Ahu Vinapu, Easter Island

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A remarkable example of primitive stonemasonry, Ahu Vinapu holds the remains of five moai in Rapa Nui National Park, a World Heritage Site. The ahu (stone platforms) stand as some of the largest in the park and consist of huge slabs of basalt rock. When you go, look for the towering, deteriorated red-stone monolithic column, which resembles a female moai. Besides these ruins, the area is largely un-excavated and un-restored. Take care when exploring, as some stone statues only just peek out of the ground. Arrange your visit to Ahu Vinapu and discover more family-friendly attractions in Hanga Roa using our Hanga Roa tour itinerary planner.
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  • September 30, 2017
    This Ahu differs from the rest in terms of its construction, which recalls the Inca constructions of Cusco. The MOAI are fallen. Close to Hanga Roa, at the end of the runway. You can go by bike.
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  • September 28, 2017
    The main attraction at this site is a wall similar to those built in Peru with the stones very very close together. The moai here have all been tipped over during the civil wars. There are pieces spre...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    In the area of the site has no Moai too to present. But the visit becomes a must from the time you can see one of the only female on the island Moai. In addition, there is a wall with the stones embedded in the inca style of Cusco. What we raise questions about who learned from who, or if it was just coincidence. Is very worthwhile!
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  • April 14, 2016
    We decided to walk here which is quite a mission. I'd recommend you go by car but get a 4x4 as there is not much of a road leading up to this place. The weather has taken its toll on these constructions, its still impressive though.
  • December 21, 2015
    Really cool big stone wall construction. It reminded me of the stone walls around Cusco, Peru. It makes me wonder how this kind of knowledge was passed around in the ancient word.
  • December 23, 2016
    incas like wall
  • March 25, 2017
    The ceremonial center of Vinapu includes one of the largest ahu in Rapa Nui. This ceremonial center has an extraordinary platform, whose structure is composed of large basalt slabs made carefully, fit similarly to some Inca constructions in Cusco. There are about 300 ahu on the island between those dimensions are variable, thus the construction technique and the number and size of the MOAI.
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  • January 31, 2017
    Amazing site... are buried MOAI as Pope Vaka 🎩
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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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