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Tag: South America

Rano Raraku, Easter Island

Rano Raraku was my favorite Moai sight on Easter Island. Hundreds of unfinished Moai are spread across the landscape along trails for an easy walking tour. Rano Raraku actually refers to the now extinct volcano where the people of Rapa Nui carved their monolithic statues before moving them around the island. The Moai found around the base of Rano Raraku are still in the stages before completion, looking different than most Moai around the island. Tourists can take a walk through the hillside and get up and close for some great photos. My suggestion if you ever do this hike Read More

End of the Earth- Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia, Argentina is the southernmost city and the embarkation point for most Antarctic cruises. While Antarctica was not in the cards for me this trip, Ushuaia and the Tierra del Fuego National Park was well worth journeying down to the end of the Earth. In the two days I had in Ushuaia I filled it with hiking, penguin viewing, a crab feast, and a self-guided walking tour. The penguin tour was the greatest thing ever! The boat to the penguin colony left the main pier 2 blocks from our hotel. After 90 minutes with a  few “stops” to see cormorants Read More