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Shame about the cockerel at 4am
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I decanted much of my luggage and dithered over what to bring. Downstairs we said more goodbyes to Stephen, Colin and Margaret, who'd kindly got up early. I looked at the breakfast but decided against the curled sandwiches. The flight was pretty full, with rather too many babies, two of whom were particularly irritating. A boy sat next to me. He …
... to Ahu Akivi, with its seven moai, I saw a group of tourists around a single moai and got so excited to see one, I turned off for a look. They are massive and you can feel their energy, all good. Through all the sites, you can see various facial features, long and short ear lobes, some with red topknot (hats), some still with carved details. It’s wild, and those that are up, are all restored.
Every single moai was pushed down, face front, by humans in ...
... it’s head.
As we travelled around the coast to Anakena beach on the opposite side to Hanga Roa the sea was much calmer. This is one of the most photographed spots on the island and is the only sandy beach. Unfortunately it wasn’t really the weather for it so we didn’t get to stay and build a sand Ahu. As well as the 7 Moai seen here there is one stood by itself which is of historical interest as it was the subject of a bet between an explorer ...
... tribe who would have to then transport the statues to their platforms. Part of their mystery is that they don't know how this was done and it is thought each tribe might have different ways of moving them across the island. The quarry was amazing. There were huge unfinished statues everywhere. Apparently there were almost 400 in there at varying stages of completion. The ones we could see were often double ...
... to get 360 views of Easter Island. All I could see was the pacific ocean from all directions - awe-inspiring! Having literally ran up and down (expected time 3 hours, my time 1 hour 35 mins!), I picked up Anj and rode from one side of the island to the other to catch the sunset again at Tahai. When changing the gears, I smelt petrol, but only realised when we got to Tahai that we were leaking loads!! After a few snaps we drove slowly back ...