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... won’t be a resolution until April 8th, two weeks from now—just after Easter, I suppose. In the meantime the sacred sites will stay closed, at least until Tuesday, two days after I leave. A long way to come to not see most of what I most wanted to see.
Erity continued, “Today the Chilean Interior Ministry requested that the Rapanui open the national park, to which we did not agree. We then got into a human rights discussion, ...
... which is only 160 sq.Km, all of which are now extinct, hopefully!
There is a lot of debate as to when the island was first inhabited (possibly as early as 800AD) and there is even more debate as to how the Moai were moved across the island (some that were erected were upto 10m tall and weighed over 80 tons and there is one in Ranu Raruku, the Quarry, that was in the process of being carved, before it was abandoned, that would have been over 21m tall and would weigh ...
I had another really good day with Rey and Andrea today. We met for our dive at 9am, and it was my least favorite dive of the three, but still pretty awesome. We went to a site called La Catedral and we had a bigger group today of five divers and the two dive masters. There was also another dive company at the same site when we arrived, so the water was pretty busy. This was the only thing I didn’t like about this dive.
We saw some ...
... to) everyone else, so the main crime is bumping your car into a 'wild' horse (unless you are at fault, then its a prized horse)...give them a chance to prove their ancesterial adventure spirit and you quickly learn this laid back nature is only on the surface. As only 100 years ago the bird man challenge saw men climbing bare handed down 300m cliffs into open water...to swim to a nearby island...climb that cliff...collect a bird egg while fighting off other contestants...to ...
... Moai that had been restored as well as the quarry where they were carved. Hopefully the pictures give you an idea of the size of these statues, the largest to make it out of the quarry was 9.5m tall but there is one that was never finished measuring over 20m! The majority of the Moai were constructed between 1200 and 1600 (over 1,000 in total) and it is believed that they were manoeuvred many kilometres ...