152 - 19th June 2006 - A Driving Tour of Easter Island
Ahu Vinapu - Our first stop of the day
They believe that the Rapa Nui may have had a link with the Inca people - this wall is very precise
and is angled as well
This type of stone used to sit on top of the Moai statues
The rising sun brought out a face on this rock that I didn't see before
This is the birthplace of the Moai statues
They were all carved in the cliffs above and then moved up to 15 miles across the island to their Ahu platforms
The ones here are believed to be unfinished or abandoned
There are 396 moai surrounding the volcano
Steve should recognise these chaps - The one on the right is called Hinariru.
It is these two moai I really, really wanted to see. This shot is pretty much
why I came to Easter Island - hence the huge grin.
and all because of...
...this photo by Cliff Wassman which I found whilst
researching Moai heads because...
...when I was about six years old I used to play this game.
Funny how cause and effect works sometimes.
Several thousand miles just to see a few statues because of a game I used to
play over twenty years ago.
Another shot of
Some broke and were left where they fell
This one is fairly unique in that it is in a kneeling pose
Moai Tukuturi - The kneeling moai, with Ahu Tongariki in the background
If this moai had been finished it would have been the largest moai in existence (the top one)
Here you can see how they were carved from the rock face - lying down
At all sorts of angles
Pip at Raro Raraku
how the statues were taken out of the rock
Some were even carved upside down!
Carving them this way maximised the use of the rock
Walking up towards the crater
The crater of Raro Raraku - You can swim in here if you want - but it was too cold for us - and INCREDIBLY windy
Moai on the inner crater
I liked this one
So I took lots of pictures of him
This moai had a ship carved on the front and is believed to signify contact with the spaniards
Note to park rangers: I was very careful not to touch this statue - it is just clever use of angles.
This Ahu was restored - in the 60s a tsunami wave knocked them all a hundred meters inland
You can see the hand carvings quite clearly here
The whole Ahu
one of the ones which didn't make it back to the platform with rano raraku in the background
Chris and Pip at Ahu Tongariki (it's still very windy)
top knots with rano raraku in the background
Chris at Ahu Te Pito Te Kura
Ahu Te Pito Te Kura - This moai was the largest to have been stood on it's Ahu - away from the quarry
Our Suzuki Samurai
Our companion Vinicius / Vinnie - He liked to take photos of signs to remind him where he'd been
The beach at Anakena
The Ahu there
it's still very windy! so we got covered in sand.
Ahu Anakena - Restored with top knots in place
Looking towards the lands they protect
Another Ahu at the beach
The beach itself - it was incredibly cold and rainy but people were swimming!
Ahu Akivi from the back
Ahu Akivi is the only exception to the rule - These moai look out to sea
Yay we're on Easter Island
Ana Te Pahu - Entrance to the caves
Chris goes caving
Inside the cave - oooooo spooky
Banana tree at the entrance
The far end of the cave
This is what you had to climb through to get there
more inside the cave
A typical Easter Island road - Although in all honesty this one was pretty smooth