Ahu Tongariki

Ahu Tongariki, Easter Island

Ahu Tongariki
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Ancient Ruins • Points of Interest & Landmarks
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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15 Of The Island's Famous Moai Statues Stand Here In A Military Lineup Upon A Flat Rock Platform.
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ruthandvern
Wilton, CA14 065 contributions
The summit of awesomeness
Mar 2020
18 Mar 2020 pre-evacuation: We were mesmerized by the magnitude of this site. As everyone notes, 15 Huge Moai figures facing West. The location has ample space and artifacts to keep you actively interested for an hour or more.
Written 10 February 2021
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DERtravels
Upland, CA1 346 contributions
15 Figures aligned
Jan 2020
A tsunami devastated this area in the 1960's. These 15 figures were reconstructed in the 1990's for all the world to see the mammoth figures in their splendour.
Written 31 December 2020
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Sachin K
Plainview, NY5 799 contributions
Highlight of Easter Island
Dec 2019 • Family
Ahu Tongariki is the largest ahu(platform) on Easter Island. It’s moais were toppled during the island's civil wars, and in the twentieth century the ahu was swept inland by a tsunami. It has since been restored and has fifteen moais, including one that weighs eighty-six tonnes, the heaviest ever erected on the island. Ahu Tongariki is in the Hotu-iti area of Rapa Nui National Park. All the moais here face sunset during the summer solstice. It was a flabbergasting experience to see these giant moais up close. Plenty of photograph opportunities around this particular attraction. Essentially it is the highlight of the trip to Easter Island and is visited by every tourist on the island.
Written 22 November 2020
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adcdiving
Antwerp, Belgium151 contributions
Tongariki is the top location
Mar 2020
The Tongariki site is the place on Easter Island that everyone has seen on a photo before, because here are no fewer than 15 gigantic Moai statues neatly lined up. Very impressive and extremely photogenic. Top location!
Written 22 September 2020
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deborahk3
Maidstone, UK1 780 contributions
Ahu Tongariki
Jun 2019
Ahu Tongariki is the largest stone platform (ahu) on the island. The moais were toppled during the islands civil wars and in more recent times, the ahu was swept inland by a tsunami. It has since been restored and has 15 moai, including one that weighs in excess of eighty tonnes; the heaviest on Easter Island. All of the moai here face sunset during the summer solstice and they really are a sight to behold. This really is a most spectacular sight and a must on any visit to this beautiful and intriguing island.
Written 22 May 2020
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Mimi
5 contributions
spectacular
Dec 2019
I love this tiny island and its people, and feel it is over-touristed. 120,000+ visitors a year leave more trash than the place can handle.
Written 23 April 2020
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WImom
Fond du Lac, WI2 339 contributions
Amazing!
Jan 2020
Don't miss this gem! This is the iconic site of Easter Island that is often shown in photos. It depicts how the ancient people were part of a megalithic culture. It is the largest reconstructed site on the island and also the largest reconstructed temple in all of Polynesia. This site has 15 moai that were restored in the 1980s after a huge tsunami came ashore in 1960 and tossed 80 ton moai as far as 1500 feet inland. This site is near the Rano Raraku Volcano. Best lighting is sunrise or mid/ate afternoon.
Written 14 April 2020
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Hamish
Heidelberg, Australia71 contributions
Incredible at sunrise
Apr 2019
Get to this place prior to sunrise, get yourself a good spot to sit and simply wait for the magic to happen
Written 25 March 2020
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adrian m
Harrogate, UK142 contributions
Far more impressive in real life
Mar 2020
Ahu Tongariki a platform and stand of 15 Moai is one of those images in books that defy comprehension. In real life they are mind-blowing. Trying to appreciate how these massive stone statues could carved and then moved around the island is nothing short of amazing. You have to see them to appreciate just what was achieved by the natives - All the photos seen over the years do not do them justice.
Written 25 March 2020
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JoniA1
Carpinteria, CA180 contributions
Magical
Mar 2020
One of the most beautiful experiences of my life was watching the sunrise behind the moai 🗿 in Tongariki! It is just spectacular! Tongariki itself is an amazing burial site for them so it is very sacred. If you turn around and look inland, you will see Rano Raraku where all the moai were carved before being moved.
The sunrise from here is truly breathtaking and something you should not pass up!
Written 22 March 2020
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