The most remote island on Earth...SMASH!!!
Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
371Trip End Feb 26, 2011
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Finally the sun came up (wow even the sun is laid back here) at about 8.30am and the Pacific Ocean was about 10m from our tent – we could look out over the sea knowing that there was nothing for more than 2000 Kilometres. Bliss. We walked in to town to get some money and have an explore and to see what the options regarding transport to get us around the island for the next five days were. On the road to the bank we stumbled across (not literally of course that would result in a jail sentence) our first moai Ahu Tautira (the huge monoliths that Easter Island is famous for). We were very excited as we had seen so many photographs but to have the real thing staring down at you as you stood in its’ shadow was incredible. We enquired at a few bike rental places and discovered that after a bit of bartering that we could hire a quad bike for the same price as the standard hire of a couple of bicycles. Decision made, we signed up after Andrew showed his credentials (his International Driving License of course – I’m not sure the Wicked Campers naked free day offer would work here) and we drove back to the campsite to get a bag together for our day of sightseeing.
Our first stop was Rano Kau Crater and Orongo ceremonial village in the far south of the island
The village was the site of the famous 'Birdman Cult’ and consists of 53 restored stone houses with tiny crawl through doors that cling on to the side of the cliffs. The Birdman Cult was a religion that flourished in the 18/19th centuries and an important part of it was a competition each year to crown the ‘Birdman’
We made our way back to the town and then visited the moai that stand on its’ periphery. Some of the monoliths have been restored whilst others lie in differing states of repair having fallen foul of tsunami’s and civil war. They really are awe inspiring and you begin to wonder about the culture that created them, why they were made, how they transported them (some were up to 10m tall and 12 tonnes) and why were so many left, completed in the quarry. We saw the only intact moai, Ahu Ko Te Riku who has coral eyes and a red topknot – understandably the most photographed moai on the island. It was now 6pm so we got back to town and bought a few things for dinner – no surprises – pasta, onion, garlic, pasta sauce, choritzo and red wine.
Andrew cooked while I washed up and wrote some of the blog. We were still filthy from the day on the quad – the roads here are so dusty (Well the dirt tracks for the most part today so I dont think they fit in the 'dusty road' catagory) that it was ingrained in our skin by the time we got back to the campsite. I had to wash my face at least three times and even then the towel was filthy when I dried my face. After dinner I was knackered and as soon as we went back to the tent I fell asleep – it was about 7.30pm. I remember waking up a few times and apparently there was a bit of a party going on which involved several booze runs as the party went on. In true Erica style though I managed to sleep through the whole thing and woke up 12 hours later to the sound of the waves crashing against rocks not 10m from our tent.
Andrew Edit - It had been a great day and a great introduction to Easter Island, our Polynesian stop, the sunset was just as amazing as the sunrise however Erica, was fast asleep!!