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South America » Chile » Easter Island April 19th 2013

Je l’aurai eue, ma conduite en 4x4 ! À défaut des déserts d’Atacama, ce sera les routes accidentées pascuanes que j’aurai testées. Ce matin, le réveil est mis un peu plus tôt pour aller voir le lever de soleil sur un autre alignement de statues à l’est de l’ile, mais encore une fois, vues la saison et la localisation, ce n’est pas aux aurores car il se lève a 8h30 ! Conduite de nuit tout de même sans panneau de signalisation donc il faut faire attention et ralentir pour éviter…les chevaux sauvages, tranquilles au milieu de la route, dans le noir. Le lever de soleil ne sera pas exactement à l’ endroit espéré, avec la météo espérée, mais le site est magnifique et la quinzaine de moais alignés qui nous disent buen dia sont impressionnants. Il ... read more
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South America » Chile » Easter Island April 18th 2013

Le rythme de l’île est vite pris et la journée ne démarre qu’en fin de matinée, pour une balade vers un des principaux volcans, le Rono Kau, situé sur la côte sud-ouest. Le temps est au beau fixe mais pas trop chaud, ce qui rend l’ascension très agréable entre champs et forêt. Sur le chemin, une petite grotte maritime avec des pétroglyphes, des dessins d’oiseaux en l’honneur de l’homme-oiseau, voir plus loin. A la fin du sentier, près de la route un énorme cratère rempli d’eau dont la surface est parsemée de petites touffes d’herbe, et puis sur le flanc donnant sur la mer (bon, quasiment toute l’ile donne sur la mer !), une brèche contre laquelle on entend les vagues s’écraser avec fracas. Une vue magnifique quel que soit l’endroit où l’on se trouve. Puis ... read more
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South America » Chile » Easter Island » Hanga Roa April 17th 2013

A nouveau courte nuit et longue attente à l’aéroport et puis, en milieu d’après-midi, nous survolons, après 5 heures au dessus de l’océan, un bout de terre, avec des collines vertes. Pour souhaiter la bienvenue, une fleur d’ibiscus et des gouttes de pluie, il faut dire que le ciel est bien nuageux. Un peu plus tard, nous aurons droit à la visite express par notre hôte de l’unique ville de l’île (quand même 5000 habitants), pour nous permettre de nous repérer un peu car il n’y a pas de nom de rue visible, ou pas de nom du tout. Et même en passant en voiture vite fait, je vois déjà les statues mythiques au bord de l’océan, et elles ne sont pas mises dans le village par l’office du tourisme, ce sont des vraies, magique ! ... read more
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South America » Chile » Easter Island » Hanga Roa April 1st 2013

1/4/13 Riding a scooter on the unscooterable roads! We rode out to the Orongo crater this morning, it was one of the roads classed as gravel and so not suitable for scooters but they hadn’t met Howard yet! The road actually wasn’t too bad as long as it wasn’t wet and you are careful. The first section was hard packed dirt ridges with potholes and the last section gravel. Up at the crater rim was Orongo, the ceremonial Birdman village, we handed over our passes and were signed in. There were lots of stone houses, which were low, with tiny doorways (protection from the elements) which people had to crawl in through and they all faced out to the ocean and the islet of Moto Nui off the coast. The terraces outside the houses were used ... read more
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South America » Chile » Easter Island » Hanga Roa March 29th 2013

29/3/13 From Montevideo, Urugay to Santiago, Chile So we landed at Santiago and took the airport bus into the city, from the stop the bus finished at we then took two tube trains to get to the Belles Artes area which we were staying in for the night. When we got to the apartment complex the security guards on the gate who didn’t speak any English made us register then eventually handed us an envelope in which was a note and a tiny saying they had moved us to a different hotel. We were not impressed and the security guards looked bemused as we picked up our bags and left. The Carlton Hotel they moved us too was a couple of streets away and had definitely seen better days, the room was ok but really noisy, ... read more
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South America » Chile » Easter Island » Hanga Roa January 23rd 2013

La Tapati, fiesta tradicional Rapanui que se celebra en Febrero, es el evento más importante del año. Cada año, se postulan de dos a tres candidatas a reina. Ellas necesariamente deben estar apoyadas por sus familias ya que el costo de la organización y logística de el equipo de competidores, artistas, atletas y bailarines que apoyan a su reina es bastante alto, y las familias corren con este gasto. La familia de la candidata debe apoyar todo evento que involucre a los competidores, tales como entrenamientos, subvencionar materiales y hasta limpiar el lugar. Esto porque los competidores darán puntos para que la reina gane. En el caso del baile, cada candidata tiene su grupo de baile donde se mezcla gente local y turistas. Todos estamos invitados a bailar. Sólo hay que inscribirse e ir a los ... read more
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South America » Chile » Easter Island » Hanga Roa January 21st 2013

Siempre he sido “la catete de la hora”… mis amigas más cercanas pueden dar fé de ello. Si vamos a la nieve, jodo para que todos estén listos a las 7:15 para no toparse un taco (y realmente JODO!!). El que no está listo a esa hora tiene dos opciones: o lo dejo en la casa o lo espero, muy enojada, y se lleva un reto las 45 curvas. Cada vez que me tocó ir a dejar a alguien al aeropuerto lo apuré una y otra vez para estar a la hora y con tiempo de holgura para cualquier eventualidad. Entonces, por qué el día del viaje que he esperado por más de dos meses, me traspapelo en la hora, me relajo y me ducho tranquila, salgo con la hora justa, a la hora del taco ... read more

South America » Chile » Easter Island » Hanga Roa December 6th 2012

Okay, getting to Isla de Pascua was a bit more challenging then we had expected. After getting upgraded to Business (good!) we were told 2 hrs into the flight that we unfortunately had to return to Santiago due to a technical defect (not so good!). But fortunately we could embark on to a new airplane soon, and our delay was limited to about 5 hours. When we got off the plane, we felt like we were arriving on the most perfect tropical island.. Nice sunny weather, a huge runway with only our plane, and already a view on the first Moai statues. Ahh.. Although it was already 6 PM, we learned we still had another 3 hours before sunset, so we quickly changed into our shorts and went on a walk through the mellow town of ... read more
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Visiting inland Moai on one of our hikes

South America » Chile » Easter Island » Hanga Roa November 7th 2012

Rapa Nui or Easter Island as it is better known is the world's most remote inhabited island, shrouded in mystery due to the legendary Moai statues and possibly the place the Easter Bunny calls home. So for these reasons, we decided that leaving Santiago and flying five and a half hours in the direction of home seems worth the effort despite the return flight to Chile and then the flight home. The airlines really need to think about this one.... The flight gave us the opportunity to catch up on our blogging, get our trillions of photos into some kind of order, watch the remaining movie on the Lan inflight entertainment and sample some more excellent Chilean wine. Touch down came fast as the airstrip is literally on the edge of the island and we were ... read more
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South America » Chile » Easter Island September 1st 2012

Destination - The most remote inhabited island in the world! Rapa Nui to the locals, Isla de Pascua to the Latin Americans and Easter Island to the English speakers! The island is Polynesian but belongs to Chile although it is 2,180 miles West of the country. LAN are the only airline that fly to the island so the price is high with there being no competition, it took 5hrs 30mins to get there from Santiago and 4hrs 45mins to get back. On arrival myself and Scott were greeted by one of the guys working at the hostel we were staying at and we each got a necklace of flowers which was nice although being 2 guys and having pink flowers around are necks probably wasn't the look we were going for ha! We then jumped into ... read more
View from the Island's Highest Point
View from the Island's Highest Point
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