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Chile & Easter Island

a travelogue of a trip to Chile during November 2005, encompassing visits to Santiago, Rapa Nui (Easter Island), the northern lake district around Pucon, the central valley, and the Pacific coast at Curanipe, Pichilemu, and Isla Negra. These photos were made with an Olympus C-5060 Wide Zoom (first use of a digital compact). There are more Easter Island images in a second gallery named 'Travel with film 2', and also a few in the 'Infrared' gallery.
city central...
city central...
rendezvous
rendezvous
Mapoche
Mapoche
criss-cross
criss-cross
neighbours
neighbours
sauntering...
sauntering...
downtown
downtown
a colonial relic on C. Santa Lucia
a colonial relic on C. Santa Lucia
cafe..
cafe..
fairy princess
fairy princess
don't walk on the grass...or...
don't walk on the grass...or...
colour-coordinated at the ice cream parlour
colour-coordinated at the ice cream parlour
Easter Island, Isla de Pascua, Rapa Nui......at last
Easter Island, Isla de Pascua, Rapa Nui......at last
Hanga Roa from the road to Orongo
Hanga Roa from the road to Orongo
Hanga Roa from Tahai
Hanga Roa from Tahai
Atamu Tekena
Atamu Tekena
at the Hotel Orongo.....
at the Hotel Orongo.....
The ceremonial centre at Tahai......
The ceremonial centre at Tahai......
...where the statue's eyes have been restored, like the originals, from white coral and obsidian
...where the statue's eyes have been restored, like the originals, from white coral and obsidian
old stones...recent bones
old stones...recent bones
toppled Moai at Ahu Akahanga.....
toppled Moai at Ahu Akahanga.....
...a tumbled topknot at Ahu Akahanga
...a tumbled topknot at Ahu Akahanga
further along the jagged east coast sits Ahu Tongariki.....
further along the jagged east coast sits Ahu Tongariki.....
...the platform with the longest lineup of stone images
...the platform with the longest lineup of stone images
the quarry for many of the Moai...a volcanic crater..
the quarry for many of the Moai...a volcanic crater..
...where wind, rain, and lichen ravaged faces stick out of the earth like a cluster of startled mushrooms.....
...where wind, rain, and lichen ravaged faces stick out of the earth like a cluster of startled mushrooms.....
...staring a bit forlornly across the centuries
...staring a bit forlornly across the centuries
even with bodies partially buried the Moai are huge.....
even with bodies partially buried the Moai are huge.....
...and display a dignity befitting a clan icon
...and display a dignity befitting a clan icon
you can take a steep path up to the top of the crater.....
you can take a steep path up to the top of the crater.....
...where reeds grow in a rain-filled lake
...where reeds grow in a rain-filled lake
out for an early walk by the harbour in Hanga Roa.....
out for an early walk by the harbour in Hanga Roa.....
...where the fishing fleet floats at anchor
...where the fishing fleet floats at anchor
local children have the day off school.....
local children have the day off school.....
...for a festival celebrating Rapa Nui culture
...for a festival celebrating Rapa Nui culture
the nearest internet cafe is still closed.....
the nearest internet cafe is still closed.....
...but you can get supplies at the market.....
...but you can get supplies at the market.....
...before visiting the extensive site at Orongo.....
...before visiting the extensive site at Orongo.....
...which is located on the rim of Rano Kau.....
...which is located on the rim of Rano Kau.....
...one of 3 volcanos that spewed up the lava from which the island is formed...
...one of 3 volcanos that spewed up the lava from which the island is formed...
stone huts used during the ancient Birdman festival.....
stone huts used during the ancient Birdman festival.....
...competitors swam out to gather eggs from nearby islands.....
...competitors swam out to gather eggs from nearby islands.....
...and artists carved out ceremonial images on the lava rocks.....
...and artists carved out ceremonial images on the lava rocks.....
some petroglyphs have clear Birdman figures.....
some petroglyphs have clear Birdman figures.....
...others are a little harder to identify
...others are a little harder to identify
at the north end of the island is the lovely Anakena Beach.....
at the north end of the island is the lovely Anakena Beach.....
...which one morning became a set for a television crew
...which one morning became a set for a television crew
NBC were broadcasting live from Isla de Pascua.....
NBC were broadcasting live from Isla de Pascua.....
...highlighting traditional Rapa Nui culture.....
...highlighting traditional Rapa Nui culture.....
...with help from some island residents
...with help from some island residents
they even put new eyes in the moai of Ahu Nau Nau
they even put new eyes in the moai of Ahu Nau Nau
all of this was for the program named.....
all of this was for the program named.....
...Where in the World Is Matt Lauer?
...Where in the World Is Matt Lauer?
November is springtime on Rapa Nui, and flowers bloomed everywhere.....
November is springtime on Rapa Nui, and flowers bloomed everywhere.....
...including this exuberant looking specimen.....
...including this exuberant looking specimen.....
banana trees poking out of Ipu Maengo cave.....
banana trees poking out of Ipu Maengo cave.....
the road on west and south is quite rough.....
the road on west and south is quite rough.....
...so when Hanga Roa finally hoves into view.....
...so when Hanga Roa finally hoves into view.....
..it's time for a square meal
..it's time for a square meal
...at a cafe in the centre of town, together with an old friend.....
...at a cafe in the centre of town, together with an old friend.....
...who can pop up, clutching a Pisco Sour, just about anywhere
...who can pop up, clutching a Pisco Sour, just about anywhere
Rapa Nui does feel like it's in the middle of nowhere.....
Rapa Nui does feel like it's in the middle of nowhere.....
...but over eight days it's a fascinating place to visit.....
...but over eight days it's a fascinating place to visit.....
...especially if you remembered to pack your inflatable Stratocaster
...especially if you remembered to pack your inflatable Stratocaster
taking off from Mataveri airport for the trip back to mainland Chile
taking off from Mataveri airport for the trip back to mainland Chile
...and passing briefly through Santiago, then south to.....
...and passing briefly through Santiago, then south to.....
...the town of Pucon, in the Lake District
...the town of Pucon, in the Lake District
...also a region of volcanos, like the mighty Villarica
...also a region of volcanos, like the mighty Villarica
an old steam engine
an old steam engine
Volcan Villarica...sleeping with the elephant
Volcan Villarica...sleeping with the elephant
shooting the rapids along the Rio Trancura
shooting the rapids along the Rio Trancura
Foto Flash
Foto Flash
the shady side of the street
the shady side of the street
anarchy
anarchy
north of Los Angeles the Rio Laja drops over an escarpment.....
north of Los Angeles the Rio Laja drops over an escarpment.....
...forming a waterfall known as Salto Del Laja
...forming a waterfall known as Salto Del Laja
a well stocked general store  in Curanipe
a well stocked general store in Curanipe
the huge mercado in Chillan
the huge mercado in Chillan
for some Pichilemu is a surfing town.....
for some Pichilemu is a surfing town.....
...for others it's home, and a fishing town.....
...for others it's home, and a fishing town.....
...and for others a place to collect seaweed from the rocks
...and for others a place to collect seaweed from the rocks
a brave little girl checks out the tourists.....
a brave little girl checks out the tourists.....
...then the tourists check out a bakery
...then the tourists check out a bakery
alpaca meadow..
alpaca meadow..
a stop in Isla Negra.....
a stop in Isla Negra.....
 the tomb of the great poet Pablo Neruda.....
the tomb of the great poet Pablo Neruda.....
...on a lovely Pacific beach
...on a lovely Pacific beach
at  Neruda's tomb
at Neruda's tomb