Search
Toggle basket 0
Your shopping bag
  • Your basket is empty
1 16 6 Tapati 429071242 F11Photo 72
Prev

Travelling along the Carretera Austral

Chile

Tapati

Next

Laguna San Rafael

or Semana Rapa Nui

Held each year in late January/early February, Tapati is organized on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) as a huge competition between groups, many of them families, each of which elects a beauty queen. It begins slowly but builds momentum as the fortnight goes on. Families score points by participating in a wide variety of competitions, including gastronomy, necklace-making, sculpting mo’ai, body painting, dancing, singing, horse racing, swimming and a modified decathlon.

In the most spectacular event, men, dressed only in the traditional thong and with their bodies painted, compete to slide down the side of a volcano, sitting on a kind of sledge made from the trunks of two banana plants. 

Some texticon-next-smiconmonstr-facebook-6 (1)ui-footui-instagramui-chevron-nextui-chevron-prevui-search