Author: <span class="vcard">kellyeprice</span>Kelly was diagnosed with geographic ADD at the ripe old age of 14 when she took her first trip abroad, trading her native Texas for the wilds of Tokyo. Since then, she's devoted her life to exploring the world, living in Japan, China, and now the UK, and traveling as much as a corporate job would allow. Now she's devoted to creating a location-independent life by becoming a digital nomad.
I’ll be honest – I’d wanted to go to Easter Island ever since I read Jared Diamond’s book Collapse about how the Easter Islanders went from being a complex civilization of thousands of individuals who produced those amazing iconic statues, the moai, to a dwindling group of stragglers by the time the first Westerner, Dutchman Jacob Roggeveen, first stumbled upon the island in 1722.
With Valparaiso just 60 miles to the west, a Santiago to Valparaiso day trip is easily done. There are many things to do in Valparaiso, Chile (or “Valpo”, as it’s known to its friends) that could warrant a longer stay, but we only had one day before we had to fly off to Easter Island, and one day is long enough to imbibe the artful vibe of this lovely seaside town.