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“I can't get enough of Moais”

Rapa Nui National Park
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Easter Island Moai Archaeology Tour: Ahu Akivi, Ahu Vinapu and Puna Pau
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Owner description: The landscape of Rapa Nui, the indigenous name for Easter Island, is an eerie exhibit of ancient cultural remnants of an abandoned desert-dwelling people.
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“I can't get enough of Moais”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

It is most marvellous to see such historical artifacts still half buried in earth in their "natural habitat", instead of a museum somewhere. Sure, this is partly due to the fact that there is not enough facility to preserve these thousand-year-old wonders, but its spectacular surroundings adds a great deal to the charm -- these Moais are charming. They seem to have such an innocent expression and an attitude all to itself. Unforgettable experience!!

Visited July 2013
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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“So worth the long trip to get here”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

I was sceptical but it is a truly fascinating place to visit. Do leave 3-4 days to get round otherwise you will be just doing it for the photo opportunity. You should take your time and soak up the magic and history.

Our guide, Paul from Tekareva really made it for us so do look him up.

Buy your park tickets at the airport as the park office is often closed and you can no longer buy tickets at the gate of some sites.

Visited April 2013
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Asheville, North Carolina
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“Easter Island/Rapa Nui Tour”
Reviewed June 7, 2013

Had a private tour with a local guide, Christophe Conwry ,( Rapa Nui Tour ) who was recommended to us as the best guide on the island. Have to agree. He was a true knowledgeable professional who took pride in sharing his knowledge of the island history.

Visited May 2013
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“Rapa Nui - the name sends shivers down my spine”
Reviewed May 30, 2013

The entire island is the Rapa Nui National Park and you can buy your ticket at the airport. Check though as our trip company had pre paid ours.

If you want a stamp in your passport then you have to go to the Post office in Hanga Roa which we discovered too late! there is no passport control in the airport either in or out.

There are many sites within the National park and you will need a car to get to them or take trips organised by the tour companies. Some you will find tricky to find by yourself as they are not well labelled and some of the roads are pretty poor and not tarred.

The Moai are fabulous and well worth seeing but the island is remote and flights go only from Santiago in Chile or Tahiti. the island is the most remote inhabited island and is about 2000 miles off the coast of Chile so this is not a cheap place to get to.

The statues are in various stages of disrepair and some have been restored onto their former ahu platforms but most are just lying around.

My favourite place was the former quarry with hundreds of these Moai lying around and was most photographic. You can see the largest Moai not complete and one huge one still partly attached to the rock it is being carved from.

Visited May 2013
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“Outstanding highlight”
Reviewed May 24, 2013

For me this was the highlight of our visit to Easter Island as this was the picture that I wanted to see. 15 giant moai standing on a platform. These were damaged by the tsuami in 1960 but are now all standing proudly by the beach looking inland. Nearby stands a lone one which is called 'keep away' due to the sign by it. You can see the moai from the nearby quarry and they still look spectactular, you can just imagine them walking away when all the tourists have gone home.

Visited May 2013
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