Rano Kau

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  • Day47

    Osterinsel - Inselrundfahrt

    February 21, 2017 in Chile ⋅

    Heute begann unser Tag ein bisschen ungewiss . Wir hatten zwar die Nummer von einem Typ der unsere Essensfreunde am Vortag gefahren hatte aber der hat sich auf unsere Nachricht nicht gemeldet. Also sind wir mal zum Pier gefahren und haben nach anderen Taxis Ausschau gehalten.
    Um 11 Uhr stand dann jedoch dieser Typ (Name: Tongariki) da der uns auch gesucht hat und wir starten mit seinem Pickup los.
    Leider mussten wir uns mit Händen und Füßen verständigen da er kein englisch gesprochen hat und unser spanisch und französisch auch etwas eingerostet ist. 😂😂

    Nach einer 40 minütigen Fahrt über die wunderschön grüne und idyllische Insel besuchten wir als erstes den inaktiven Vulkan Rano Raraku. Rund im den Vulkan waren sehr viele Moai zu sehen. Dort ist auch die "Moai-Fabrik", die Statuen wurden dort aus dem Stein des Vulkans gefertigt.
    Wir sind auch zum Krater gewandert der innen einen See beherbergt. Von dort oben hatten wir eine wunderschöne Aussicht.

    10 Minuten vom Vulkan entfernt besichtigten wir die Tongariki Statuen. Ja, unser Fahrer hieß genauso. 😁
    Diese 15 aneinandergereiht Statuen waren sehr beeindruckend und wirklich schön anzusehen mit dem Meer direkt dahinter.
    Leider sind diese Figuren in den 60iger Jahren von einem Tsunami ins Landesinnere gespült worden. Aber die Japaner haben ein bisschen Kleingeld in die Hand genommen und diese wieder aufstellen lassen. 😂

    Uns war schon ziemlich heiß und deshalb haben wir uns auf unseren nächsten Stop besonders gefreut: Anakena Beach 😄😄
    Dort angekommen sind wir direkt zum Wasser und haben dort die Zeit genossen. Ich glaube die Fotos sagen mehr als 1000 Worte.
    Ein wirklich schöner aber auch anstrengender Tag. 😊😊
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  • Day3

    Île de Pâques, site de Rano Raraku

    March 2, 2017 in Chile ⋅

    Rano Raraku est la carrière où étaient sculptés les corps des moaïs. Ce lieu est vraiment impressionnant et touchant. Le travail des sculpteurs a été arrêté brutalement. 400 moaïs inachevés ou en cours de "déplacement" sont encore sur place.

    Les Pukau (coiffes cylindriques rouges) étaient sculptés dans une autre carrière (Puna Pau) à 12km de cet endroit.Read more

  • Day3

    Les moaïs sont des statues de pierre. Ils ont été construits par les Rapa Nuis il y a très longtemps. Les moaïs ne regardent pas la mer sauf 7 d'entre eux.

    Voici la légende des 7 moaïs qui regardent la mer : Un jour un jeune Rapa Nui dit avoir fait un songe à l'époque où son peuple habitait sur l'île de Hiva en Polynésie française. Son songe lui avait révélé que s'il suivait certaines étoiles il découvrirait une île où son peuple serait en sécurité, alors que Hiva menaçait d'être submergée par les eaux. Il partit donc avec 6 hommes, des animaux et des graines sur une pirogue. Ils ramèrent plusieurs mois pour enfin arriver sur l'île de Pâques, puis ils repartirent chercher les autres Rapa Nuis. Voilà ce que symbolisent les 7 moaïs qui regardent la mer.

    On dit que dans chaque moaï se cache l'âme de la personne représentée. Pendant longtemps, il  y a eu 15 clans de Rapa Nuis sur l'île de Pâques. Chaque chef de clans avait son moaï. Ils n'arrêtaient pas de se faire la guerre.

    Certains moaïs ont encore leurs chapeaux.

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  • Day77

    Ahu Tonga Riki sunrise

    December 15, 2017 in Chile ⋅

    We had been told that the sunrise at Ahu Tonga Riki was fantastic, so we woke up at 6:30 am and drove to the Eastern edge of the island some 25 kms away. We arrived at 7:30 am just before sunrise. There were quite a few other people there but it was cloudy. We walked around the marked area and saw some petroglyphs and a lying down moai.

    Ahu Tongariki is the largest ahu on Easter Island. Its moai were toppled during the island's civil wars and in the twentieth century the ahu was swept inland by a tsunami. It has since been restored and has fifteen moai, including an 86 tonne moai that was the heaviest ever erected on the island. All the moai here face sunset during Summer Solstice.
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  • Day77

    Rano Raraku

    December 15, 2017 in Chile ⋅

    Rano Raraku is a volcanic crater formed of consolidated volcanic ash, or tuff, and located on the lower slopes of Terevaka in the Rapa Nui National Park on Easter Island in Chile. It was a quarry for about 500 years until the early eighteenth century, and supplied the stone from which about 95% of the island's known monolithic sculptures (moai) were carved. Rano Raraku is a visual record of moai design vocabulary and technological innovation, where 397 moai remain. Rano Raraku is in the World Heritage Site of Rapa Nui National Park and gives its name to one of the seven sections of the park.
    We reached there at about 8 am. The vehicle barrier was closed and there was no board or sign informing about when they would open. We needed to return the car by 10 am so didn't have the time to wait. We parked the car outside the barrier and walked in. There were a few other vehicles waiting there. Some of them decided to follow us in 😉
    Inside, we crossed another barrier and a wicker gate and went in. The hillside had a number of moais spread all over and they looked very mystic in the overcast sky and the extreme silence of the morning with no one else around.
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  • Day77

    Incomplete moai in the quarry

    December 15, 2017 in Chile ⋅

    There were 2 quarries on the outside of the crater.

    The incomplete statues in the quarry are remarkable both for their number, for the inaccessibility of some that were high on the outside crater wall and for the size of the largest; at 21.6 m (71 feet) in height, almost twice that of any moai ever completed and weighing an estimated 270 tonnes, many times the weight of any transported.

    Some of the incomplete moai seem to have been abandoned after the carvers encountered inclusions of very hard rock in the material.

    Others may be sculptures that were never intended to be separated from the rock in which they are carved.
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  • Day77

    Rano Raraku crater

    December 15, 2017 in Chile ⋅

    Tukuturi is an unusual moai. Its beard and kneeling posture distinguish it from standard moai.

    The peculiar posture of this statue is well known on Easter Island and is called tuku turi or simply tuku. It was the posture used by the men and women who formed the chorus in the festivals called riu, where the posture was known as tuku riu. Typical also of the singers was the slightly backward inclination of the trunk, the raised head, and the goatee, all also seen in the statue.

    The sides of Rano Raraku crater are high and steep except on the north and northwest, where they are much lower and gently sloping. The interior contains one of the island's three freshwater crater lakes, which is bordered by nga'atu or totora reeds. These plants, once thought as evidence of contact with the South American mainland, are now known to have been growing on the island for at least 30,000 years and were used by the Rapa Nui for thatched shelter and swimming aids.

    When we were walking towards the crater track, the guards came amd saw us and the rest of the people inside. I guess they were incensed and started honking the horn of their vehicle to catch our attention. We didn't want to miss out on the crater so we ignored it and continued our climb to the edge of the crater. We spent about 10 min there before returning back to the entrance. The park was still not opened. We were questioned by the guards. Ome of them was quite angry but the seniormost was pretty cool about it. He just told the other guard to check our pictures and if nothing damaging found, to let us go. They checked our pictures and of course we had obeyed all the rules except the entrance in not allowed timings so we were let go. 😁
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  • Day81

    Easter Island - Tongariki

    November 15, 2016 in Chile ⋅

    Easter Island is famous for its 887 extant monumental statues called "Moai". The average height of the "Moai" is about 4m high with a usual weight of around 12.5 tonnes each.

    Tongaraki is the largest stone plattform "Ahu" on Easter Island with 15 "Moai" standing in one line facing inland. After a tsunami swept them inland, the platform has been restored, including an 86 tonne "Moai" that was the haviest ever erected on the island.Read more

  • Day76

    Back to Hanga Roa

    December 14, 2017 in Chile ⋅

    We were at the opposite end of the island (North East) from Hanga Roa where we had booked a place in the local singing and dance show at 7:30 pm. The show was to start at 9 pm but our host had told us that it generally gets very crowded and we should all leave together at 7:30 pm to get good places. We even had got a discount on the entrance due to him booking the places. We got the tickets at 10000 CLP per person while the actual price of the tickets in the town were from 15-20000 CLP.
    We decided to skip all the points on the South coast of the island and to return next day early morning and see them before we return the vehicle at 11 am. On the way back, we passed the volcano of Rano Raraku and the Ahu of Tonga Riki.
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