Nui language (they have no written language), and respond to increasing demands for modernization in the face of the huge increase in tourism over the past several years. They have a hospital with some modern equipment, but no one who knows how to use it. So, anyone who becomes really ill is flown out to Chile, but the mortality is very high. It was a fascinating visit.

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