Ahu Tongariki, Easter Island

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#1 of 16 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 Easter Island, use our Easter Island online road trip planner .
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  • Top destination on the island. It is so impressive - 15 Moai lined up. It was not busy when we were here, in fact none of the sites had many visitors. This one certainly is incredible.  more »
  • and I have tears in my eyes, so, this place is great. Mythical destination, for any traveller, of this largest site of the island. Why, such a gigantism on a small island devoid of everything?? What mystery escapes us?? At the time of their splendour, the statues were painted red and white in the manner of tattoos, symbols of power. Their coral eyes diffused energy. This site had been destroyed, by the tribal wars, and then in 1960 by a tidal wave. It is a Japanese company, which allowed in 1960, these 15 moai to recover proudly, but 17 other small statues were found, nearby, bringing a 32 moai, on this site. This day illuminated by the sun, the horses, wild, graze in freedom on this site, and I must say, that all the years that i have left to live, will be enveloped, of this beautiful place
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  • Rapa nui is so much more than this iconic image but you have to go and it doesn’t disappoint. The sheer size and scale with ranu raraku as a backdrop is amazing  more »
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