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Sep 26, 2018 - Rain, rain and more rain

Today there is more rain forecast and this is the day we left free to do snorkelling or anything else that we discovered during our time here. We have a lateish breakfast and then return to our room as it is bucketing down. Around 11.15 we think we may as well go and have a coffee. A couple of places aren’t open yet but we find a restaurant that will serve us coffee. We are the only people there. We order 2 capuchinos and enjoy their warmth. The rain does seem to be easing so Phil pays the bill, a whopping CLP8,200 or nearly A$18 -...

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Sep 25, 2018 - Vinapu, Orongo, Motu Nui, Akavi, Rano Kau, Ana Te Pahu

This morning we wake and the weather is not good. It's raining as forecast. We have two half day tours booked today. First we meet at the Mahinataur office and head to the end of the airport runway to see the main ahu called Vinapu, which has six fallen statues face down with three of the pukao that topped them. Its orientation, as in many other platforms on the island, is related to the position of the stars, and in this case it is directed east of the winter solstice. The ahu itself is the nicest on the island and shows perfect...

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Sep 24, 2018 - Rango Raku, Tongariki, Te Pito Kura, Anakena Beach

Today we are going on an, all day tour, of Easter Island. We leave Hanga Roa and our first stop is Rango Raraku. This is the quarry for the volcanic rock that the moai are carved from, sometime between the 13th and 16th centuries. The carvers worked at the top of the quarry using flint stone to carve as there was no metal on the island. They would carve some of the moai shape and then slide them down the slope of the extinct volcano and finish the carving before raising them to the upright position. The eye sockets were the always the last...

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Sep 23, 2018 - Santiago to Easter Island

Today we are off to Easter Island for 3 nights. We order an Uber and as it is still only 7am the streets are not yet blocked off for the bike riding, so we get picked up outside our door. Checkin is okay although they do not have the seats that Phil booked on line, seems like they have changed the type of plane so we get a window and middle seat. There is no gate mentioned on the boarding pass so we think it is still being worked out and head off down to the domnestic terminal. We see a staff member near the departures screen and ask her...

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Feb 1, 2017 - Easter Island

Tuesday 24th January 2017. Callao. Peru. Callao is the port town next to Lima ,which is the capital and along the coast a bit. It is not safe to venture into Callao and the port is mainly a container terminal so Fred Olson provides a shuttle bus into Miraflores which is the upmarket area of Lima. It is a 45 minute journey and we are dropped at the Marriott Hotel. The city is unremarkable with lots of traffic and people. We wander around the shops for a few hours in the heat . I buy some sandles and a map of South America . Cheryl looks at...

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May 29, 2016 - Easter Island

A later start today is rainy and cold, some work on the blog and checked a few emails, then it is some breakfast and checking a few more emails. Out walking about the town and the weather starts to clear, so I get another car to head out checking out Rano Raraku also known as the nursery it is the quarry where the moai were cut from, wow what a place just to walk around seeing all the heads, some are still in the rock where they were being cut. Was a very strong wind coming up the side of the mountain from the ocean and it was cold, LOL...

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May 28, 2016 - Hanga Roa

The day starts off early before it is light out with a drive to Ahu Tongariki on the north east shore to watch the sun rise with 15 giant heads, not a lot of people there maybe 50 to 75, was not a great sunrise but nice to get some early morning pictures. Then a drive back to Hang Roa some breakfast and to the only gas station on the island to fill the tank of the rental car before turning it back in. It is a cloudy day so spend it checking out the sights around town, to the museum and past the cementerio, A nice lunch and just a kick back...

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May 27, 2016 - Rapa Nui (Easter Island)

Got on line but internet here on the Island is very hit or miss and very slow so will not be any pictures until I get to Santiago, Breakfast at the hotel and it is a nice day so I am off and get a car for the day, and head off exploring the island starting out with getting my ticket for the national park at 60.00 dollars US, a drive to the south western tip of the island and Rano Kau crater, this is a extinct volcano with the center filled with water forming a bog of floating totora reeds very interesting sight, on the rim is Orongo a...

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May 26, 2016 - And on to Easter Island

Got on the plane leaving Lima to Santiago on time but something was wrong so we set on the plane a hour waiting to fix the problem, then we are off for a 2 hour 40 minute flight to Santiago. The clock on the plane said it was a two difference in time between Lima and Santiago so when the plane landed In Santiago I had 30 minutes to go through Chile Immigration, get my checked bag and go through customs, recheck my bag, and go back through security for my next flight to Easter Island, so with the help of a airport worker I was moving fast...

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Mar 14, 2016 - arrive in Easter Island

We got up long before dawn to go to the airport for the flight to Easter Island. Luis warned us that punctuality and the value we place on time is an alien concept here. Before we even left Santiago, he was proved right. The check in lines for LAN, the national carrier were huge and the lines for security equally so, but no need to worry. The flight was an hour late; no explanation given. Then we flew six long hours to the island, supposedly the most remote inhabited spot in the world. I thought they belong to Chile because of some long ago...

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Sep 26, 2015 - Question of the day: Are there bodies under those heads??

Saturday. Breakfast at 8am again; made sandwiches for dinner this time. Pick up at 9:15 for the full day tour. It was pouring rain when we woke up but had settled into a light drizzle by the time we headed up for breakfast and the mostly stopped when the guide arrived. Today we have John as our guide; he's a young (late twenties) Rapa Nui. The van was full but we were the only english speakers. There was a honeymooning Italian couple, a couple from Spain, a man & his mom & grandma (?-we made that up) from Brazil and a number of other...

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Sep 25, 2015 - More than you ever wanted to know about moai!

Friday Breakfast at 8am to be ready for our pick up at 9:15am. This is just the beginning of the season for them here so the hotel is not very full--we were the first, and only, ones at breakfast for 1/2 hour. Our guide, Natalia, picked us up with a van (driven by Juan) already half full and we had to pick up a few more people too. We had a mostly full van by the time we went to our first stop. This is a 3 hour morning tour, a 2 hour break for lunch on our own and then a 3 hour afternoon tour. This tour has both english and spanish...

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