I was sitting on a rock at Rano Raraku taking in the stunning scenery and reading my guide book—“A Companion to Easter Island” when a guide walked by with two tourist. I had to do a double take—the “guide” was actually the author of my guidebook! He asked me if I was enjoying the book and I couldn’t believe my luck. We chatted for a few minutes and I quickly realized that the only thing better than the guide book (which is a must buy) would be to have the author of the book guide us on a walking tour. Luckily, James had an opening in his schedule in a few days and we booked a day long hiking trip along the North Coast. My husband and I wanted to do this long hike but we were a little intimidated about going by ourselves and missing all the cool ruins and hidden treasures that the hike had to offer.
We started out early to avoid the heat of the day and took a leisurely pace stopping along the way to view some Moai and Ahu. We also saw some super cool caves with carvings. There is no way we would have been able to find these sites without James as many of them are over grown with bushes or hidden by rocks. The rugged North Coast was absolutely amazing and very few tourists make this hike. It felt like it was our own private island for the day! We stopped for a snack and to enjoy the gorgeous coast and crashing waves. James knowledge of the island is exceptional and he is happy to answer any and all questions. We ended the hike at Anakena which is a gorgeous white beach on the north end of the island. It was a perfect place to take a swim and relax after the trek.
If you want to see the island in an authentic way, I would highly recommend that you contact James for a very unique “insiders” experience. He can customize a tour that is just right for you—active or chill. He can provide information from a historical perspective as well as from a current day locals perspective—James will not disappoint.
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