151 - 18th June 2006 - Orongo, Ranu Kau Volcano, Trail to Ahu Tahai


The church in Hanga Roa - Note the horses outside where people have ridden to church


We named these two Rapa....


and Nui - Two stray dogs that followed us back to the hostel and would not go away


This recreation was in someones back yard


Moody skies at Orongo


The bigger island is Moto Nui - The location for the bird man event


An example of how the houses were built


A house entrance


The layout of the village


Birdman carvings


The chiefs of each tribe would swim out to Moto Nui - The first to bring back an egg of the sooty tern that nests there was declared the winner and went into solitude for a year.


Chris at Orongo crater - There's a backpack under the jacket in case you were wondering


The village was only used seasonally during the competition


Orongo Crater - Complete with rotting vegetation in the water - but quite beautiful. You can stand on the vegetation in places.


Looking out across the whole island to Poike hill on the far side - 21 miles away


Looking out to sea over the crater, it's been worn down over the years


More Birdman carvings


Chris at the crater of Rano Kau


Nice isn't it


Looking back towards the town


We walked the four kilometers back


It was a very nice walk


But a bit overgrown as it is low season and not really used much


Palm trees in a clearing


The whole island used to be rainforest


These stone constructions are called Manavai


They act as shields from the wind and catch water to aid cultivation


This plant is extinct 'in the wild' - they are trying to reintroduce it - Toromiro


The rocky coast of Easter Island


We walked from the top of that hill!


Rocky coastlines are very nice to look at though


Chris on Easter Island


Big wave!!!!


It made some great splashes


Smile and wave - geddit? Wave?


Crazy Fisherman


Splasssshhhh


Swooooosssshh


More nice waves


Nice rock tunnel


The waves were huge and began breaking about a hundred meters out from the shore


As you may be able to tell. We like it a lot


Windy day on Easter Island - and a hand sculpture


The harbour


Random Moai by the harbour


Ahu Riata


Another dog came and adopted us here - but we didn't get a photo.


Sunny day


Chris walking along the coast


More waves


Afro tree hair


Horses - The football field was over the road and this was spectators transport


The football match


The shops on the right are dive centers


So much for not sitting on the Ahus


The road into town


Imitation Moai


Quite well done but much smaller than the real thing


Carvings on the rear


Nice light


Ahu Tahai


Ahu Tahai - We came here to watch the sun set


This one has had some new eyes made - The originals were made of coral


More Ahu


All three Ahu at the site, just on the outskirts of town


We thought we were in for a superb sun set


and it lasted for a while


Then the clouds came over


and it started to rain


Pip at the Ahu


There there, a little rain won't hurt you


But squishing your head might!


Pink clouds


The cemetary