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Ahu Tongariki, 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. Put Ahu Tongariki on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Hanga Roa itinerary builder.
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  • We were very impressed by the ancient stone figures the Moais, the Mystic rock carvings and the fascinating, dramatic story, the bird man cult and the ecological disaster in which all ended. An impressive system and an encounter with another world. Despite many assumptions and explanations, these stone figures still include the great riddles of this earth. On this island, there is so much wonderful to discover not understandable. Almost every angle, every stone is mystical. Great designs for a photographer.
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  • We visited this site as part of a photo tour, so we were there twice, at sunrise for silouette photos and in teh afternoon when the Moais were front lighted. It is a stunning place.  more »
  • Posted in only the island's protected national park which can be accessed with a single ticket, this site is by far the most fascinating place for its grandeur. In an extensive and manicured lawn is a ceremonial platform with fifteen moai, of which one only with pukao the largest on the island, well preserved and survived the time and weather. The visit or rather the contemplation could last an infinite time because it is so great the charm and mystery that we forget the rest, a marvel in the open and as such it is obvious that you should not miss.
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  • One of the most incredible places on the island. Ideally, you can visit it in combination with the quarry or go there for sunrise. It's pretty far from the city center (25 min drive) so you will need a car. It's breathtaking to see the sun rise behind these huge moais. It's one of the sites where you can go multiple times with the same park entrance ticket.
  • We wouldn't know how to explain it but this island is special, here we breathe a unique mysticism, there is a special connection of oneself with the environment. Suppose the unconscious plays an important part in knowing you almost 4,000 kilometers from anywhere.
  • The sunrise tour is well worth the early morning.
  • One of the best places I have ever been. A must to watch the sunrise.
  • Unbelievable sun rise in this place. Truly magical.