Dedicated to the 13th Anniversary of my Intercontinental travel.
Easter Island (Rapa Nui) is an island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, which is famous for its 887 extant monumental statues, called moai. It is the most remote inhabited island in the world. The nearest continental point lies in central Chile, at 3,512 kilometres (2,182 mi). The name “Easter Island” (Isla de Pascua) was given by the island’s first recorded European visitor, the Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen, who encountered it on Easter Sunday, April 5, 1722. My plan was to visit Easter Island on Easter Sunday, March 31st this year. Unfortunately, I had to leave two days earlier.
I truly believe that Rapa Nui civilization and Inca Empire were related. That’s why I wanted to explore Peru (Inca) and Easter Island (Rapanui) on the same trip. The scientists don’t know exactly where the original Easter Islanders (Rapanui) have come from. Some say they were Polynesians because of similarities in their languages and DNA from 12 skeletons found on Easter Island. Others find similarities in workmanship of Rapanui and Inca. There are stone walls on the island constructed in unique “Inca style”. Also the islanders were growing Andean (Inca) sweet potatoes… In my opinion, Inca and Rapanui have been helped by aliens or they were aliens! That’s why we find the similarities. Otherwise, explain how Rapanui transported and erected their multi-ton statues moai using only human labor and primitive tools(?) The tallest moai erected was almost 10 meters (33 ft) high and weighed 82 tons (181,000 lbs); the heaviest erected was moai at Ahu Tongariki, weighing 86 tons (190,000 lbs); and one unfinished sculpture, if completed, would have been approximately 21 meters = 69 ft tall (it’s a 7-story building) with a weight of about 270 tons (!!!) = 595,000 lbs…
For the convenience of those who are going to Easter Island I have created a Large Printable Map of Easter Island (Rapa Nui).
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