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Review of Ahu Tongariki

Ahu Tongariki
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Private Full-Day Easter Island Highlights Tour
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Owner description: 15 of the island's famous moai statues stand here in a military lineup upon a flat rock platform.
Poland
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25 reviews
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“Can't miss them”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2013

The first time you see it is when you visit the nearby quarry - Rano Raraku. The Moais look very impressive from the distance and when you finally reach them, you are even more impressed. They're huge! There's a small hill from which yu can take nice pictures of them all and there's no problem to come very close to them.

Visited July 2012
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Saskatoon, Canada
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“The most impressive ahu by far!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2013

This is the granddaddy of the ahus! 15 of them on the platform (ahu). You can see the evolution of the moai over time.

Visited February 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Do Not Miss”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

Ahu Tongariki is a "do not miss" site of Rapa Nui. Because of that, I'm sure it gets crowded with tourists but we visited around noon in early April and were almost the only people there. It's an absolutely stunning site and very easy to set up a camera on a timer to take a shot of yourself or family that appears as if nobody else is there.

The only disappointment is that I wish there were garbage cans at some of the sites (or at least bags distributed so that you could pick up trash and take it back to your hotel). In particular, there is trash that washes up on the rocks behind Ahu Tongariki and I would have liked to do my part to clean that up a bit.

Visited April 2013
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Vaucluse, Australia
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“Probably the Most Photogenic of the Ahus”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

It's a nice walk from Rano Raraku to Ahu Tongariki, and once you get there you will be overwhelmed by the site of the 15 Moai facing Rano Raraku. Make sure to walk all around them to also get a rear view of the statues, it makes for a great photograph, particularly at sunrise.

Visited March 2013
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Fairbanks, Alaska
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“must see at sunrise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2013

Make sure you walk around the back. The construction of the Ahu is just as impressive and you can see the crater in the background.

Visited March 2013
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