7 Reasons to Visit Easter Island

Easter Island is a Chilean island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean. It’s most famous for its 887 extant monumental statues, called moai.

Why visit Easter Island?   7 reasons, via this guest post:

Easter Island at beach. credit

  1. To throw claim to the fact that you’ve been to one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world.

Easter Island is part of Chile, but located nearly 2000 miles (3000 km) away from the mainland. It doesn’t get much more remote than this!

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2. To watch the sun come up over Ahu Tongariki – breathtaking!

I recommend heading there as early as you’re able to wake up. Rent a car to make the experience truly memorable.  Sunrise Ahu Tongariki Easter Island

3. To climb a real volcano, stand at the top and take in nothing but fresh Pacific Ocean air… and this stunning view!

The photos don’t even do it justice. There are several hiking paths around the crater and a visitors center. Views of Hanga Roa town are also spectacular!

Top of Volcano in Easter Island

4. To wander in the footsteps of the ancient Rapa Nui people through the quarry of Rano Raraku.

Admire the unfinished moai and puzzle over just how these (sometimes huge) sculptures ended up scattered all over the island!

Volcano Boarding!

I went Volcano Boarding! (and lived to tell about it…)

Volcano Boarding is #2 on CNN’s “Thrill seekers bucket list: 50 things to do before you die.” They say Cerro Negro Volcano in Nicaragua is the only place in the world that has it. Naturally I booked my flight right away. It was so much fun!

Here’s the experience, in 26 photos:

Prison Break? Orange Is The New Black? Nope - we're on the top of a volcano, about to sled down as fast as we can. Volcano Boarding!
Prison Break? Orange Is The New Black? Nope – we’re on the top of a volcano, about to sled down as fast as we can. Volcano Boarding in Nicaragua!
Volcano Jumping! - Volcan Cerro Negro
Volcano Jumping! – jumping on top of Cerro Negro volcano in Leon, Nicaragua

What is Volcano Boarding?

It’s a bit of a misnomer – Volcano Boarding is less like snowboarding, and more like sledding. You’re not standing up; instead you’re

Cerro Negro is a live volcano, which erupted as recently as 1999. They’ll have a speed gun to track you – the record is more than 80 kilometers per hour down the volcano.

Volcano Boarding

Travel Bucket List 2016

Top 10 trips that are still on my travel bucket list

Which countries are on your travel bucket list?  Now that I’m getting so close to my Visit 50 goal (the Visit50 Travel Challenge – I’ve visited 47 countries already!), people have been asking, where’s next?  Where haven’t you visited yet?  Here’s a list of the top 10 trips that are still on my travel bucket list.

Warning, viewing this post may give you wanderlust!

  1. African Safari in Tanzania/Kenya/South Africa

Wildlife is among of my favorite things to travel to see (and photograph) – that includes lions, leopards, rhinoceros, cheetahs, elephants, and more. Sign me up!Lions in Africa - travel bucket list 2016

My ideal trip:  I want to visit the Serengeti during the Great Zebra & Wildebeest Migration.

Every year, 300,000 zebras, and 1.5 million wildebeest migrate from Tanzania’s Serengeti to Kenya’s Masai Mara. Watching them cross  the Grumeti River (Tanzania) and the Mara River (Kenya) is supposed to be a spectacular site!

seeing the Serengetti Migration is on my travel bucket list
photo by Diana Robinson

I’d also love to do a safari in Namibia or Botswana. All of them sound awesome!

2. Galapagos Islands / Ecuador

The Galapagos Islands have wildlife that’s unique to their little islands. It’s so close and sounds so amazing. I have to get there!

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