Before my evening flight to Easter Island, Kyle and Emily took me on a quick tour of downtown Santiago. After brunch, we set off to visit most of the major sites and at some of them I was able to witness the recent earthquake damage. Emily wrote an in depth post about this day, in case you are interested you can find it here. The following photos are from our walk together:
We were not able to see everything, but Kyle and Emily told me that was their “secret plan” in order to lure me back to Santiago. They sure know how to make a girl feel loved! I refused to say goodbye to them, rather I said see you later, since I would be briefly returning to Santiago after my trip to Easter Island.
Words of advice when booking a trip to Easter Island: if you desire to go, do not procrastinate in booking your tickets, as flights are very limited and tend to sellout quickly. I highly recommend booking your flight at least three to six months in advance. I was extremely lucky that there were first class seats still available, otherwise I would have not been able to go. LAN Chile is an excellent airline, but their first class seats are pure luxury. They give you a comforter to keep warm, enough said right?
The flight from Santiago to Easter Island was almost six hours long, which felt like an eternity since I was so eager to be there. Not only was I excited to be on the island, I was also excited to see my hotel. Erina, my travel agent, had discovered a brand new hotel that had recently opened named Hotel Altiplanico. She did not know much about it, however from everything we could find online it seemed perfect.
I was picked up by the hotel at the airport and immediately I was donned with a floral lei around my neck. As we pulled up to the hotel the sun had just disappeared over the horizon and I could see the silhouette of a Moai off in the distance with the ocean as a backdrop. If it sounds surreal, it was! I was then given a welcome pisco and led to my room. It was a little cabin that I would best describe as understated elegance. I simply could not ask for more.
I fell asleep that night to the sound of the Polynesian waves.