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mamielle Ile de Pâques - A travel report by Marielle
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Easter Island or « Rapa Nui »

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On the Chile’s way there is Easter Island which is located in the middle of Pacific Ocean. It’s the furthest island from mainland territory. We stopped over for one week when we gone in Chile.


Sight of Hanga Roa
Sight of Hanga Roa
There has been much controversy and confusion concerning the origins of the Easter Islanders. It has the shape of a volcanic triangle and its surface is 180km². The millenary island is considered an open air museum, since it has over thousands giant stone statues named “Moai” with more than 10 metres high and 50 000 kg, which are spread along the coasts end slopes. The Rapanui inhabitants are among the friendliest people you will ever meet, and the landscape is truly amazing - with its volcanic craters, lava formations, beaches, brilliant blue water, and archaeological sites.

Favourite spots:
ahu te Pito Kura or
ahu te Pito Kura or "uterus of the planet"
We visited Eastern Island with a Rapanui guide really interresting. Hanga Roa is the Capital of the island and the main town.
Ahu Akivi is an archeologic site which was the first site to be restored scientificaly between 1960 and 1961. This is a ceremonial place with seven “Moai”.
Ahu Tahiri has special significance since the carving of the giant stone walls is similar those in the inca city of Machu Pichu.
Ahu Vinapu where the 6 Moai are fallen down, disfigured and spread around the ahu.
Ahu te Pito Kura it’s a big stone perfectly rounded named by the old Rapanui inhabitants : “uterus of the planet”.
Ahu Tongariki, it was the biggest and most known funeral platform of all, built in Rapanui.It was 200m long and 15 statues on this platform. The 15 moai were restored in the early 1990's, reversing some of the damage done when an earthquake and corresponding tsunami flattened the statues and sent several topknots far inland in the early 1960's.

What's really great:
Pukao on Ahu Hanga Te'e
Pukao on Ahu Hanga Te'e
Ahu Hanga Te’e o Vahinu where the Moai are completely fallen down and “pukaos” (headdress) are spread.
Rano Raraku Volcano is one of the greatest and worthiest archeological sites on the island. Here exist more than 300 monuments in process of construction; they are disseminated in the inside and exterior slopes. This place has been known as “the way of moai”. It was the “no man’s land” which was owned by all clans. Rano Kau Volcano, in Rapa Nui language Rano means volcano and Kau, wide, vast. Inside of it there is a lagune with more than 1km of diameter and has more than 280m depth. On its surface there is an exhuberant vegetation with bulrush and cattails.

Sights:
Orongo
Orongo
Orongo, old and magnifecent ceremonial village, located in the southern, extreme on the western top of Rano Kau, surrounding the crater and the cliff in the sea. From the village, there is a nice view of Motu Nui and Motu Iti. The farthest Island is Motu Nui. It was the focus of the Birdman Cult. Each winter the most fit members of each tribe would swim out and fast and lie in wait for the sooty tern to return to the islands. The first man to swim back through the shark infested waters with an unbroken egg could name the year, lived in splendor, and got his pick of the ladies. This cult developed late in the Rapa Nui history.

Accommodations:
Ahu Tahiri
Ahu Tahiri
You have many boarding houses, but we lived in "Chez Maria Goretti", confortable bed & breakfast which accomodates a variety of amenities. they offers also horse rentals for horseback riding and tours of the island on horseback.

Nightlife:
Rano Kau Volcano
Rano Kau Volcano
There are some discotheques but after a long sunny trip day we were tired and we went to sleep early !

Hangouts:
Ahu Tongariki
Ahu Tongariki
The Hango Roa hotel propose Rapa Nui dances 's representation.

Restaurants:
Ahu Nau Nau
Ahu Nau Nau
the most of the time we eated at "Chez Maria Goretti" but we went at "la Taverne du Pêcheur" where you can eat very good fish meals and at "Mama Sabina" where you can eat cheap fast foods.

Other recommendations:
Anakena beach
Anakena beach
There so many places to visit, I can't tell you all, but don't forget visit also :
Caves of Ana te Pahu was likely used as a house occasionally and a shelter, during the historic period of the island.
Ahu Hanga Te’e o Vahinu where the Moai are completely falen down and “pukaos” (headdress) are spread.
Rano Raraku Volcano is one of the greatest and worthiest archeological sites on the island. Here exist more than 300 monuments in process of construction; they are disseminated in the inside and exterior slopes. This place has been known as “the way of moai”. It was the “no man’s land” which was owned by all clans.,
Anakena, beautiful beach where there are two ahu completely restored : Ahu Ature Huki and Ahu Nau Nau.
It's better to visit with guide.

Published on Tuesday January 31th, 2006


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Tue, Feb 12 2008 - 09:38 PM rating by krisek

Thanks for sharing your report. I went to Rapa Nui about a year before you, and I also loved it. It is so nice to read your observations. I like the photographs, too. Well done!

Wed, Jul 19 2006 - 12:52 AM rating by karlakern

Ya quisiera visitar este sitio, es muy mágico porque tiene algo muy especial en su entorno natural, escribes muy lindo. =)

Wed, Mar 01 2006 - 12:00 PM rating by marianne

These beautiful blue skies .... They make me wish to visit

Tue, Feb 14 2006 - 05:27 PM rating by mistybleu

This is a wonderful report. Thanks

Wed, Feb 01 2006 - 11:52 PM rating by ehs1193

Makes Easter Island inviting to go to.

Wed, Feb 01 2006 - 12:00 PM rating by wojtekd

Your report brought to me a lot of memories... Great pictures - you had beautiful weather! (I didn't). Thank you and congratulations!

Tue, Jan 31 2006 - 09:12 PM rating by jorgesanchez

Encore une fois tu a ecrit un report super!

Tue, Jan 31 2006 - 07:27 PM rating by magsalex

Really enyoyed reading about this remote destination!

Tue, Jan 31 2006 - 05:26 PM rating by rangutan

Quite an amazing place and report!

Tue, Jan 31 2006 - 04:36 PM rating by davidx

Excellent. Being always greedy for even more from an excellent site, I should be delighted if you added a bit on how to get there - not that I ever expect to be able to.

Tue, Jan 31 2006 - 10:50 AM rating by mortimer

Thank you for the insight in this remote (at least to me) place, well done!

Tue, Jan 31 2006 - 09:47 AM rating by frenchfrog

Very well written. Very good and useful information provided, super!
I really want to go there now!

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