- Pierre Loti
|Playa Anakena: white sand beach with some Moais|
We spent a week of our September holidays in Isla de Pascua, Rapa Nui or Easter Island. It was a great retreat and we learnt some amazing things about the history of this tough, little island.
Rapa Nui is an isolated volcanic island located in the heart of the South Pacific, halfway between Tahiti and South America. Its first inhabitants were Polynesians who settled there in about 700AD, and whose belief systems led to the carving of the stone statues for which the island is now so famous.
|A Moai (stone statue) atop an Ahu (burial moud) in the town of Hanga Roa (only town on the island)|
We explored the island by foot, jeep and scooter and we came across archaeological caves, petroglyphs, quarries, Moai, ceremonial villages, ruins, and more. We also saw beaches, turtles, wild horses and volcanes. It was truly spectacular! We followed the Sendero Te Ara O Te Ao up the crater to the ceremonial village of Orongo with its boat-shaped houses and view of the islands.
|Rano Kau crater|
|A boat-shaped house in Orongo|
We had a fantastic holiday and we really enjoyed getting to know this unusual part of the world. Iorana!