Scattered Heads, Easter Island, Chile

One of the most remote places on the face of the planet, the Internet bandwidth of the entire Island was slower than what I get from my cable provider…

The “Easter Island Heads” (moai) are scattered throughout Isla de Pascua or Rapa Nui, as the island is known in Spanish or the local language. However, the largest concentration of moai remains littered on the slopes of a volcano – Rano Raraku – on one section of the island (seen here in this shot). The largest of them weighs over 80 tons, and reach a height of 33 feet. It had long been a mystery how these statues could be erected by an extinct island culture around 1200 CE, and then strategically positioned around the island. This was even stranger considering that not a single tree was evident when the Europeans arrived on the island. No international rental agencies exist here, and so renting a 4x4 on the island was impossible. Driving, still, was by far the easiest way to see the island given the tight schedule we were in so, we had to make do with a very old sedan, with a horribly mismatched paint job. We stayed on the island for three nights. Interestingly, too, the internet bandwidth for the entire island was slower than what I am used to back home. Nonetheless, all of us managed to stay alive!

One of the remotest places on the face of the planet...