Friday, April 25, 2014

#ByaheTayo with Rinell Banda at RAPA NUI Chile

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Dear Travelers,

I went to the most remote inhabited islands in the world Easter Island - "Rapa Nui". A society of Polynesian origin that settled there A.D. 300 established a powerful, imaginative and original tradition of monumental sculpture and architecture, free from any external infulence.

Easter Island (Spanish: Isla de Pascua) is a Polynesian island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, at the southeasternmost point of the Polynesian Triangle. Easter Island is famous for its 887 extant monumental statues, called moai, created by early Rapa Nui people. In 1995, UNESCO named Easter Island a World Heritage Site, with much of the island protected within Rapa Nui National Park.

The best known aspect of the Rapa Nui culture is the moai. The moai were believed to be the living faces of ancestors and had all been toppled by 1868. The moai rest on large stone platforms called ahu, the most famous of which are Ahu Tongariki, the largest ahu, and Ahu Vinapu, an ahu theorized to have been built by Incan Tupac Yupanqui. Some moai have hats of red volcanic stone known asPukao. Currently, the Rapa Nui and the Chilean government are focused on preserving and restoring the statues including denoting an area that includes many of the statues, Rapa Nui National Park, as a World Heritage site.

Anakena is a white coral sand beach in Rapa Nui National Park. Anakena has two ahus, Ahu-Ature has single moai and Ahu Nao-Nao has seven, two of which are deteriorated. It also has a palm grove and a car park. Anakena is unusual for Easter Island in that it is one of only two small sandy beaches in an otherwise rocky coastline.

Rinell Banda
Pinoy Globetrotter