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Reviewed December 15, 2017

The Ahu Vinapu area was one of my favorite Moai locations, mainly due to the architecture. There are three platforms (Ahu) at this location, Vinapu, Tahira and a third Ahu located within the fuel tank storage area which can not be accessed. While this site has not been restored and there are no standing Moai here, I really found the wall of Ahu Tahira to be interesting as it is constructed very much like important Inca constructions, with large blocks that have a perfect stone on stone fit. Because of this construction is has been suggested that their must have been contact between the islanders and one of the early South American cultures that were talented stone masons like the Inka or the Tiwanaku cultures. If visiting this location on a tour, you may not get the opportunity to actually view this wall though, during our visit there were 2 tour groups that visited the site, both groups arrived and went directly to Ahu Vinapu and then left, without seeing the sea side of Ahu Tahira, so you may have to visit this site on your own if you would like to see this bit of architecture.

Thank Lyle W
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Reviewed October 16, 2017 via mobile

This site is uninteresting at first, until you look a bit closer. The carvings and ahu itself are unlike the others on the island.

Thank QuickWhitTravel
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Reviewed September 28, 2017

The main attraction at this site is a wall similar to those built in Peru with the stones very very close together. The moai here have all been tipped over during the civil wars. There are pieces
spread all over. Interesting place.

Thank mrscleo
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Reviewed June 7, 2017

While all of the Moai I saw on Easter Island had distinct characteristics, the Ahu Vinapu was even more distinct as evidenced by an Incan influence. The wall of the Ahu was thinner than the others I visited. In addition, the facial characteristics were different from the majority of Moai I saw. I was particularly impressed with how tight the seams in the primary Ahu were. This apparently aided in preventing damage from earthquakes. The quality of the work included the pukao, the reddish stone carved into circular tops for Moai in the late Moai construction period. There were nice examples of the pukao on the Vinapu site.

This was a great site to compare the distinct characteristics of the Moai at this site to Moai at other sites on Rapa Nui.

Thank jonahNJ
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Reviewed May 31, 2017 via mobile

This an old platform where the moaïs use to stand. The site has been destroyed by the French with dynamite. They where looking for treasure. You can still see the hole made by the explosion. One interesting thing is the stone masonry of the youngest wall (stones on the side not standing up). This is very similar of other sites in south america, particularly in Peru. Not a must see.

Thank Michel L
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