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. To visit Ahu Tongariki and other attractions in Hanga Roa, use our Hanga Roa online road trip planner .
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  • October 6, 2017
    Went there twice. At sunrise gate opens at 7:30 am. If you go there around 7ish is better you can already see some colors in the sky. And of course late afternoon when the sun is kissing the 15 Moai s...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    We were lucky and arrived in our hire car before the coach tours. The Moai here are massive and although re-erected I believe by the Japenese, have lost nothing of their grandeur. The site is 'guarded...  more »
  • September 30, 2017
    While worth the show at dawn, the large number of tourists makes the magic of intimacy is lost.
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  • March 5, 2017
    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.
  • June 23, 2017
    Been there a couple of times, last being Jan 2016. It's a calming place and so very mystical.
  • July 14, 2017
    Stunning destination for Sunrise. Can't miss while visiting the island.
  • July 16, 2017
    The most impressive "ahu" on the island
  • January 31, 2017
    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.

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Where to stay in Hanga Roa

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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