And Now, Your Moment of Zen (From Easter Island)
Want to know what it's like to be "away from it all?" Welcome to Easter Island, or "Isla de Pascua" in Spanish and "Rapa Nui" in, well, Rapa Nui. Easter Island is considered the most remote inhabited island in the world, with Pitcairn Island (of Mutiny on the Bounty fame) being its nearest neighbor, some 1,293 miles away (and only reachable by boat). If you prefer to fly, it's LAN Airlines only, to three destinations: 6 hours to Santiago, Chile, 5.5 hours to Lima, Peru, or 5.5 hours the other way to Papeete, Tahiti.
In other words, Easter Island is in the middle of nowhere, Pacific Ocean.
What it lacks in chummy neighbor islands, Rapa Nui makes up for with its excellent stargazing, birdwatching, scuba diving, volcano-hiking, and [insert a wide variety of other adventure activities here]. Also, it's got seriously awesome sunsets.
So while we're here in the middle of nowhere, enjoying all activities listed above and then some, let us at least share this sunset with you for now. The video below was taken yesterday, September 13, 2012, from just north of the town of Hanga Roa.
[Photo and video: Cynthia Drescher/Jaunted]