Papa Vaka

Papa Vaka, Easter Island

Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins • Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Stella R.
Brasilia, DF26 contributions
Worth a quick stop...
Feb 2020
I'm just so sorry about this place. It's absolutely abandoned, with no maitenance. We entered to check it out just because we've seen the indication of petroglyphs in our map. The visit didn't last more than ten minutes, as there are just a few (and very worn out) boards explaining the carvings. The rocks in which the carvings were made are also abraded, seemingly derelicted. Worth a quick stop.
Written 14 February 2020
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bukagirl
New Jersey3 735 contributions
A quick stop
Jan 2020 • Solo
They say the best time to see the Petroglyphs is early morning or at dusk, I went midday was able to see some, they have signs explaining what you are looking at, the signs are not in the best condition.
If you are going by worth a quick look.
Written 1 January 2020
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Renan
168 contributions
So hard to see anything but you can do it in 5min
Sep 2019
Since it's along the way, you can stop and see it in 5min. Nothing spectacular and it's super hard to see what was carved hundred of years ago
Written 24 October 2019
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Ngoc
Vancouver, Canada33 contributions
Petroglyphs
Sep 2019
Some are well worn by weather and age, a bit hard to decipher. Overall, a nice exposure to Rapa Nui history
Written 23 September 2019
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dselvan
Warrington, UK2 498 contributions
Lots of petroglyphs but not maintained at all
Feb 2019
This is one of the areas with lots of petroglyphs. However they have not been maintaied or protected, so it is very hard to see them. Saw a few birds of prey which was more interesting. We were quite disappointed at the state of the petroglyphs which should really be protected since they are going to erode away in a few years!! This could be a great place if restored or protected.
Written 26 August 2019
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Robert D
37 contributions
Petroglyphs for the Eagle-Eyed
Mar 2019 • Solo
This site is along the northwest coast road east of Anakena and displays several sets of ancient petroglyphs. Best seen early in the morning or in late afternoon so that the angle of the sun highlights the relief.
Written 20 March 2019
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gbruels
Friday Harbor, WA352 contributions
Nearly unreadable petroglyphs
Feb 2019 • Friends
It's hard to recommend stopping here. The petroglyphs have been exposed to the elements for so long that very few of them are still readable. If you have a good imagination and follow the signs closely, it might be worth a stop. Otherwise, lots of better things to see.
Written 24 February 2019
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Linda Y
Frisco, TX4 154 contributions
Sea Petroglyphs
Oct 2018 • Couples
Papa Vaka allows for the most accessible viewing of petroglyphs on the island. Being located on the coast, its no surprise that the figures are related to the sea. Tuna, shark, turtles, fish hooks and canoes are visible on large basalt slabs. The main figure is a large double canoe. Legends say perhaps it was carved in memory of the great boat that brought the ancient ancestors to the island. An easy-walking trail winds through the area, and informational displays describe the petroglyphs. A real plus are the viewing platforms that allow you to look down on the rocks. If you’re driving the coast road, make sure you include a stop at Papa Vaka.
Written 22 December 2018
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Unelma333
Karlsruhe, Germany1 161 contributions
A nice stop
Oct 2018 • Couples
This was my favourite stop between Anakena beach and Ahu Tongariki. There are a few petroglyphs connected to the sea. You can clearly distinguish canoes, fish hooks, fish... My favourite was the octopus/squid. Fascinating that they were able to do these carvings such a long time ago and that they are still preserved. Definitely worth a visit.
Written 19 November 2018
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KYtraveler79
Cincinnati, OH924 contributions
Just ok
Sep 2018 • Solo
I stopped by since I was driving past it but it didn't take long to see. I was there maybe 10 min but I'm glad I saw it.
Written 14 November 2018
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