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- Initially planned to go to see traditional dancing but learned about the efforts to preserve the cultural history and engage the next generations in the community traditions. Chose to do dinner/show combination and the dinner was fantastic. I had fish with mango sauce and my friend had tuna which was also great. Drink and desert were also included. The show was very entertaining, dancers were very good and engaged audience. Would recommend for dinner and show. Dinner started at 7p.Written March 4, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Playa Ovahe is located just over a mile from Anakena beach in a southeastern direction. This small beach is surrounded by cliffs of reddish volcanic origin. Its waters are of turquoise color and its fine sand is of pink color product of the mixture of the red volcanic slag and the eroded white coral. Certainly worth considering while visiting Anakena beach.Written November 26, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This attraction is another part of ancient history of Easter Island. It was probably the fashion in it’s time. Moais became a bit 'old hat', so to bring them up to date, people decided to give them 'topknots'. Puna Pau was a place with various colored volcanic rock and so became the place to quarry them. Deep red was obviously the preferred colour. The quarry is at the top of the mountain and one can climb up to see some spectacular views of the island and it’s coast which overlooks the main town of Hanga Roa. Great spot to visit even for the view of the island. Certainly very highly recommended to any traveler.Written November 22, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This attraction is an interesting one and different from other attractions. One can see an ahu(platform) in ruins with all of its moai fallen face down or on their backs, most likely toppled after the clan wars.
At the entrance to this site one will see some well-preserved ruins of an ancient village with a number of earth ovens (umu pae), the boat-houses (hare vaka) as well as some paved areas which will show you a little of how the people of Rapa Nui used to live. Very close to here you will also find a small cave that was used as shelter for those who did not have a boat house.
Behind the main ahu, one will find another moai that has been toppled as well as an unusually small moais that would have been one of the first ones to be built. Certainly would very highly recommend visiting this attraction to any traveler and especially those who are eager to have an off beat experience on Easter Island.Written November 22, 2020
- This site is an offbeat tourist attraction in Easter Island. It is a restored village and gives a good insight into the former lives of Rapa Nui people. Certainly worth visiting with a local tour guide and very highly recommended for the offbeat traveler.Written November 25, 2020
- This was one of the first walks we took and we thoroughly enjoyed witnessing the loving leavings at the graves of the ancients, and not so ancients. This certainly has a mixed bag of symbolism; naturalism, Rapa Nui cultural, Christian elements all expressed in reverance.Written February 11, 2021
- Lots of beautiful flowers, sculptures. Wonder the scrolling paths and let yourself get lost. The pictures say it all.Written February 19, 2020
- Located near the western part of Easter Island, close to soccer field and the port, it is not really a beach. However this bay offers nice scenic views and is worth visiting around sunset.Written November 25, 2020
- This is by the side of the road, you must pay attention or you'd miss it. It was used as a trophy for warriors and was carried around the islands. You can imagine the sound when you blow into the holes.Written September 23, 2019
- learning about the meaning and movement of the Moai is a good educational visit for young and old alike. if it were not difficult to get here I would returnWritten April 1, 2020
- Ahu The Peu is located on the the north coast. It is an unrestored archeological site, so you can see how platforms looked before being restored. It used to be a large settlement, still foundations of boat houses can be seen. The actual platform is severely destroyed. Very interesting were the half-buried moais. Quite significant is a large wall, which reminds of the 'Inca' technique used in Ahu Vinapu, though less sophisticated.
Sea views are beautiful and quite dramatic. There was also a number of wild horses around during the time we visited. We approached from direction Ahu Akivi: take the road left just before the checkpoint to Akivi; soon you will reach another checkpoint for the Te Ana cave circuit (also 3 caves are situated nearby, worth visiting). From here you can continue walking or cycling north to Ahu Te Peu. Another option is coming from town, along the north coast. We took this road back. It is basically only possible to walk, cycling is very difficult because of the road quality. If you are an experienced mountainbiker, you can perhaps do it (my husband managed to cycle it all). If you continue walking to the east, you can do a long (5-6 hour) walk ending at Anakena beach, discovering the untouched north coast.
This is perhaps not the most impressive archeological site of the island, but worth a visit if you have the time.Written November 15, 2018
- We went on the full day Jewels tour.
The next morning we went on the caves tour.
Both tours were excellent. We were picked up on time and the guides were knowledgeable and interesting.Written November 27, 2019
- Cannot tell how impressive these days have been. I'm already in love with South America after these 4 days. Chile has been amazing, but Easter Island, wow, this was different. The statues are in the middle of nowhere and the theories behind made me speechless.
What could improve here is the infrastructure, because it's quite expensive due to connection problems. Anyway, worth every penny to visit!Written February 27, 2020
- The tours we took with Chris Browder were the highlight of our stay on Easter Island. What does he not know about the Rapa Nui! Fascinating. Highly recommended.Written July 29, 2020
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