During our week-long visit, we walked along the rugged coastline past historical sites, through lava tubes and past moais; we hiked the volcanoes that formed the island; ate local seafood; explored and learned about the incredible history with a local guide; danced in the sideways rain; swam in the "delicious" waters the color of sea glass; were up at dawn to watch the stars fade to daylight and at dusk to see the sunset fade to a starry sky.
We ate the famous tuna empanada and drank local brewed beer, listened and danced to traditional music, met locals who happily offered us rides and also told the history of the island and its present state.
To say it was the trip of a lifetime may be cliche, but perhaps true. I am not sure we would have found ourselves here if not in the southern hemisphere, or traveling to one of the two places that offers flights (which, are only once a day). It was a memorable experience indeed.