Island of the Week: Easter Island

Easter Island is Millennial's choice for mystery of the week

Island of the Week: Easter Island

Easter Island can be found in the southeastern Pacific Ocean and is most famous for the 887 monumental statues created by the early Rapa Niu people. These statues, called moai, were carved out of volcanic ash and the majority are large carvings of heads. It’s history is controversial as the inhabitants of Easter Island have endured famines, civil war, colonialism and near deforestation. The island was placed under martial law by Chile in the 70’s which slowed down tourism and brought upon new military facilities. In 2007, constitutional reform gave EI the status of a “special territory” of Chile.

There are currently just over 5,000 inhabitants living on Easter Island with tourism accounting for the majority of the economy. Tourists come to visit the caves, volcanos, beaches, and statues and can also enjoy surfing, scuba diving, biking, horseback riding and island trekking.

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Written by Kelly Tatera

Kelly Tatera is an aspiring journalist at Syracuse University who dreams that one day her writing will shed light upon the injustice that occurs worldwide every day. Kelly grew up in various European countries, which she strongly believes contributed to her worldly outlook on life. It also helped her develop decent fluency in French, which she loves to speak to her friends because they have no idea what she’s saying. Her tips for success are: travel as much as you can, respect cultural differences, venture outside of the tourist traps, keep a Dream Journal, become a documentary buff, and always save room for dessert.

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