Ahu Tongariki, Easter Island

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#2 of 13 in Historic Sites in Easter Island
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Match the intense gaze of the 15 moai monuments staring back at you at Ahu Tongariki. Lined up in a row, as if protecting the coast against invaders, the massive monoliths represent perhaps the most iconic attraction on Easter Island. Despite damage caused by a 1960 tsunami, the restored monoliths remain as intimidating and mysterious as ever. Channel your inner creative and take some amazing photographs, playing with the angles and the light to perfectly capture all 15 monuments in a single frame. To visit Ahu Tongariki and other attractions in Hanga Roa, use our Hanga Roa online road trip planner .
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  • Platform with 15 moai facing the ocean page. Restored after the tsunami in 1960. He does a great impression.
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  • A great experience having trapped a rare sunrise in the 15 MOAI, puedto even though it was raining, it completed a "vacuum" of Sun with incredible colors
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  • It is the largest Polynesian (altar or megalithic platform) Ahu and South Pacific with 200 mt in length and 15 MOAI on the. It is far from postcards more beautiful a sunrise. I recommend you do everything with Rapa Nui Dream & Discover
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  • This mysterious place is amazing. Everytime i look at this 15 heads of moai give all the questions in my head.
  • A must-see site on the opposite side of the island from the main town. Very impressive arrangement of big Moai. You can see the sunrise only during the summer behind the Moai because in winter, the sun rises from the hill next to the moai.
  • Rapa Nui is the most remote inhabited island on earth. You may recognize this place by its common title "Easter Island". The island pokes out of the ocean with one hundred fifty square miles of area, but this is only the tip of a giant extinct volcano rising ten thousand feet from the ocean floor.Easter Island got its Christian name on Easter Sunday in 1722, the day that Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen landed there. He found the natives in a primitive society engaged in constant war with each other, resorting to cannibalism at times of no other food being available. He was followed in 1770 by a Spanish captain who claimed the island for Spain, in 1774 by Captain Cook of England and in 1786 by a French admiral. The general lack of water, wood and food left them equally uninterested in using Easter Island as a place to resupply their ships.The mysteries of Rapa Nui are these -- how did people get here in the first place, how did they MAKE these gigantic statues, and then how a civilization could have degraded from such a cultural and artistic peak, backwards to a state of poverty and starvation?The standard tale of the people on Easter Island is that overpopulation and poor resource management led them to their own extinction. It's commonly used as a warning to the entire globe, telling all humans not to make the same mistakes on a planetary scale.Another version of the story might include the European introduction of smallpox, venereal disease, slavery and oppressive government as a warning to the entire globe, telling all humans not to make the same mistakes on a planetary scale.In any case, take another look at these images and be happy you have such a nice home planet to live on.
  • One my the most wonderful sunrises of my life! Totally worthy to wake up early and then stay after tourists leave to stay alone with horses infront of the moais.
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