Walk on the Wild Side
The landscape of the Marquesas alternates between waterfalls, desert plateaus and black-sand bays. The waterfalls are so high that most of the falling water evaporates as it descends. To explore this rugged and primitive terrain is to discover a land that only small numbers of privileged people ever have the opportunity to visit. The isolation of these islands has created an immense pride among the Marquesans and a fascinating culture. Many traditional Polynesian art forms originated here. The locals have safeguarded the ancient techniques of tattoo artistry, sculpture and woodcarving. Every four years, Nuku Hiva hosts the Marquesas Arts Festival, a celebration of the renowned artistic talent and deeply rooted traditions of these proud people. The islands are also home to many archaeological sites including stone temples, large tiki statues and ancient petroglyphs.
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