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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Admission: Rapa Nui Park: $60 for non-Chileans
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4-Day Tour of Easter Island: Moai Statues, Ahu Akivi and Akahanga

Uncover the ancient mysteries of Easter Island on a comprehensive 4-day tour of the island’s most enigmatic attractions. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, see the atmospheric ruins of the ancient temple of Akahanga;delve into the history of the poignant archeological site, Ahu Akivi; and see captivating collections of moai statues scattered across the landscape. Gaze at the vibrant bird paintings of Ana Kai Tangata and select from luxurious 3.5- or 4-star accommodation during this enriching excursion.
  • Duration: 4 days
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Private Easter Island Full-Day Tour

Avoid overcrowded Easter Island tours with this private tour of the island that includes round-trip transport from your hotel. It’s perfect for travelers short on time because it packs in a ton of highlights in just one day. See Vinapu, Ahu Akivi, and Rano Kau, Puna Pau quarry, Orongo, and the Ana Kai Tangata cave. A guide tells you historical stories as you go, including a unique tale about cannibalism.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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