Ahu Te Pito Kura, Easter Island

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On a rugged stretch of coastline, find Ahu Te Pito Kura, the largest moai ever made, and one of the few whose name has not been lost over time. Unfortunately, the monolith faces the floor, having been toppled along with the other moai during the Rapa Nui civil wars. Still, the monument's size is impressive--10 m (33 ft) tall and weighing around 70 tons--as are the stories that surround him. Located close by in the same site, find a large, polished oval rock, surrounded by a low stone wall. Its high iron content confuses compasses, and some believe it to be charged with a powerful mystical energy. With our online itinerary creator, Hanga Roa attractions like Ahu Te Pito Kura can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • August 12, 2017
    Interesting site just by counting the largest Moai that was brought to an Ahu. As has the famous stone (navel of the world) that, according to the guidebook's got nothing out of this world. However, it is a very important point because, according to the locals, was used to divide the island in half by the King when he came to the island. There is an imaginary line from that point to a small island near Orongo which was entitled, in the past, the two "halves" of the island.
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  • August 8, 2017
    A simple, historic, mystical and energetic place the navel of the world feels the energy of the place
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  • August 8, 2017
    Thete is some controversy as to the origin of this 'magic rock'. In spite of the myths that it was brought bu the original explorers from French Polynesia, in all likelihood it was sourced locally. It...  more »
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  • December 21, 2015
    Worth a stop before Anakena beach !
  • June 20, 2017
    Here was the site of a group, one of the world centres (also known as the navel of the Earth), the biggest and largest MOAI MOAI hat. I remember there was a chicken coop.
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  • April 17, 2017
    Music and dance are fundamental elements of the Rapa Nui culture and its varieties are an inescapable attraction for those who visit Easter Island. Therefore, that they have prepared a show that brings together the highest exponents of the Rapa Nui culture, adding colorful bodies of dance with ensembles of long history.
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  • June 28, 2017
    Part of the mysteries of Easter Island. If you feel something in their hands to put it on the round stone...
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  • January 31, 2017
    I loved it, the buried MOAI are wonderful 🗿
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The main urban area on the island, Hanga Roa houses the vast majority of Easter Island's accommodations. While the number of choices remains pretty limited considering the island's popularity, the range of lodgings suits a variety of travelers, from budget-conscious backpackers to those seeking luxury. Relaxed guesthouses and hostels provide decent rooms to get your head down for the night after a long day's exploration. Eco-lodges and more exclusive hotels tend to be positioned outside of the main urban area, providing airport pick-up services, ocean views, and swimming pools.
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