Do you have a bucket list? I do! And Easter Island is one of those places I’ve wanted to go since I learned about it in my Tourism Geography class in college. (A little unknown fact: I majored in Tourism and Commercial Recreation)
What a great time to talk about it. Turns out it is called Easter Island because a Dutch explorer found the island on Easter Sunday in 1722. It is known to locals as Rapa Nui.
Easter Island is very remote island lying in the Pacific Ocean in the middle of nowhere. You can fly there from either Santiago or Tahiti. (Dilemma: I want to go to both these places.) It is considered Chile.
Now everyone knows about the LARGE statue heads, called moai, that are scattered on the Island, but did you know that “semi-wild” horses use these to scratch? Did you know the island is filled with horses, like around 3,000? Locals boast there are more horses than people.
Though many are wild, there is a large number that are tamed and used for horseback riding tours. Riding the horses allows you to see more remote place unable to reach by car. Tours range from several hours to several days. One includes fishing and camping! Yep! That will be me!
The horses were introduced by Catholic missionaries in the 19th Century. What a journey that must have been! What do you think? Join me?
And don't forget your hat. I'm taking my Breeze, because it is crushable, light and a fabulous sun protector!