Caves, Waves and Campsite Raves

Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
Trip End Feb 26, 2011

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

We woke up to the usual heavenly noises of the large waves breaking across the rocks in front of the tent for our last day full day in Easter Island. We had a slightly different breakfast this morning as we had ..... breakfast, well we shared a yogurt. We bought some more sun cream as we were nearly out and headed off to see a few monuments we had left behind the other day and some we just had to see again. So we saw some holy sites with stone carvings, some more Moai and then predictably back to the beach. We had another great few hours there but lost our shade after about 2. Thankfully the people who squeezed in between us and the tree nearly got hit on the head by a falling coconut, shame, we would have got closer but would have felt stupid wearing our motorbike helmets on the beach.

We then went for a bit of a walk around the headland where we found a guy fully dressed soaked to the skin drinking a beer. He had no teeth and seemed like a bit of an odd ball. As Erica was taking a picture he sneaked up behind her and grabbed her shouting nearly making Erica throw the camera into the water (that wouldn't have been the first time). It was all a little bit odd and we were glad this hasn’t happened too many times. I did however get chased by a man with a machete who was running a butchery from the back of his jeep, I took a photo and he ran at me with his machete, we were both in hysterics (obviously this was a joke but I didn’t know that at the time).

When the lady got too hot and had no shade anymore we headed back to the campsite and starting trying to plan the remainder of our route home. On the way we stopped off at a cave which still has cave paintings dating back hundreds of years. The images were of canoes and sea birds in red ochre.  Well this journey throws up all kinds of surprises doesn’t it, we were always imagining we would complete the whole of Central America, obviously time has got the better of us so we had kind of settled for maybe just flying from Colombia to Guatemala or Belize, we were pretty much gobsmacked at the cheapest route and when I say cheapest it is half the price of either a direct flight or a flight via San Salvador or Panama. Anyway I’m sure all will be revealed in due course.

The couple who we have befriended from Ormskirk approached and suggested they wouldn’t mind having a bit of a drink of red wine, oh dear not a North West knees up, I cooked tea again, amazing but it was a kind of chorizo pasta dish with red wine and tomatoes, that makes a nice change. After dinner we cracked open the 1.5L bricks of Closs (at a cost of about 3.50 each) and chatted and laughed and watched the amazing sunset for one last time. We even managed to set up a campsite book exchange as we are desperate to offload books for things we haven’t read. We ended up with  a really interesting number about the last 10,000 years of evolution of mankind.

Before we knew it it was 1am and as we were leaving the next day we needed to ensure we tried to drink LAN dry after missing free drinking time through the night on the way here. Also the opportunity to watch films and things – we couldn’t wait. We decided to call it a night but I just couldn’t get to sleep due to the rest of the campsite ravers who kept the party going till 5:15am. I already knew I was going to be knackered tomorrow.
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