Chile and Argentina 2008

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Easter Island, Chile

 

The caldera of Rano Kau. High atop the cliffs, a petroglyph of the birdman can be seen, beak and hands reaching out towards the islands where the eponymous birds roosted. Easter Island is undoubtably known first and foremost for its moai. These seven at Ahu Akivi are the only moai to face toward the sea.
 

Pacific island sunsets are always magical. From the heights of Rano Raraku, the moai at Ahu Tongariki can be seen standing watch over what was once the site of a bustling village. On the slopes on Rano Raraku, hundreds of moai that never reached their ahus stand in mute witness to a lost culture.
 

Inscrutable.
 

Inside the caldera of Rano Raraku, incomplete moai pepper the slopes. A lone sentinel guards the approach to Ahu Tongariki.
 

Ahu Tongariki is unrivalled in its number of moai. Only one of the moai bears its top-knot. It also shows the long-ear of the ruling class. We had time for a couple of quick dives, though wisely, kept our distance from this stonefish.
 
 

Bariloche, Argentina

 

After crossing the Andes, we were spoiled with a beautiful day in Bariloche. Hard on the eyes.... not! Margaret doing her Birth of Venus impression.
 
 

Perito Moreno, Argentina

 

Wide open spaces. Perito Moreno is one of the few growing glaciers in the world. Trekking on the glacier.
 

To appreciate the size of the glacier, notice Tim in this picture.
 

 

 

Here the glacier can be seen stretching back towards the spine of the Andes. In this sequence, a shard of ice can be seen falling into the lake. Each ice-fall resulted in a tremendous roar as it crashed into the frigid waters below.  
 
 

Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

 

Tim on the End of the World Train. The world's southern-most post office. Sea lions in the Beagle Channel. Lighthouse in the Beagle Channel.
 

 

 

 

     
 
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