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// SEPTEMBER 2015
Go, on va,
Thessaloniki
Istanbul
Singapore
Auckland
Rotorua
Napier
Auckland
Rarotonga
Rarotonga
Aitutaki
Rarotonga
Papeete
Bora Bora
Mo'orea
Tahiti
Papeete
Easter Island
Santiago de Chile
Puerto Varas
Valdivia
Santiago de Chile
Buenos Aires
Posadas
Puerto Iguazú
Foz do Iguasu
Santa Maria
Punta del Este
Montevideo
Colonia Del Sacramento
Buenos Aires
Istanbul
Thessaloniki
Hobbiton
Potaka
Taupo
Waitomo Caves
Matavera
Arorangi
Vai'are
Ma'atea
Ha'apiti
Papetō'ai
Maha'ena
Tautira
Taravao
Papeari
Puna'auia
Chiloe Island
São Miguel do Oeste
Chuy

Easter Island


22nd of September 2015
The latest model of air navigation!!!

Our flight, with Lan Airlines, lasted all night long and was done with the latest aircraft of the market, the Boeing’s Dreamliner 787. Some consider it as the “opponent awe” of the A-380 of Airbus, but in my opinion such a comparison is rather unfortunate. The two aircrafts have nothing to do with each other. The A-380 keeps awing us anytime we fly with it. And we count many flights with it, so far. About ten…

After having crossed a distance equivalent with the one third of the Pacific Ocean, we approached the most isolated island in the world:

 


The Easter Island

It is located 3.700 km away from the west shores of South America, (Chile), and 3.200km away from French Polynesia. It is one of the most difficult and most expensive, at the same time, touristic destinations.

We arrived at the island, which administratively belongs to Chile, next day at around noon. We passed the passports control, took our suitcases and then, with the voucher for our rental car in hand, we got out.


What goes round comes round!!!!

We found three people waiting for us, holding a label with my name in their hands.

It was the owner of the hotel, which was going to host us during the two days that we would stay at the island, along with his daughter and the agent of the rental car company. A small fight broke then between them, as far as who was going to take care of our transportation. We were just sitting there, watching, listening and…enjoying the whole thing!
They were fighting who was going to serve us first…

They were looking into my eyes, all the three of them, waiting for my decision. And I was just laughing and moving my hands…orchestrating, in a way, their well meant “fight”!
I was taking revenge for each time they had forgotten us and didn’t wait for us the previous days…
Eventually, there came the…Judgment of Solomon:
We took the car, followed the owner of the hotel and reached the place where we would be staying. The Hotel Yarvaikafra b&b.
We were given two bungalows in a tropical garden, next to the road which leads to Orongo. Immaculate, from every angle, our room had everything in it. I got some information as far as the opening hours of the sights, we had a coffee at our veranda with views to the Ocean and then we started our trip, so as to explore the nearest sights.


The brazier of the witch…and the energy fields!!!

Almost the whole island is an archaeological park and under the protection of UNESCO

First stop: Rano Kauthe lake of the crater (the first on of the three that the island has). We got off the car, climbed up a few steps and there we were.



Nothing can ever prepare you for something like that.

A crater dug into the mountain, with verdant walls, in all the shades of green. At the far end of it, beyond the mountain, predominant was the ocean blue and we could see the line of the horizon in the depth. Within the crater there was a lake with the brightest blue I have ever seen, mixed with gray and green. In its waters there were mosses and lichens and whatever else one may imagine.

It was exactly like a brazier of a witch, like our tour guide was describing…while the legend has it that this lake has no bottom and reaches to the very core of the Earth.

This huge caldron has a climatic mini system, which is quite warmer than the one the rest of the island has.

A warm sun was hiding playfully behind the clouds and kept changing the colors around us a thousand times…

I was bewitched…I had read about the energy fields and the very specific and unusual atmosphere of the island, but as a practical and down to earth individual (since I’m a medical doctor) I was not persuaded. The first half hour was enough for me to be once and for all persuaded. And we had not seen anything yet…


Each stop…a magic surprise!!!

Second stop the Orongo and its ancient stone village



Third stop the Ahu Vinapu with its huge boulders lined up in a way that they form a sort of  “ wall”, which reminded us of the walls in Peru.
Fourth stop the Ahu Akivi, where we saw our first 7 moai in the only place of worship, where the moai face the ocean.
We returned to Hanga Roa, which is the capital of the village, and walked under the light of the sun which was setting at the northeastern part of the village, at  Ahu Tahai.
We enjoyed an amazing sunset.
We ended up to the most beautiful part of the port, at the restaurant Haka Honu, where we ate fantastic fish with vegetables and drank beers.



23rd of September 2015
Hanga Roa ... The quarry of the … giants!!!

After a calm night, we enjoyed our breakfast at our veranda. The weather was better, with cloudiness and sunshine to exchange places and the temperature slightly lower, in comparison with the one during the previous day. After having a quick look to whatever we had read about the island, we started from the south shore towards Ahu Tongariki.

With several stops, anytime we were seeing something that was attracting our attention, we eventually arrived in the most amazing, maybe, sight: The volcano Rano Raraku, one of the most important landmarks of the Easter Island.



Rano Raraku It is known as “the quarry” where the Moai were constructed. Afterwards they were carried from there, so as to be distributed all around the island. The quarry is made of volcanic ash.

After having climbed to the edge of the crater and having seen the lake, we followed the path which was leading to the external slope of the volcano.

At Rano Raraku there are 397 Moai in several stages of construction and one has the feeling that the sculptors have left their work suddenly half complete. While you walk and all these huge statues appear in front of your eyes one after the other, some of them fallen sideways, some of them standing, some others half submerged, you feel suddenly very small and powerless in front of these giants.


Huge…mold!!!

Ahu Tongariki is the biggest ahu, the biggest stone platform of statues in the Easter Island of Chile. It is estimated that its construction took place in between 1250 and 1500 AD. The stone statues of moai had been carried away during the 20th century by a tsunami. Nevertheless, they got restored during the decade of 1990 with the assistance of the University of Chile. Today there are fifteen moai in the island. Amongst them there is also one which weighs 86 tons and is the largest that has ever been raised up in Ahu Tongariki.



Ahu Tongariki is considered the most beautiful spot in the island if you want to watch the sunrise and so we had arranged to wake up very early next morning, to visit it on time. After taking some photos, we continued towards the north shore of the island and towards  Anakenathe most beautiful beach, with white sand made of corals.

The weather, though, kept being cloudy and more over there was a chilly wind blowing. So, therefore, we missed our last chance for swimming in the island and returned to our hotel to enjoy the sunset.
In the evening, at Haka Honu Restaurant again, we tried fresh fish and the very popular, all over Latin America, “pisco sour”.
We didn’t return late to the hotel, since the next morning we should have to wake up very early.   

 

 

Country: New Zealand
Date: 2015
Route: Around the world
Cities: Thessaloniki, Istanbul, Singapore, Auckland, Rotorua, Napier, Auckland, Rarotonga, Rarotonga, Aitutaki, Rarotonga, Papeete, Bora Bora, Mo'orea, Tahiti, Papeete, Easter Island, Santiago de Chile , Puerto Varas, Valdivia, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Posadas, Puerto Iguazú, Foz do Iguasu, Santa Maria, Brasil, Punta del Este, Montevideo, Colonia Del Sacramento, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, Thessaloniki
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Country: New Zealand
Date: 2015
Route: Around the world
Cities: Thessaloniki, Istanbul, Singapore, Auckland, Rotorua, Napier, Auckland, Rarotonga, Rarotonga, Aitutaki, Rarotonga, Papeete, Bora Bora, Mo'orea, Tahiti, Papeete, Easter Island, Santiago de Chile , Puerto Varas, Valdivia, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Posadas, Puerto Iguazú, Foz do Iguasu, Santa Maria, Brasil, Punta del Este, Montevideo, Colonia Del Sacramento, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, Thessaloniki
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Country: New Zealand
Date: 2015
Route: Around the world
Cities: Thessaloniki, Istanbul, Singapore, Auckland, Rotorua, Napier, Auckland, Rarotonga, Rarotonga, Aitutaki, Rarotonga, Papeete, Bora Bora, Mo'orea, Tahiti, Papeete, Easter Island, Santiago de Chile , Puerto Varas, Valdivia, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Posadas, Puerto Iguazú, Foz do Iguasu, Santa Maria, Brasil, Punta del Este, Montevideo, Colonia Del Sacramento, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, Thessaloniki
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