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Easter Island Super Saver: Ahu Akivi and Orongo plus Anakena Beach Day Trip

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Precise stonework

The basalt rocks were carved to precisely fit when stacked and pushed together to form a wall. Excellent stone work (not that I know much about it). It reminded me of what one... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 2, 2016
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great example of primitive stonemasonry, Ahu Vinapu have the remains of five moai in Rapa Nui National Park, a World Heritage Site

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Cortlandt Manor, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This site is usually part of the Orongo half day tour I have recommended as part of a two day guided journey through Rapa Nui or Easter Island. At this venue, we see more ruins or artifacts of a very interesting time and culture in the area. Isolated giant hair buns can be found, along with fallen heads and faces,... More 

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Piacenza, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

Ahu Vinapu is a wonderful site at the east end of the airport where you can something more than on the other unrestored Ahus: the talent and perfection of the old islanders in buying stone platforms for the Moai. The Ahu is indeed the main thing, you’ll be fascinated by those big stones that perfectly fit to make the back... More 

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Leominster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2016

This area is unrestored, the built with blocks of basalt weighing up to two tons, cut with a great deal of precision, but not quite up to the standard of the Incas.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

The basalt rocks were carved to precisely fit when stacked and pushed together to form a wall. Excellent stone work (not that I know much about it). It reminded me of what one would see along the Inca Trail in Peru, but each site is separated by thousands of miles of water and a couple centuries from one another as... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016 via mobile

Without someone with local knowledge this could be a pile of stones and you will be in and out of here in minutes. We spent about an hour at the site, learning the history, understanding the graves and the difference in the male and female statues.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2016

There is a toppled over moai and also a moai head. A sign in both Spanish and English provides informative information. The highlight is the impressive masonry of the ahu (stone platform). It reminds me of the masonry at Machu Picchu. It is quite windy around the site and I would recommend a jacket and sunglasses. It is also quite... More 

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St. John's, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2016

If you've been to Peru, you'll recognize the construction technique of this platform. In my mind, there's no doubt this proves some connection with South America later in the island's history and before the Europeans arrived.

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Cornelius, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2016 via mobile

Just doesn't seem possible; but there were several other cool mysteries here on the island as well. Just makes me want to come back again to take a longer look. This Ahu is a good starting point to hike to the Birdman island and top of volcano. That's an excellent hike for a half day.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2016

You probably know that at some point all moai felt down - due to cataclysm or human act. On first sight the place does not impress - some broken moai, well made and preserved ahu (platform for moai). The benefit is that you can see the real look of the place in the last 5-6-7 centuries. you can enjoy the... More 

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