Ahu Vinapu

Ahu Vinapu, Easter Island

Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins
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Sachin K
Plainview, NY5 799 contributions
Interesting archaeological site
Dec 2019 • Family
Ahu Vinapu is an interesting archeological site in Easter Island. It has a ceremonial center, which includes one of the larger ahu(platform) on Rapa Nui. The ahu exhibits extraordinary stonemasonry consisting of large, carefully fitted slabs of basalt. This site was investigated by an American archaeologist, William Mulloy, in 1958. Certainly worth visiting for seeing the artwork from yesteryears, while in Easter Island.

Written 22 November 2020
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deborahk3
Maidstone, UK1 780 contributions
Ahu Vinapu
May 2020
Vinapu is part of the Rapa Nui National Park, which is a UNESCO world heritage site. Ahu Vinapu is an archaeological site that has one of the larger ahu on Easter Island. Ahu are large stone platforms, varying in layout. The Ahu shows great stone masonry, consisting of large, carefully fitted slabs of volcanic rock. It is thought that this accurately fitted stonework showed a link to Peru. The Stone wall faces towards sunrise at Winter Solstice and the site is well worth a visit with a guide.
Written 5 May 2020
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Katrien S
Ghent, Belgium1 984 contributions
Special ahu
Jan 2020
This was one of the reasons Thor Heyerdal assumed the population came from South America, the other the torotora reed and the sweet potato. Indeed the latter came from South-America, and DNA shows about 8% South-American influence. One of the 2 ahu on this site, the newest one (Heyerdal assumed it to be the older one) shows well fitted stones that makes one think of Inca buildings. On the whole island it is the only one that has well fitted stones, why is a mystery. On the site there is a never erected and finished moai, as well as toppled moai and a still standing, very slender female moai. The latter is also unique, originally had 2 heads, and is not standing on an ahu. So, a very interesting site that throws up a lot of exceptions and questions. Best visited with a guide, like nearly all the sites.
Written 24 February 2020
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Stella R.
Brasilia, DF26 contributions
Inca wall? Female Moai?
Feb 2020
I would strongly advice people to go to Ahu Vinapu with a guide. There are Moai and pukao spread over the site, but the most interesting place is the one with the wall that resembles Inca architecture, which is called Ahu Tahira. There's also a head of a Moai behind it. It's also said that there's a female Moai inside Vinapu, but it's not an unanimity (I mean, people aren't really sure that it is a female Moai). Maybe you would like to check out the female Moai that is in the Rapa Nui Museum, if that's a priority to you.
A place full of mystery, as almost everything in Rapa Nui!
Written 14 February 2020
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Bill M
Springfield, MO308 contributions
Shades of Peru
Jan 2020
This site contains one of the larger ahus on Rapa Nui. The ahu exhibits extraordinary stonemasonry consisting of large, carefully fitted slabs of basalt. It reminded me of the stone wall at Saqsaywaman which we saw in Peru although not nearly as massive. Still, it is fascinating to see the workmanship and wonder how it was possible.
You can walk much closer to the ahu than at most sites making it much more personal
Written 2 February 2020
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Charles W
Huntington Beach, CA2 257 contributions
A Mystery
Nov 2019
This Ahu is a mystery. The stone work resembles stone walls built by the Incas in Peru. There is a much older Ahu near by which has very crude stone work.
Written 20 November 2019
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Renan
168 contributions
It's a wall with a few very well Inca style cut stones
Sep 2019
What to say, the picture says it all. The place is small, not to be put on top of your list probably but a nice wonder of how they found out to cut the stones like Incas. Other than that it's ok, nothing spectacular.
Written 24 October 2019
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BongoBickford
Auckland, New Zealand296 contributions
A Place of Mystery
Jun 2019
Another fascinating area to be discovered on Easter Island. A site that asks more questions than answers adding to the mystery of the islands history.
Written 8 October 2019
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Ross B
Shenley, UK975 contributions
Not much to see
Sep 2019
All the statutes were knocked down years ago so there is not much to see. Some of the statutes have been knocked down and all you can see are the back of them. There are a few head dresses dotted around. I know it is a sacred site but it didn’t really interest me.
Written 24 September 2019
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Ngoc
Vancouver, Canada33 contributions
Good site
Sep 2019
At Vinapu, you see the moai statues lying face down, because they were knocked down in a late period, when ancestor worshipping is no longer encouraged. Very sad but a good lesson to learn from history
Written 23 September 2019
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