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taken at San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

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Moai Statues of Easter Island, Chile

Apu Akivi Moai

One of the mysteries in the world, Easter Island is the most isolated inhabited island in the world. The natives name this island is the navel of the world, rightly so, for it is in the middle of the pacific ocean. It has a few names, the Polynesians call it Rapa Nui, the Chileans named it Isle of Pascua, and the rest of the world simply call it Easter Island after it was discovered on Easter Sunday.

It has always been my dream to visit this island and to view the Moai statues. The people who created these great statues disappeared leaving only a few inhabitants on the island.

While I was on the Island, I witnessed a protest by the Rapa Nui people for their independence from the Chilean government. Being Polynesians,  have closer ties with the rest of Polynesia than the governing Chileans. With only 3000 Rapa Nui and 2000 Chileans on the island, it seem to be quite a challenge to gain independence. Nevertheless, I wish them luck and may they have the success they strive for since 1960s.

Reading their history is both fascinating and tragic. The Rapa Nui people suffered from environmental devastation from over fanatical construction of Moai Statues, captured as slaves by the Spanish, their island were leased to the British as a sheep station. Generations of Rapa Nui people were confined to the town of Hanga Roa and not allowed to venture out to the rest of the island, making them prisoners of their own land.

This is a beautiful island with very friendly and honest people. To visit Easter Island, I would recommend at least a min. 5 full days to visit the various Moai Statues as well as the various hikes around the volcanos and other landscapes.  This is also the place for scuba diving for its pristine waters. Easter island is deceivingly small, the roads are bumpy and takes quite some time to venture out to the various sites.

Circle of stones in Apu Pokura where ceremonies are held. Moai structures push over by the Rapa Nui locals during the era of toppling.

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Rapa Nui protest in Easter island

While I was on the Island, I witnessed a protest by the Rapa Nui people for their independence from the Chilean government. Being Polynesians,  they have closer ties with the rest of Polynesia than the governing Chileans. With only 3000 Rapa Nui and 2000 Chileans on the island, it seem to be quite a challenge to gain independence.

Reading their history is both fascinating and tragic. The Rapa Nui people suffered environmental devastation from over fanatical construction of Moai Statues, captured as slaves by the Spanish, their island annexed by the aggressive Chileans in the late 1800s, after their island were leased to the British as a sheep station. Generations of Rapa Nui people were confined to the town of Hanga Roa and not allowed to venture out to the rest of the island, making them prisoners of their own land until the late 1966s.

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Salt Plains of Atacama Desert, Chile

Salt plains of the Atacama Desert in Chile with two other travel pals.

This is just a taste of what to come when I visit Bolivia for the famous Salar de Uyuni.

Stayed in the town of San Pedro de Atacama after a long bus ride of 24 hours from Santiago, Chile.

Expresso Coffee In Santiago, Chile served by Busty Clad Ladies

The two short days in Santiago, Chile were filled with plenty of great seafood meals and COFFEE!

This coffee crazed traveller here visited a few coffee bars around the city and was left pretty satisfied with the coffee. (gleem)

The coffee bars around Santiago, Chile business district are pretty unique as you would be served by busty sexy ladies, often clad in tight fitting dresses. You would only see mostly Chilean men in their business attire flirting with these ladies. There are no seats, so standing only which suggest it is a quick drink and flirt place.

I found one rather dodgy coffee bar that had more than their windows covered which suggest that there is something more than coffee being served in those. But mostly these coffee bars are pretty transparent and open. You hardly see many ladies drinking in these places though.

You buy your drink ticket from the cashier counter and present them to the lady of your choice. She serves you a glass of soda and a cup of coffee. Tips are optional.

The expresso coffee served in the chain coffee shops are surprisingly pretty good. For around 900 chilean pesos (US$2), you get a pretty decent standard of expresso, served with a glass of refillable soda.

The Starbucks coffee equivalent, Cafe Haiti and Cafe Caribe are found almost every corner of Santiago commercial district.

For crowd watching go around 2pm when it is lunch time, you would see older looking business types talking to these busty ladies, thought I did not really think they were that pretty. That’s only my opinion!