To visit the Bolivian Altiplano is to step into a surreal world of startling landscapes, an improbable place where life survives at high altitude (12,000 ft.) and little rain falls. Native settlements whose cultures remain largely untouched by modern civilization, have existed for thousands of years.
Easter Island (Rapa Nui) may be best known for its stone head monoliths (moai), but for two weeks every February, the island stages its most important cultural event—The Tapati Festival.
Tapati began in 1969, as a simple summer festival that celebrated Polynesian pride. It has grown into the Polynesian community's most important cultural event.
All members of the Camelid family, the Guanaco and Vicuña are the wild ancestors of the Llama and Alpaca, respectively. Originating from a common ancestor in North America some 45 million years ago, the Camelid family branched into Camelius tribe who migrated to Asia and Africa to become Bactrian Camels and Dromedaries, and Lamini tribe who migrated south to the Andes.
A long narrow country, Chile is a land of stunning contrasts. From the rugged wilderness of the south to the arid expanse of the north, add the unique culture of Easter Island and you have three facets of Chile that deliver rich nature and cultural adventures in abundance.