Travel inspiration Easter Island

It’s the Easter weekend, I had to work today and all I’m seeing outside my window is a thick blanket of snow. It’s actually colder today than it was Christmas (which was +15°C and miles away from snowy).  The grey on white on grey outside is getting on my nerves and I think we all suffer a bit from the winter blues. So I found myself daydreaming about destinations far away.

moais
Moais picture from http://www.easterislandtourism.com

Hence, my focus on Easter Island or Rapa Nui in Polynesian. The flight from Berlin takes almost 35 hours via Miami and Santiago and thus qualifies long-distance daydreaming.

Apart from the unique archaeological features  – the huge stone statues called Moai – I found two hotels of particular interest. Firstly, the explora Rapa Nui which looks fantastic AND has a LEED certificate (learn more here). Haaach, how wonderful does it look?

room at the Explora Rapa Nui
room at the Explora Rapa Nui (picture from their homepage)

BUT, even while dreaming this place is waayyyyyyyy over any budget I will ever have. The second accomodation that really caught my eye and the one I would personally choose for my own vacation is cabanas morerava. It still has that interesting architectural look, is more affordable and has good reviews on tripadvisor. And it seems to be pretty eco-friendly as well. What’s not to love?

morerava
morerava cabins (photo from http://www.easterislandtourism.com)

If you’re interested, here are a few more links:

A good article on wikitravel

The official tourist board website looks neat

NYT article from 2006 – time for the frugal traveler to go there?

and of course, my beloved lonely planet

I liked this blogpost

Have you been there? Do you have any hot tips? I love places that are a little less accessible. Although I should end with a little reality check – cave: don’t read any further if you want to keep dreaming: flight prices are around 3000€ one-way from Berlin. aaahhhh

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