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Rano Raraku

The quarry. Where the partially carved (basalt) Moai were slowly moved down the hill to other places on the island. The eye sockets and eyes were added later as were more detailed facial features of the person being honoured.
Help, I've fallen... and I can't get up!

May 14th 2015
Iorana! (Rapa Nui for Hello) Off we flew to one of the most remote islands on the planet...Isla Pascua (Easter Island). And we were hosted by the lovely town of Hanga Roa. Far flung Easter Island sits about 3700 km from its Motherland in the middle of the Pacific Ocean - it is one of the most isolated inhabited places on Earth. They say that timing is everything. We arrived on the island ... read more
South America » Chile » Easter Island » Hanga Roa

Chilean Flag Prior to the coming of the Spanish in the 16th century, northern Chile was under Inca rule while Araucanian Indians inhabited central and southern Chile; the latter were not completely subjugated until the early 1880s. Although Chile declared its ind... ... read more
25th May 2015

Isolated wonders of the world!
From the freezing Antarctic and Manitoba to the arid Atacama to subtropical Easter Island--you two certainly choose extreme, exotic places! What a great visit filled with the mystery of the place--how wonderful that you had Paul to explain some of the theories. Glad too, to hear that you stayed in a wooden house surrounded by trees because when the Europeans arrived, the island had been deforested. Since the trees have been reborn, hopefully, the horse grass will be controlled, and the Rapa Nui people will be able to preserve their heritage for the future.

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