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Trip Start Nov 28, 2011
Trip End Apr 09, 2013

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Camping Tipanie Moana Easter Island
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of Chile  , Valparaíso,
Thursday, July 19, 2012

The next morning we woke up after a surprisingly good in our sleeping bags and on our sleeping mats. The tent is really cosy and it just fit 2 people with some veeeery little storage possibilities. but definitely enough for us! We went out of the tent and after a nice breakfast, we decided to hire bikes for a trip around the Island. It would be a track of about 40 km alongside the south and east coast, and our way back would gave us a tropical beach to relax and a great insight in the local flora.

As set out in the prolog, the coast-line was the center of the ceremonials and domain of the high-ranked people. On our way along the coast, we found many AHU's, (ceremonial place to worship the ancestors). Most of these sacred places are not more than a bunch of stones, gathered together and once it would have been magnificent but now it seems a bit un-organized. Time, weather and lack of maintenance throughout the last centuries have left their marks.

Yet there are incredibly beautiful other places, like Tongariki, Ankena, Tahai and Hanga Te'e still have the MOAI's standing on their AHU and this is really extra-ordanary. Especially the 15 MOAI's standing at Tongariki is magnificent! But also the MOAI's at the beautiful white sanded beach with beautiful big palm trees, Anakena hey call the site, is a masterpiece. The MOAI's over here seem to be finished with much more love to detail than the rest, just astonishing! On our way back we first had to climb a mountain, in terms of bicyclers, a category 1, but then we just could gravity do his job..... and in this case it was an advantage for Jorgen.......

Back in town, we delivered the bikes at the shop and prepared our dinner. After our dinner we went out to see a little bit of the Rapa Nui's nightlife.

First we visited a dance show of the locals at Kari Kari. What a nice surprise and such great dancers! We saw all kind of traditional dances, beautiful love dances but also the Haka and the war dance, really intimidating! Beautiful dresses, incredible moves, talented musicians and lovely songs were enjoyed. When the public what invited to join Benjamin was dancing as well, as he stayed with us, and showed us his moves (he and Jenny danced together at Kari Kari, 15 years ago ;)

After the show we went to a local place with bar dance floor and there we had a drink together with Jenny & Benjamin, the owners of our place, and Geraldine. We really enjoyed this local bar where there was again a group of dancers (male) returning from a dance and now just doing it for fun. They started to show their best moves..... and Maria who was picked by those, had the luck to dance with them.... twice!
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