Travelling Gypsy : Cook Islands Part I

Sometimes, there are places, adventures or exciting pieces of life that you just have to share.

Over the weekend, I arrived in the Cook Islands – in particular, Raratonga. This is a place of perfection and I am totally overwhelmed with its beauty.

  • Where: Rarotonga, Cook Islands 
  • Known for: White sandy beaches, a welcoming culture and the perfect place for families and couples to relax and unwind. 
  • When: 14th-21st March, 2015
  • Why: Girls trip! 
  • Who: Tess, Lauren & Tara.

We had a brief look at a locals map of hiking and exploration trails and found this one. We booked a taxi and half an hour later (after the cabbie got us lost .. Twice) we eventually found our way there. Apparently it wasn’t just us who had no idea how to get there.. As neither did our taxi driver. But without street names or directions, how was he to know?

Upon arrival we were greeted by three dogs, which we affectionately named Barry, Steve and Peter, until we later discovered these pups were ladies.. So we decided that Bernadette, Stevie and Pettifluer were a little more suitable. Whoops!

After a mere ten minutes of trekking, we lost phone signal. Understandably, we had a mild panic attack, being the somewhat city-slickers we all are, and having zero idea of the lay of the land.. the dogs were there to guide us, and I could hear them laughing as we ventured deeper into the forest. We had no clue what we were getting ourselves into!

As the journey continued, so did the scrub. We discovered gorgeous waterfalls, rivers, plants, animals and bugs and above all, plenty of  things to climb over / walk through / eat us / hit our heads on and fall over from. It was breathtaking in every sense of the word, as you can see! This was the scene at the end of the road for us. It started as leafy and green and ended in a covered and undistinguished path. It was as beautiful as it was exhausting. All in all, two and a half hours and 12km of untouched beauty. By the end, were exhausted and ready for a relax by the pool and a coconut or two. Those photos are to come tomorrow… 

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