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Reviewed January 6, 2018

You really should have a guide here who can relate to you the differences in the two ahus and to tell you about the female statue nearby. The more recent ahu, which was built in the style of the Incas, was destroyed by European explorers, who, when they saw its similarity to the Inca, tore it apart looking for gold. The female statue, most unusual as Moai were not carved as any particular sex, is made from the same material as the "hats" and is eroding badly. It was used as part of the burial ritual before the bones were buried in the ahus. Drawings exist of it from the early explorers.

Thank Deborah D
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Reviewed December 26, 2017

Possibly not worth going out of your way for, for us it was a starting point for a hike up to Ranu Kao, but the Incan style stone work is an interesting mystery.

Thank pom1972
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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.

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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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