Photo of the Week: Extraordinary Easter Island

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Ahu Akivi on Easter Island

They stand tall and proud, seven giant moai statues of equal shape and size. Filled with mystery and astronomical precision, Ahu Akivi is a sacred celestial observatory said to have been built way back in the 1500’s.

It’s not the most recognized collection of moai statues on Easter Island, like Ahu Tongariki or Rano Raraku, but they are equally impressive. An interesting fact about Ahu Akivi is that the moai statues face sunset during the Spring Equinox and have their backs to the sunrise during the Autumn Equinox. It really makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

Few places feel as remote and isolated as Easter Island. Located in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, at the southeastern most point of the Polynesian Triangle, Easter Island was listed as a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.

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Cam and Nicole Wears are newbie parents living in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. A passion for travel and outdoor adventure has taken them to over 70 countries on 6 continents in the past 10 years. Learn more about their story here. Follow them on Instagram and subscribe to their monthly newsletter.