Ana Te Pahu, Easter Island

Gain an insight into the creation of Easter Island with a visit to Ana Te Pahu, a series of lava tunnels spanning 7 km (2.4 mi), that were formed when rock solidified around a stream of molten lava. The formations served as cave dwellings used by the island’s inhabitants to shelter from the elements. The garden by the dwellings abounds with sweet potatoes, bananas, and taro. Used as a refuge from battles as well as housing during primitive times, the caves' breadth made them convenient for inhabitants. Take a flashlight and some appropriate boots for the excursion. Plan to visit Ana Te Pahu and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Hanga Roa attractions using our Hanga Roa road trip planner.
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  • The tour circuit considered this place. Wonderful place to understand the life of the ancient inhabitants of the island. Access is somewhat complex, so is that seen with slippers. After download, you can walk and you can take your photographer skills to play with light and shooting speed. Worth go and meet... to return
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  • You can visit without a guide, a cave without difficulty to access. Following the path of Ahu akivi
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  • We arrived at the cave after our visit to the Terevaka. The entrance is marked with a sign. If you want to delve I recommend take flashlight and good shoes, as you advance the cave it is becoming more moist until you are with large puddles. When we visit, an Islander prevented us to move forward and we had to bring us back to the same place that we went, but I have read stories of other tourists indicate that the cave is huge
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  • How cool to adventure through a lava tube surrounded by green grasslands, hills, horses and cows!
  • Really beautiful place to visit, specially unter the ground and with the view to the hole in te roof where you can see the sky
  • The Ana Te Pahu cave is not a must, but if you have time, it's pretty cool as adventure and exploration. It is a subterranean area composed of four cameras connected by dark corridors that served as a refuge in the bloody tribal wars that occurred between the years of 1200 and 1500. As we're going to deepen through the cave appear clearings that illuminate the environment in these bright dot some plants develop. The access road has several banana trees, so some know these as "banana's Caves".
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  • Cave. To escape from the West who came seemed natives fled here.
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  • Beautiful and mystical place, recommended to be fitted with slippers and flashlight.
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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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