In the basket of the hot air balloon “Yellow Submarine,” flying high over the plains of New Mexico in 1996, Stas Namin and Yuri Senkevich hatched their plan to complete a trip around the world by way of Easter Island.
Upon their return to Moscow, they began to prepare the project. Yuri Senkevich invited his friend, the famous Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl, who had opened Easter Island to the world when he led the first archaeological expeditions there in the 1950s. Stas
Namin summoned to the team musician Andrei Makarevich, television host Leonid Yakubovich, performing artist Leonid Yarmolnik, and businessman Mark Garber.
In April 1997 the expedition left from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo-2 airport, heading first to Europe, then to Africa and South America. The team met up with Thor Heyerdahl in Peru and flew with him on a small plane from Lima to an isolated region of the country, where several years earlier Heyerdahl had discovered ancient pyramids similar to the ones in Egypt. On the way there, as often seems to happen with real-life expeditions, the engine caught fire, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing.
From Peru the expedition flew out to Santiago, Chile, and from there straight to Easter Island, the most remote island from the mainland. It is located a little south of Chile, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The group spent seven days on the island.
They left Easter Island to head out for the island of Tahiti, located six hours further north by plane. There they also stayed for quite a few days, including in that time a visit to the neighboring “paradise island” of Bora Bora.
After Tahiti the expedition set out for New Zealand, from there to Japan, and following that returned home to Moscow. Three films were shot during the trip: one for Yuri Senkevich’s TV show "Traveler’s Club", one for Andrei Makarevich’s show, and the last for Stas Namin’s video series "International Geographic".