Easter Island unveiled
It is said that the Polynesians arrived in Easter island less than 2000 years ago but for the Moai to be buried to their current depth by natural means, that is by the natural accumulation of soil would take a minimum of 20,000 years.
Given the inscriptions on the Moai which seem to have no connection to any Pacific peoples and at first glance seem to be more related to places like Gobekly Tepe in Syria it seems highly unlikely that the Polynesians had anything to do with their creation and they probably invented a mythology to explain their existence.
It is thought that in the distant past that Rapanui was not just one island but a
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A remote and mysterious attraction
“Rapanui” or Easter Island is located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean about 3.700 km from the South American continent and 2 093 kms east of Pitcairn, its nearest inhabited neighbour. The regular way to get there is by a 5 hr flight from Santiago in Chile.
The 163 square km island is volcanic and the larger of a chain of islands that once existed above water until the end of the last ice age. The remote location of the island makes it an important centre for weather, oceanic and aerospatial research. The population is a mix of indiginous Polynesians, Chileans and tourists that are over-stretching the islands resources.
Myth and reality are
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Augusto Pinochet assumed power in Chile following a United States-backed coup d’état on 11 September 1973 that overthrew the elected socialist Unidad Popular government of President Salvador Allende and ended civilian rule. So while Chile has gone through a tumultuous period of violent revolution, even today there is often rioting because the current government has little interest in the welfare of the population.
As with most of South America, pickpocketing, thefts and muggings are common throughout Chile, particularly around well-known tourist sites, bus stations and areas of Santiago frequented by foreigners such as Las Condes, Vitacura and Providencia. You should pay particular attention to your belongings in popular foreign cafes, restaurants and internet cafes where there has been
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A great southern land
A curious llama
Situated along the south western region of South America, Chile is a long slender country bordered by the Pacific Ocean and the high Andes Mountains, with Peru to the north, Bolivia and Argentina to the east.
It is a land of great contrasts with a temperate desert climate in north; Mediterranean in central region; cool and damp in south and totally freezing in the south, with glaciers, fjords and lakes.
Places of Interest by Ale Mcalister
Robinson Crusoe Island Where Charles Darwin made his first notes about his theory of evolution, and bought during his first expedition there, some souvenirs and fossils.
Arica The city of the
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