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  • Address: Chile
  • Admission: Rapa Nui Park: $60 for non-Chileans

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Ana Kai Tangata Tours

An eerie cavern burrowing into the sea cliffs, Ana Kai Tangata is almost entirely hidden from view, camouflaged by the rocky coastline and lapping waves. Step inside the cave and you’ll soon realize why the spot is so renowned—the looming arches of black-rock are etched with an elaborate series of bird drawings, painted with a blend of natural earth and animal fats.

Thought to have been used by the island’s earliest settlers, the cave’s history remains a subject of speculation among archaeologists, but the name, which translates to the ambiguous "man eat cave," and the paintings, lend themselves to a number of theories. Most notable is the subject matter of the paintings—the manutaras, or black terns, depicted were also the focal point of Orongo’s annual Birdman ceremony, which took place during the autumn equinox and pitted Rapa Nui hopus (chiefs) against each other in a competition to retrieve a sacred manutara egg.

Practical Info

Ana Kai Tangata lies on the northwest coast of Easter Island, just a few kilometers south of Hanga Roa. The entrance fee to the Rapa Nui National Park is $60 for all non-Chileans (payable on arrival to the island) and includes entrance to Ana Kai Tangata.

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Private Easter Island Full-Day Tour, Hanga Roa, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Private Easter Island Full-Day Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Enjoy a full-day private tour of Easter Island learning about the historical Birdman Cult competition and seeing many stunning highlights of the island. Caves, ...  Read more

Location: Hanga Roa, Chile
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $200.00
Small-Group Full-Day Easter Island Highlights North and West, Hanga Roa, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Small-Group Full-Day Easter Island Highlights North and West

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Discover Easter Island's history, culture, and legends on this 6.5-hour tour. With a small group limited to 8 travelers, visit the important sites on the ...  Read more

Location: Hanga Roa, Chile
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $115.00
4-Day Tour of Easter Island: Moai Statues, Ahu Akivi and Akahanga, Hanga Roa, Full-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

4-Day Tour of Easter Island: Moai Statues, Ahu Akivi and Akahanga

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

Unravel the mysteries of Easter Island on a four-day tour that highlights the enigmatic island's top attractions. You’ll tour the poignant archaeological site ...  Read more

Location: Hanga Roa, Chile
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $595.00

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