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South America » Chile » Easter Island » Hanga Roa June 19th 2014

Easter Island, if you look at it on a map, is shaped just like a triangle. Over the last couple of days, I've mainly explored to 2 tips of the triangle; today I set out for the point. This section of the island is dominated by Mt. Terevaka, which is the highest point, but really is still basically just a big hill. Also in this area are a few more moai, especially the great group at Ahu Akivi. Before getting to Akivi, though, I went by Puna Pao, which is where the topknots for the moai came from, or those red looking rocks that stand in for moai hair. This was an interesting sight, and there were some great views across the island and back down into Hanga Roa, but I especially enjoyed it because of ... read more
Pano Pao
View North
Another of Pano

South America » Chile » Easter Island » Hanga Roa June 18th 2014

There are a few things that I really like about Easter Island. One of these things is the fact that, since you're in such a small place, even tourists become locals. I mean when there's only like 4 places to eat, you're bound to get to know some people. That happened today during breakfast when I went into the same place as yesterday and the same lady brought me the same food. I wished her the first hasta manana of the day, or see you tomorrow. It also happened tonight, when I went back to my favorite little coffee shop, the one with the retriever, who's name I learned is blanco. Had the same thing: an Americano, or straight black coffee, and told the guy I'll see him tomorrow night. Hasta Manana. The other thing about ... read more
Rano Rau
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First Cow Herd

South America » Chile » Easter Island » Hanga Roa June 17th 2014

What a day today... a day where I feel like I've entered a whole new world - meaning that I left Santiago bright and early for a flight to Easter Island. This flight was hilarious for many reasons. First of all, it was a giant plane that was only half full. I think I had an entire row to myself. Then, when you look at the flight map, you basically fly for 5 hours to a tiny speck of a dot in the middle of the South Pacific. It's funny, too - I'm now back in Denver time - flew across 2 time zones. The approach to the Island was quite the event as well. Kind of like Machu Picchu, the Island just emerged from the clouds as we descended, and the little strip of a ... read more
Another
Starting to Descend
Landing

South America » Chile » Easter Island » Hanga Roa June 17th 2014

Today was one of those travel days that I like to call Holy Shit days. Meaning that I catch myself saying Holy Shit, I'm actually here. It's that moment when all of those photos you've looked at suddenly come to life, and the real thing is right there in front of you. Alive. Real. Holy Shit. Today was that type of day pretty much from the get go. Antoine knocked on my door early in the morning with the news that he had my car ready for me. What made this so funny was how serious he was about it. I renting the car directly from him, and I get the feeling it's his prized possession. He wants me to take very good care of it. I think he even has a name for it. He ... read more
Getting Closer
There They Are!
Moai Close-Up

South America » Chile » Easter Island » Hanga Roa January 21st 2014

At our arrival to the Easter Island airport, we immediately got to feel like we have left (continental) South America behind and arrived in South Pacific, as we were met by Keka, the owner of our guesthouse, placing flower leis on our necks in real southern island style :) Keka was great throughout our stay, always asking how we are, offering fruits, and being helpful with anything we needed. Her guesthouse Vaianny was also a very relaxing place; nice garden to sit in observing chickens walking around, good kitchen, peaceful nights, nice people - couldn't have been much better! We met three other couples , who were also traveling around the world taking pretty much the same route as we, from New Zealand to Tahiti to Easter Island to South America, obviously we are just doing ... read more
one morning we woke up before dawn to see moais at sunrise
sunrise
Anakena beach

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South America » Chile » Easter Island » Hanga Roa January 13th 2014

January 12, 13, 2014 Tour today to see other sites on Easter Island. We started our day with a visit to the quarry where the Moai were all made. Very interesting place. About 400 left here in various stages of creation. The largest, not finished, is 21 meters high, about 100 tonnes, and would have been the largest ever made. Moai were moved as far as 25 KM from here to various places on the Island. There is also a kneeling Moai here. The only one in Isla Pascua. Also visited the largest group, 15 statues, on one platform, next to the ocean. Very impressive. Following a good lunch we drove to the north coast of the island to see the site of the last statue to be pushed over. This was in about mid 1800’s. ... read more
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South America » Chile » Easter Island » Hanga Roa January 11th 2014

January 10, 11 2014 Isla Pascua, Chile. Easter Island was first discovered by Europeans on an Easter Sunday. Now we know ! January 10,2014 Arrived from Santiago, Chile after lunch and had a free day to roam around this interesting place. The main town is small ( the whole island is under 6000 people ) Walked from our hotel to the center of town and on the way saw our first Moais. These are the stone statues the island is so famous for. Spent some time in town and checked out some local restaurants. Should be a very interesting 3 days here. January 11, 2014 This morning we were met by our guide and driver on a group tour to see some of the highlights of Easter Island. Today we visited the top of the large ... read more
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South America » Chile » Easter Island » Hanga Roa December 26th 2013

Påskeøen - verdens natur og kultur arv - fredet ved Unisco og det forstår man godt. Scenariet er ikke mindre end fantastisk, bjergtagende, uforståeligt og helt igennem imponerende! Øen er en stor naturpark, med kun 2500 fastboende indbyggere. Øen er verdens mest isolerede sted, ligger 4000 km fra Sydamerika midt i Stillehavet - nærmeste naboer er Tahiti og New Zeeland. Statuer sa høje som.....og ingen ved endnu helt hvordan det lod sig gøre. Vi talte om at det faktisk var befriende at menneskeheden netop ikke har svar på alt. Vulkankratere som skabte øen - vandretur til øens højeste punkt med udsigt -"all around the Island" Drømmen gik i opfyldelse - tænk sig at Mette har "gemt" historien om Anders og ungerne på ekspedition for Onkel Joakim pa paskeøen i omkring 35 år........måske Mette skulle have kontaktet ... read more
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South America » Chile » Easter Island June 14th 2013

There are few of these places that most of us consider as "the end of the world". I believe we can easily put Easter Island as one of these places. Normally you don't go back to these places once you have had the joy to experience them...well...at least not for a while! I would actually love to go back to Antarctica and Greenland...but with my kids...one day.... My first visit to Easter Island was back in July 2010..so not that long ago actually. Why coming back? Well, simple, it's a free stop-over on the way between Papeete and Santiago...and the expensive thing about Easter Island is getting there...so Hanga Roa...I'm back...for three nights! Diving in the Tuamotus (Rangiroa and Fakarava) should not be compared to the diving in Easter Island. Here the island is volcanic, meaning ... read more
Not all sunset are made equals...
Easter Island
Tongariki

South America » Chile » Easter Island » Hanga Roa May 6th 2013

Another historical mystery of Rapa Nui is the birdman cult. After the moai had lost their meaning and warfair broke out among the clans a new cult arose. Every year a birdman was picked who would rule the island's society. Thus peace could be re-established. The sacret place for the rituals of the birdman cult can still be visited today. And what a place! At the rim of the crater Rano Kau the Rapa Nui built a small village called Orongo. On one side you look into the collapsed crater of the volcano, 200 metres deep and filled with water. Its steep walls encircle about 1,5 kilometre and open up on one side to the open ocean. On the other side of the crater rim the cliff drops right into the sea, about 300 metres deep. ... read more
Motu Nui, Motu iti, Motu Kao Kao
Birdman petroglyph
Orongo sacrate village




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