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Product Details

  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: James Grant Peterkin; 1st edition (June 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9563326415
  • ISBN-13: 978-9563326413
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The indispensable guidebook to the island by Scottish enthusiast James Grant-Peterkin.  No-one should go to Easter Island without first acquiring this book. It's not just a guide book, it also gives all the background, the 'gossip' if you like, about the island and what you will find there."  -Current Archaeology Magazine

About the Author

James Grant-Peterkin was born in Scotland, and fulfilled a childhood dream when he first set foot on Easter Island in 1996, aged just 19. A graduate of Cambridge University, he wrote his finals dissertation on the unique linguistic situation of Easter Island - the only place in the world where Spanish is spoken alongside a Polynesian language. He has been living on Rapa Nui since 2001, and has been leading specialist tours of the island for over a decade. He now runs his own private touring company, Easter Island Spirit, and is also the British Honorary Consul on the island.

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This book is indispensable for independent travelers.
Viv and Mike
It really helped as we drove/hiked around to various places -- giving us immediate background information on the sights we were seeing and the ones to visit.
K. Glass
The book provided much more than that and greatly added to our enjoyment and knowledge of the Island.
Nancy M

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Pete Goetz on August 3, 2011
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I completely agree with the previous review. I just returned from 8 days on Rapa Nui, Peterkin recommends a minimum of five, and this book was an invaluable aid. Peterkin's knowledge of, and love for this island and its inhabitants are obvious from having read this guide. Rapa Nui is a place like no other, and Peterkin offers sensible advice--religiously followed, except the part about acquiring a tattoo--and even rates sites to visit with one to three stars. And his ratings are, in my opinion, correct. Included are excellent photos and illustrations; a map of Hanga Roa, the only town, and of the island itself. Prices are high, consumer goods limited, and the local people affable and kind. Even with visitors such as myself, whose command of Rapa Nui is limited to two words, and whose Spanish is scant beyond knowing how to curse and ask for a beer. Maururu, Mr. Peterkin!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Viv and Mike on June 2, 2012
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For those who plan their own travel, information about Easter Island is hard to come by. Most guidebooks to Chile include a chapter on the island that is not terribly helpful. The "Companion" changes the game. It is a user-friendly inside view of the island, its history, its facts and its myths as well as serving as a personal tour guide. Well-written, it loads readily on any e-device and can serve as your 24/7 guide. It does not deal with hotel recommendations and those can be found in the more conventional guidebooks. This book is indispensable for independent travelers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carrie on May 28, 2012
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This is a terrific book - it's like having your own tour guide with you on Easter Island. I downloaded it onto my Kindle and found that really handy. I simply threw it in my day pack, jumped in our rental jeep and referenced the book throughout the day. The chapters in the book make it easy to read about exactly where you are. The sights on Easter Island are breathtaking, but knowing the story behind what you're seeing adds a lot to the experience. The author writes interesting stories about all the different parts of the island, so it's not only practical information - it's enjoyable to read. I highly recommend downloading this guide before going to Easter Island. Follow the tips on what to see and when to go during the day.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nerea on July 3, 2011
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I was for a week in Easter Island and, at first, went to see turistic typical places. When I bought this book discovered that there existed many other places to visit such as the island's prison with its handicrafts market with things made by the prisoners (at a better price than in the shops), NASA installations and many others, and was so happy to discover a new side of the Island. I would recommend it to everybody going to Easter island as their experience will be much more intense.
Nerea San Vicente
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nancy M on May 16, 2012
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We were so pleased to find this book as we were looking for more complete information on the archaeological sites of the Island. The book provided much more than that and greatly added to our enjoyment and knowledge of the Island. It says it is a concise guide and it is a quick read but the sections on history and culture certainly gave us very useful information and got us interested in learning more. We used our few new words in Rapa Nui to connect with the locals and, after reading the book, were better able to ask questions. As a guide to the sites on the Island, it was invaluable. We toured the island over several days, on our own, and without the guidebook we would have missed a lot. With the newly learned background to the culture and history, viewing the sites became so much richer. With the aid of this guidebook, we felt we had had an astounding experience in Easter Island by better appreciating the statues and by having a glimpse into the culture past and present.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul M. Bauer on January 6, 2012
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I was able to spend a few days on Easter Island around Christmas 2011, and this book helped me get the most out of my trip and I am convinced that without it, my experience would have been nowhere nearly as enjoyable. The book gives you key and interesting historical and cultural narratives as well as discussions about the top and even lesser known tourist destinations and even the best times to go to each to avoid crowds plus the generally accepted best photographic times. Admittedly, the island isn't swarming with tourists, (I estimate less than 1,000 while I was there on any given day), but wit this book I often felt like I was the only one there, being able to hit key spots during quieter times and other hidden gems where no one else seemed to venture (the caves on the western rim are awesome and off most people's radar). If you are only going to be on the island for a few days (I arrived on a Friday and left on a Monday), then I highly suggest going around on your own and using this book to plan your itinerary as I did; there was nothing advertised on any of the tours that wasn't discussed in this book and you don't lose much if anything on island culture and history by forgoing guides. Even if you are planning a longer stay, this book is still a must in my opinion so you can go out on your own a few days and not feel the slightest bit lost or confused. I cannot overstate how happy I was that I got this book ahead of time. Even the hotel I stayed at that tried to get me to use their tour and talked about how most books are all wrong with history, etc., had to admit that this book was a good one.
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