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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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  • The largest grouping of Moai on Easter Island. The Moai were toppled during the island's civil wars and then swept inland by a tsunami in the 1960's. The site has since been restored and has fifteen M...  more »
  • Great show. The unique landscape, an imperedible of the island. If is a guide acomoana manages to understand part of the history of the place. It must get in vehiculi by the remoteness of hanga roa perl is a short trip that steals your breath all the way.
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  • We love to visit, are 15 big stone Moais all volcanic, beautiful, unmissable! Represent the ancestors to ptoteçao of the tribes, has around 900 on Easter Island.
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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.
  • Been there a couple of times, last being Jan 2016. It's a calming place and so very mystical.
  • Stunning destination for Sunrise. Can't miss while visiting the island.
  • The most impressive "ahu" on the island
  • 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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