Easter Island in the Pacific Ocean is a remote place to go for a holiday.
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3. GV Dancing girls in grass skirts at airport (4 shots) 0.44
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5. CU PULL BACK SV PAN Young boy with traditional costume PAN TO group of musicians 1.28
6. SV Man carrying two lobsters 1.36
7. GV & SV Cooks and waiters serving food from table (2 shots) 1.52
8. GVs Girls and boys in traditional costume dance (3 shots) 2.27
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Background: EASTER ISLAND
Easter Island in the Pacific Ocean is a remote place to go for a holiday. But now it is enjoying increased prosperity with the opening of an international airport at Mataveri and an influx of 10,000 tourists each year. Most of the visitors are from Chile, 3,700 kilometres (2,298 miles) away, which annexed the island almost a century ago. For years, the most celebrated attraction has been the number of mysterious giant statues, carved from stone, which dominate the landscape. They range from three metres to ten metres (10 feet to 30 feet) in height, the largest weighing over 83 tonnes. Archaeologists are still uncertain about their exact origins. The Chilean government has built a hotel at Hanga-Piko on the west coast and almost all of the island's 1,000 inhabitants live in the nearby village of Hanga-Roa. Some of them still like to dress in traditional costumes and entertain the visitors with songs and dances indigenous to the island. Fish and lobster, fresh from the Pacific Ocean, are also popular with the tourists.
Source: REUTERS - RAUL CUEVAS