Day 6 on Easter Island

Walked (struggled) up the Ranu Kau volcano, and took a picnic, which we had on the eastern rim. The footpath winds up through woods and comes out at the crater. We took the path to the south along the edge of the crater, with wonderful views both of the crater, the lake inside it, and the motu (islands of the birdman legend) beyond

Rano Kau is a 1000 ft tall extinct volcano that forms the southwestern headland of Easter Island, a Chilean island in the Pacific Ocean. It is one of the three volcanoes that make up Easter Island. It was formed of basaltic lava flows many thousands of years ago. Rano Kau has a crater lake. The crater is almost a mile across and has its own micro climate. Sheltered from the winds that dry most of the rest of the island, figs and vines flourish at Rano Kau.

The crater is right on the sea and erosion has cut into the sea facing part of the crater, causing a spectacular gap in the cliffs. On its northern side, the volcano slopes down to Mataveri International Airport. The main archaeological site on Rano Kau is the ruined ceremonial village of Orongo. One ahu with several moai was recorded on the cliffs at Rano Kau in the 1880s, but had fallen to the beach by the time of the Routledge expedition in 1914.

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Chilean policemen on duty. Our walk took us up the Rano Kau volcano and its associated ..
..national park.We walked along the crater rim and had a wonderful view of the motu offshore.

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Au Bout du Mond Restaurant, where South Pacific meets Belgium

Dinner at Au Bout du Mond

All Easter Island restaurants are a little bit eclectic/eccentric, and this one is too - sort of Belgium meets Rapa Nui, as ownership is this mix of nationalities. The restaurant was, by European standards a bit "basic" in its decor and table settings. We chose to go on one of their "non show" nights, as we did not want a show. The food was excellent, and the view from the balcony was superb as we watched the sun set over the sea. The service was friendly and efficient.

As with other local restaurants, the prices are not cheap, and they add an automatic 10% for service, which is robbery, but they at least have the goodness to put the fact on the menu, which 2 other restaurants we ate at did not. This 10% on the bill is not part of local culture, but has become over the last few years to be deemed obligatory by restaurants.

Having had my moan about the10%, the food was the best we ate on the island, and the staff were the friendliest, and the view was wonderful. So I would recommend it.

Easter Island Diary