From Stone Age to Space Age – Easter Island

Until about 40 years ago once a year a Chilean warship visited Easter Island, bringing supplies. Very few tourists visited the island dotted with stone heads.

In 1967 the airport was finished and flights arrived from Tahiti and Santiago, Chile and tourism began.

In the 1970’s the Chilean government made changes: water supplies, electricity, a school and hospital.

Easter Island entered the Space Age in the late ’80’s when NASA extended the airport to accommodate an emergency landing for the US space shuttle.

Airport built by NASA,


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About Marybeth Bond

Marybeth Bond is the nation’s preeminent expert on women travel. She is the award-winning
author-editor of 11 books.

Marybeth has hiked, cycled, climbed, dived and kayaked her way through more than seventy countries around the world.

She was a featured guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Marybeth has appeared on CBS News, CNN, ABC, NBC, National Public Radio and National Geographic Weekend.

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