Easter Island pt 2
We stayed at Camping Minihoa http://www.mihinoa.com/es_mihinoa.php
A fantastic choice as I made many kind friends there including Ryoko, Asuka, from Japan and Naty from Chile and Bob from the US. All wonderful people and friends I made from there. Ryoko and Atsuka were on their respective around trips and Ryoko is publishing her book on her around the world trip.
Naty was taking part in a traditional dance and which we could see a rehearsal which was very interesting.Camping Mihinoa wonderful places to stay, run by a friendly family providing you do not siphon the wifi as one Japanese group that arrived a day before we were leaving found out.
Very nearby there is a place to eat empanadas very cheaply (perhaps less than a minute away) that open during the evenings and run by a kind owner.
We also went with Bob to see a great dancing performance
Despite the infighting, the most damage to the population was from colonial authorities. Some came for missionary purposes others for the dark aims of slavery and exploitation.
At first Catholic missionaries arrived and relocated the inhabitants to Hanga Roa, which gives the island the structure today and its Roman Catholic faith. However tuberculosis was introduced by the first and killed a quarter of the population. European groups enslaved the population as well as introducing diseases.
Not just European though, Peruvian slave raiders for example were responsible for the death of at 1,500 men and women half the islands population. After the exploitation of Dutrou-Bornier there we according to Wikipedia just 111 people left on the island. After his murder a recovery began.
Easter Island is expensive not just to get to but to buy produce. So much is important from Chile and you would be wise (as I did) to buy as much as you can of stock such as water etc in Santiago before arriving on the island. There are several nice restaurants selling traditional food (often but not all fish based) and one nice Japanese restaurant as well.