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Easter Island – April 1-4, 2012

Posted by on Apr 19, 2012 in Adventure, Beach, Blog, Diving, Featured, Historical, Roadtrip, Travel | 5 comments

One of the “must-see” items on my bucket list has been to see Easter Island located 2,180 miles (3,510 kilometers) west of the coast of Chile in South America and is the south easternmost point of the Polynesian Triangle. Ever since I was a child, I was always fascinated by pictures of the “big heads” and the theories over who built them and why (of course, these included the “they were built by aliens” theory).

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The Highs and Lows of Easter Island – April 3-4, 2012

Posted by on Apr 19, 2012 in Adventure, Diving, Historical, Roadtrip, Trek | 1 comment

With my formal tours done, I scheduled myself for two additional adventures while on the island. On the afternoon of April 3rd, I scheduled...

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Ana Te Pahu and Ana Te Pora, Easter Island – April 3, 2012

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From Ahu Akiviki, a little of change of scene. This time it is all about caves.The caves are a series of tunnels formed by lava flows which were used during wartime to hide from the enemies or for ceremonies.

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Ahu Akivi, Easter Island – April 3, 2012

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While not as grandiose as Ahu Tongariki with its 15 colossal moai… or as beufully set as those on Anakena Beach… my favorite set of moai would have to be at Ahu Akivi with its seven moai. The location is also popularly known as Siete Moai.

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Puna Pao, Easter Island – April 3, 2012

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Puna Pau… the quarry for the “pukao” also known as the “red hats”. The pukao or topknots are not really “hats.” but rather, they are the hair of the statues,

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Anakena Beach, Easter Island – April 2, 2012

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Anakena is a white coral sand beach within Rapa Nui National Park. There are two Ahus on Anakena. One with six moai… another with one.

According to island oral traditions, Anakena was the landing place of Hotu Matu’a, a Polynesian chief who led a two canoe settlement party here and founded the first settlement on Rapa Nui.

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Ahu Te Pito Kura, Easter Island – April 2, 2012

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From the majestic Ahu Tongariki, we make our way to Ahu Te Pito Kura. While hardly as impressive as Tongariki, Te Pito Kura’s claim to fame is that it has the largest moai transported from Rano Raraku to an Ahu and erected called Paro, 10 meters high and weighing 92 tones.

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Ahu Tongariki, Easter Island – April 2, 2012

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Ahu Tongariki was the main centre and capital of the Hotu Iti, the eastern confederation of the Rapanui.

Ahu Tongariki was substantially restored in the 1990s by a multidisciplinary team headed by archaeologists, in a five year project carried out under an official agreement of the Chilean Government, the University of Chile, and a group of Japanese.

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Rano Raraku, Easter Island – April 2, 2012

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Rano Raraku is what I consider, the most awesome part of touring Easter Island… a visit to the Moai quarry… the volcano of Rano Raraku, where all the Moai on the island were carved from. Of the 887 Moai on the island, 397 of these are still at the quarry… still waiting to be transported to their Ahus all over the island.

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Akahanga, Easter Island – April 2, 2012

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Of the things I loved about this entire trip isn’t just the sightseeing… but the Cultural Adventure of learning about the history of the island and understanding the true story behind the awesome but mysterious Moai that blanket the Rapa Nui.

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