Saturday, 17 September 2016

EASTER ISLAND - Rapa Nui / Isla de Pascua

Easter Island (Rapa NuiRapa Nui, Spanish: Isla de Pascua) is a Chilean island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, at the southeasternmost point of the Polynesian Triangle. Easter Island is famous for its 887 extant monumental statues, called moai, created by the early Rapa Nui people. In 1995, UNESCO named Easter Island a World Heritage Site, with much of the island protected within Rapa Nui National Park
Easter Island is one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world. The nearest inhabited land (around 50 residents in 2013) is Pitcairn Island, 2,075 kilometres (1,289 mi) away the nearest town with a population over 500 is Rikitea, on the island of Mangareva, 2,606 km (1,619 mi) away; the nearest continental point lies just in central Chile, 3,512 kilometres (2,182 mi) away.
Easter Island is a special territory of Chile that was annexed in 1888. Administratively, it belongs to the Valparaíso Region, and, more specifically, it is the only commune of the Province Isla de Pascua. According to the 2012 Chilean census, the island has about 5,800 residents, of whom some 60 percent are descendants of the aboriginal Rapa Nui.

These beautiful covers send from the Mystery place called Easter Island of Chile. I sent the covers to the post office an year back, but no response from there. Later my Chilean friend Alexis contacted the higher authorities to locate the covers which I sent, they found it is kept in the office. They immediately postmarked and sent as Registered mail with beautiful stamps as gift. I understand it is not common that postmarking and sending back the covers on request, may be because of that they kept aside the covers without sending back. Thank You Alexis for the big help get back my covers from the special region. The Easter island postal staff gifted me a set of imperforated Easter Island MS also. The covers posted on August 20, 2016 and I received on September 19, 2016.

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