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Ana Kai Tangata, Hanga Roa

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White-capped waves crash against the rocky shoreline near Ana Kai Tangata, concealing this hidden cave area. The cave is accessible at low and high tide and affords magnificent views of the coastline. A brief climb down the steps brings visitors to the cave's entrance, and further exploration reveals red and white drawings of birds on the rocky surface. The drawings were done with natural pigments and animal fat, but the cave's humidity has greatly hindered their preservation. The cave is believed to have been a meeting place for athletes taking part in the swimming competitions of the local Birdman cult. Use our Hanga Roa itinerary builder to add Ana Kai Tangata and other attractions to your Hanga Roa vacation plans.
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  • It is located south of Hanga Roa, way of Orongo. There is parking, but it is not difficult to walk from Hanga Roa. To reach the cave there to down a few stairs carved in the cliff, so it is not suitable for people with limited mobility. The cave is small and apparently suffers frequent landslides. The views out to sea are very nice and there are cave paintings. The visit lasts about 20 or 30 minutes at most. It is not a place not to be missed, but you can visit it if you have time and already visited major attractions of the island. To take advantage of the time can coordinate this visit with a visit to Orongo.
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  • The day I was there, the guide directed not to enter the site, and in fact, was banned. The view of the Pacific, as well as other places on the island, is spectacular.
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  • The view of the waves from the inside of the cave is beautiful and paintings of the Rapanui on the bird-man can be seen on its walls. One of the must-see spots of Easter Island
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