Sights in Rapa Nui
Ceremonial platform composed of moais
It consists of three ahu or ceremonial altars, it is the closest to Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa. There are also the remains of theHare Paenga or boat houses and a jetty.
It is the largest and most impressive of the ahu, located in a beautiful natural site, at the foot of Rano Raraku volcano. 15 statues stand in its platform and has more than 200 meters long.
AHU HURI A URENGA
Only sunrise oriented statue, the day of winter solstice; moment that traditionally marks the beginning of certain tapus or prohibitions on the island. It is located near the village of Hanga Roa.
East of the Mataveri airport is located this archaeological site composed of two ahu in ruins. In one of them are stone walls similar to those of Machu Picchu carved.
Ahu where seven moai stand representing the first explorers sent by King Hotu Matuía. It is on a hill in the center of the island.
RANO RARAKU: Located northeast of Hanga Roa, in this ancient volcano was located the open quarry where the moai were carved, and there about 400 in various positions and construction phases. It is one of the most important archaeological sites on the island.
RANO KAU: Volcano with a crater of one kilometer in diameter, in whose summit stood the ceremonial city of Orongo, with more than 50 houses. Here it took place the election of Tangata Manu, or Birdman, until the arrival of the first Christian missionaries 150 years ago. It has a breathtaking view of the cliffs and beautiful petroglyphs.
ANAKENA: On this white sand beach, palm trees and crystal blue sea, stands one of the most beautiful ahu on the island: the Nau Nau. Its seven moai have endings like tattoos and clothing. In Anakena was where landed, according to legend, Hotu Matuía. Also here, stands, Ahu Ature Huki, apparently older, with a statue of anthropomorphic aspect.
ANA KAI TANGATA: Cave south of Hanga Roa, on the slopes of Rano Kau, in the Mataveri sector, whose ceiling are paintings with representations of Manu or birds.
>MA’UNGA TEREVAKA: Highest peak of Rapa Nui, of more than 500 meters, from where you can get a great 360 degrees view of the entire island. At his feet lies a series of volcanic galleries, which formerly served the islanders as refuge, home and local farming.