To say Easter Island is isolated is an understatement. The island is located in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean, 2,000 miles off the west coast of South America, making it one of the most remote places on the planet.
The famous heads were carved by the Rapu Nai people who inhabited the island between about 1250 and 1500 CE. They called the statues Moai and carved them as totems to their ancestors whom they considered to be gods.
Amazingly, the biggest of the Moai stands over 32 feet tall and tips the scales at a whopping 82 tons. But that wasn’t even the most ambitious project that the Rapu Nai undertook. An incomplete Moai on the island would’ve been 70 feet tall and 270 tons if it were finished. How were the builders able to move their stone structures around the island like they did? That’s a question for another day. For now, just enjoy the beauty of the Easter Islands heads (and bodies)!