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#Bordercrossing Chile - Argentina step one:
Take a #boat from #VillaOHiggins, the last town on the #CarreteraAustral on the #Lago O'Higgins, #cruising a few hours on a #turquoise #lake between #snowymountains and passing by the #glacier O'Higgins. If you happen to be #cycling, take your #bike with you as well.
This is the only way to reach the bit remote #carabinero station at Candelario Mancilla for the required #passportstamp. .
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Mirador del valle #hike in #VillaOHiggins :
View of Lago O'Higgins, Lago Cisnes and #glacier Mosco after less than an hour of #hiking, and still the only living souls you encounter on the #trail are the #cows.
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View of the last town on the #CarreteraAustral, Villa O'Higgins. Still in #christmasmood.
The town is surrounded by beautiful #snowymountains, #glaciers and #lakes, and worths to go there already for the #bestwiew on the carretera.
However, it's a #deadend if you are travelling by any motorised vehicle. Only options to continue south are on foot or by bike.
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The last days travelling on the #CarreteraAustral, from Villa Cerro Castillo to Villa O'Higgins. The #highway is still a #dirtroad most of the time. Except when it's a #ferry 😊
The scenery is absolutely amazing though. These pics were even taken just through a dirty #buswindow, but still have the #bestview.
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Reserva Cerro Castillo
There is a #dayhike going up to the #laguna #cerrocastillo with a prospective view of the towers behind the lake that can be done from Villa Cerro Castillo.
It's 8 km with 1100 m elevation gain, so there are some #steep parts, but #bestview all around of the #Carreteraaustral and the surrounding #snowymountains.
I was not that lucky at the top, could see the laguna and a bit of the #glacier, but the #mountain was behind the #clouds. Well, that's #mothernature 😊 The #hike was still beautiful though.
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Alerce trees: the #temperaterainforest in #Pumalinpark has a lot of #alerce #trees. They can grow as old as 3000 years! A short #trail is guiding you throw the oldest ones.
Sometimes it felt like they were the inspiration for the #ents in the #lotr 😊
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Rainforest! The second largest #temperaterainforest area in the world is in #Patagonia.
The #cascadas #trek in #Pumalinpark is a nice #hike to see some #waterfall and walk around in the lush #rainforest. Even better if the sun is not shining, the #misty weather looks good there 😊 .
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The Chaiten volcano had a big #eruption in 2008 which has destroyed most of the town of Chaiten, and as we can see even now, the #vegetation on the #mountain.
Today the #volcano is continously #fuming, but it's possible to go up to the #caldera. The #hike is short but steep with a lot of #steps and rewarding with #bestview over the #activevolcano and the #craterlake on the top, the surrounding #mountains and #river.
The vegetation has started to grow again, but the burnt #treetrunks are a reminder of the forces of #mothernature.
The #Chaiten volcano is in #Pumalinpark, a soon to be #nationalpark in the north of #Patagonia, so called #Patagoniaverde.
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First day on the Carretera Austral:
The distance between Puerto Montt and Chaiten is only 258 km, but the busride takes cca 8 hours - and what a day that is 😊 Driving on the Chilean 'Southern Highway' means driving on dirt roads most of the way, and many ferry rides. The ferry between Hornopiren and Leptepu was 3 hours cruising between amazing landscapes - great start of the Patagonia trip 😊
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Angelmo is a #fishingvillage a short walk away from Puerto Montt. #fishmarket, #ceviche #onthego, #palafitos (buildings on "sticks" in the water), #sealions and #seabirds waiting for the trash from the market, people taking a #boattrip to the beach - usual weekend buzzling. And the Osorno #volcano is towering over the view.
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There are not many things to visit for a tourist in Puerto Montt, but since it's the gateway for the Carretera Austral and Chiloe island, many people pass by. You can walk by this kinda weird statue next to the coast. Locals seem to love it 😊
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Finishing my #RapaNui posts with the ultimate #sunsetview place: Tahai. It's a great evening watching the sun set to the #ocean behind the #moais.
I guess any given day half of the #tourists are there😊
Well worth to return during the day as well and have the place to yourself. .
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If you leave Hanga Roa, the only town on #RapaNui, you'll definitey see more #horses than cars. Got to love this type of #trafficjam 😊
Some #scenery pics from driving around the #island.
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A taste of the #traditional #RapaNui #music and #dance.
Since the island is geographically and culturally belongs to #Polinesia (even if it's part of #Chile), that can be seen in their #culturalheritage.
The #songs and dances are about #love, #war and #life on the #island.
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Rano Raraku: the #quarry. It has supplied the #material for the #moais, it was the #workshop, and the #distribution center. The #statues were taken to the different parts of the #island from here.
Nearly half of the moais are still on this site - you can see smaller,bigger, toppled, standing, finished and halfway through still in the #rock ones.
#RanoRaraku also looks very cool from a distance - at first you dont realise that the hill is dotted with #carved statues.
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A #female moai!
There are not so many females out of the nearly 900 #moais. Didn't even see any on the island, caught this one in the #museum.
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Orongo was my favourite #hike on Rapa Nui.
The Orongo #volcano has a huge #crater and #craterlake which provides a great view. #Bestview of the #ocean and #rocks already on the way up to the #mountain.
On the #rim used to be a #ceremonial #village. After the internal conflicts a new system came to place organising the #RapaNui #society: the #Birdman #cult or Tangata Manu. To decide who is the leader, groups from the whole #island came to #Orongo to prepare for the #competition. They went down the rocks to reach the small islands just opposite Orongo, where they could stay for weeks to wait for the first eggs of the manutau bird. (Looking at the rocks and the islands it wasn't a very safe undertaking.) The one who first returned with the egg became the tangata-manu or birdman or #chief, and was considered #sacred and lived in cermonial reclusion for a year. The last #ceremony was held in 1867!
You can walk to the dropoff in the middle of the rim from both directions (possibility for #windy pictures 😊). The opposite side of the village provides an even better view of the small islands the participants were going to get the birds' #egg.
There was also a moai at the site, but it was taken by a ship crew and given to Queen Victoria in England.
Some #petroglyphs are still visible.
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On the land of #RapaNui the #moais are sacred, you cannot touch them.
Since the #moai in the #Pacificocean is a #fake one, no problem here 😊 just watch out for the #coral.
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The moais, these #carved #statues were erected between the 13th and 16th century. They were representing the #spirits of former chiefs and supposed to watch over the tribe and bring them good luck.
After social unrest during the 18th century the #moais were #toppled. Some of them were re-erected on their #ahu in 20th century, but even today you can find many moai lying around, mostly with a #brokenneck. They're either in the protected national park sites, or just on one of the many ahus that you can see going around the #island.
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Besides the moai statues you can also find 5-600 years old #petroglyphs on the #island of #RapaNui.
Can you recognise what #animals are #carved into the #volcanic #rock?
(Help in the following photo.)
The biggest one that has remained on the island is showing a #canoe, which relates to the traditions of the rapanui peple.
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Ahu Tongariki: this is THE #sunrise spot in #RapaNui. The sun comes up just behind the #moais, so there is a 'crowd' (well, luckily just #easterisland sized crowd) every morning waiting for the #sun.
And if you stay a bit longer you can have the whole place to yourself with the moais.
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Just a normal #RapaNui #beach: #palmtrees, #ocean, #sand, and of course some #moais. And do not forget the #horses, which are everywhere all over the #island.
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On the top of #RapaNui!
From Ahu Akivi a #trail leads up to the #highestpoint of the #island: #Teravaka.
It's 510 m high, and all you see is the #Pacificocean in every direction. And of course many #volcanic #cones and the only town of the island, #HangaRoa. All you can hear up there is the #wind 😊
The #trail is not difficult and only 5km long,so it's well worth it for the #bestview up there. In case you're lazy, apparently can make it with a #horse too.
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The only #ahu (kind of #altar) where the #moais are facing the #ocean
Also this is how a #trailhead looks on #RapaNui 😊
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