I've booked us in the Hotel Diego de Alamagro Aeropuerto for one night. It's about a 10 minute ride in a complementary shuttle bus. The hotel is clean and better than we expected for $80 including continental breakfast. We spend the day relaxing near the pool, catching up on online activities, and napping.
The alarm jolts us a 5:15 am Monday. We dress, have a little breakfast and pile into the overcrowded 6:30am shuttle bus. We encounter Monday morning traffic but arrive at the airport before 7am.
When I checked in online it would not allow me to select seats, but that's okay because we receive complementary upgrades to business class on a new Dreamliner. Score! The 5 hour flight gives us time to watch some movies and catch a short nap, although neither of us use the lay flat feature.
We walk toward the ocean and watch some of the surfers and swimmers at Ahu Tautira for a little bit then make our way back to Atamu Tekena, the main street of the town and then turn left on Av. Hotu Matua to reach our hotel. As we walk along William comments that is all uphill! I sometimes think he is exaggerating but in this case he is 100% correct - it is a consistent gradual uphill climb. Funny, we didn't notice that it was all downhill on the way there, but we did comment that it wasn't a bad walk.
In the 22C (72F) evening sitting out on the patio we meet some of the other couples staying at the hotel. There is an exchange of good stories. We also stare at the star-filled sky. A great start to our stay on the island.