For me, Easter Island is one of the rarest and most fantastic places on earth.
Hundreds of giant stone statues bear witness to the eternity of one the most extraordinary civilisations the world has ever known.
I must admit to being a big fan of ancient civilisations, and for me, Easter Island is the one that most fascinates me. It is one of the remotest places on earth, being more distant from another inhabited land than almost any other.
Rapa Nui (Easter Island in the Maori language) is located in the South Pacific, 3,700 km from the Chilean coast. The island owes its name to the fact that the first European settlers arrived there on Easter day in 1772. There they saw remains of the ancient civilisation that had been left, more than 600 huge stone sculptures called Moais, some of which are over 10 metres high.
Very little is really known for sure about where the first inhabitants of Easter Island originally came from, or why they decided to move there, or whether they had contact with foreign countries, and what was really the reason behind building these great stone monuments?
In addition, how did they manage to transport the huge blocks of stone the considerable distance from where they were created to where they stand today? This island is an open air museum. Analyse and try to guess the story of how this civilisation disappeared, something which to me seems very important. This civilisation, which was very advanced, managed to literally exhaust all the resources on the island in their eagerness to want to build more and more statues, each time making them bigger than the previous ones. In there desire to produce more and more statues, this civilisation destroyed itself in the following way: Only one species of tree was found on the island, along with thousands of inhabitants
Without trees, canoes could not be constructed so fishing was impossible, while increased soil erosion meant crop yields were less and less profitable. Combined together, these factors ultimately brought the population to famine. After exhausting all resources, wars took place within the community, which even resulted in the destruction of some of the statues. This can be seen as a small demonstration of what man kind knows today as the end of planet earth. But this very same civilisation which almost self destructed, managed to retrieve the necessary resources to stabilise and keep creating the myth of the "bird man". A message of hope for all of us, inhabitants of planet earth...
Patagonia in all seasons menu. For example, according to the climate, from Bariloche, in Patagonia Argentina, it is possible to go to Puerto Montt, in Chile, crossing successively three lakes by boat, as did the Jesuits and the first German settlers. I offer a tour that leads to the Pacific Ocean. It is quite long, but the beauty of the sites - forests, volcanoes and crystalline lakes - is such that it is worth to be carried. The Argentine side, cross the west arm of Nahuel Huapi and Lake Puerto Alegre and, the chilen side, Lake Todos los Santos. Moving from one lake to another by bus. This tour is feasible in all seasons, but in winter, it takes two days to reach Puerto Montt, stopping for one night at Peulla. We returned to Bariloche by air or by the same way, after a night in Puerto Montt. Borispatagonia is also responsible for visas to go to Chile and to book hotels. In Patagonia, winter and summer are tourist seasons. In summer, besides explore the surrounding, many activities are available: climbing, torrent fishing, sailing, horseback riding, hiking, rides, visits to Aciendas... In winter, the main activity is, of course, skiing, especially in July and August on the side of the Andes, but not only: snowshoe hikes, thematic tours, many walks to admire the beauty of Patagonia Argentina and Chile in this season, due a unique light, the warmth of the people of Patagonia... Just to talk about, I get goose bumps!