Ahu Tongariki, Easter Island

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#2 of 11 in Historic Sites in Easter Island
Ruin Landmark Must See
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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  • Great location, tranquil, exudes magic with the magnificence of the MOAI. The place invites to contemplate the landscape and let yourself be carried away by the enigmatic place.
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  • site to do, again, morning, evening, the colors change, the photos are never the same; the site is affordable but far enough, too bad! but just ask and wait a bit, visitors spend and a time we find ourselves alone! the visit with a guide is nice to know the history of the site;
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  • So amazing stunning place Great to see the seven Statues all lined up. Great location for sunrise . Just awesome  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ahh Easter Island. Definitely one of my top visits of all time. What is important to note is the Polynesians called it Rapa Nui which translate roughly to 'swollen lip'. The indigenous people were known for very droppy low lips thus the great stone faces with large lips. The large noses were portrayals of their immense ability to smell a long distance. This alone explains why the people came to this island to settle. The smell of the Europeans who didn't readily shower, wash, deodorize, or trim their hair made it near unbearable for the Polynesians to withstand. You will find that all the architecture and art on the island represents smell. I must say it is very sad that their people died from rats. I wish Pitcairn Island had the rats instead. No one cares if child rapists die from rats. Great weather, not many beaches but lots of rocks.
  • Even though it has been rebuilt and all the Moai have been put back up, the magic of this place remains, and there's a reason everyone comes here for the sunrise. This place is legit!
  • AMAZING! Must see when you are on the island. 15 standing up Moai lined up along the coast, so stunning and beautiful!

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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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