Ahu Tongariki for the Sunrise & the Easter Island Heads

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  1. Christie Hawkes says:

    Wow, what beautiful photos, Teja! It would appear this experience was well worth getting up before dawn for. I found your blog through a comment you left on 3 Sisters Abroad, and I am so glad I did. Thank you for sharing your amazing experience. Happy travels!


    • Teja says:

      Thanks for coming by! It was an incredible morning and rest of the day indeed. Check back soon later in the month – I’m writing a few more on the non-moai experiences of Easter Island!

  2. federica says:

    This is a very fascinating story. I have never heard of the lake near by before.

  3. I enjoy reading your thoughts on sustainability within your post as well as the history behind Easter Island. I thought it was intriguing to hear your thoughts about what has been uncovered and what still remains a mystery. Sometimes, I think it’s better to not have all of the answers–it’s what makes the world captivating and worth preserving!

    • Teja says:

      Thank you ! Yes, I do try to give a taste of what it’s like to be in the moment and actually make choices considering sustainability. That it isn’t a one-answer thing, there are compromises you might make in different situations, but it’s the mindset that is key!

      Agree, there are things that are lost with time, and different things could be equally true, depending on which piece of information is missing! And this experience should make us realise that, with such a limited perspective, dogma is just a form of arrogance.

  4. I really enjoyed this post. Thank you for including sustainability in your travel writing. I hope to get to Easter Island someday.

    • Teja says:

      Thanks! Yes, I thought I’d contribute something a little different, and hopefully maybe inspire some people – readers and writers alike. It’s less obvious than direct sustainability tips, but I thought I’d make visible what it’s like to actually apply those tips in real life travel.

  5. Penny says:

    The continuous jostling of crowds at monuments used to perplex me a bit. I’ve learned to step back and realize that no matter which way I twist it, I’m adding to the crowd too. So now I wait, watch and take pics with the crowds in them. Sometimes I get lucky and get a really good one. Sometimes not so much. At the end of the day, the minds eyes captures far more and that’s the way I’m comfortable with. :)

    • Teja says:

      Agreed. In this particular instance, seeing if there were other ways to capture the scene that isn’t the same as the images I’ve already seen, was extremely rewarding. I found that the shadows cast by the moai masked the crowds. Yes, the people are all still in front of the platform in *all* of the shots! And of course, the one I used as my blog banner is actually improved by that human silhouette in the slit between moai, I think!

  6. upasana says:

    This is such a brilliant post and the hint of medieval remains of the place is surreal. The pictures are gorgeous especially the ones with the rays of the sun beaming through the statues.

  7. Candy says:

    Gorgeous photos! Thank you for sharing your story!