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Easter Island Moai Archaeology Tour: Ahu Akivi, Ahu Tahai and Puna Pauâ Quarry.

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3 hours  (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Uncover the archaeological mysteries of Easter Island’s Rupa Nui National Park on this enthralling half-day excursion. Gaze in wonder at the distinctive ‘moai’ stone sculptures and gain insight into the island’s captivating history with an expert guide. Marvel at ancient masonry as you wander the verdant enclave of the park, appreciating stunning panoramas of the ocean. Visit the picturesque harbor town of Hanga Piko to observe a ceremonial moai, the stonework of which has perplexed experts for centuries.
  • Guided tour of sacred ceremonial sites in Rapa Nui National Park
  • See the famous seven moai of Ahu Akivi
  • Visit Ahu Vinapu, Puna Pau and Ahu Riata
  • View archeological evidence shedding light on Rapa Nui history and culture
  • Round-trip transport from Hanga Roa hotels included
Uncover the archaeological mysteries of Easter Island’s Rupa Nui National Park on this enthralling half-day excursion. Gaze in wonder at the distinctive ‘moai’ stone sculptures and gain insight into the island’s captivating history with an expert guide. Marvel at ancient masonry as you wander the verdant enclave of the park, appreciating stunning panoramas of the ocean. Visit the picturesque harbor town of Hanga Piko to observe a ceremonial moai, the stonework of which has perplexed experts for centuries.

LD: Depart from your hotel in Hanga Roa in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan to begin your enriching exploration of the Rapa Nui National Park, a cultural and natural sanctuary that sprawls across the majority of Easter Island. Alongside your expert archeologist guide, wander among 900 characteristic moai sculptures and discover their fascinating origin; carved from solidified volcanic ash, the precise masonry of each statue has mystified experts for centuries.

Visit the sprawling ceremonial site of Ahu Vinapu to see some of the most advanced masonry in the world, then continue north to Puna Puna to see alternative representations of maoi sculptures; note the distinctive red knots atop their heads, made from red scoria, an igneous rock with a vibrant red hue.

Refresh with a relaxing rest at the harbor of Hang Piko, not forgetting to examine the sacred structures deemed protective of the fishermen.

See, too, the colossal moai sculptures of Ahu Akivi, a line of seven 16-foot (5-meter) effigies that gaze solemnly out to sea; the sea-facing direction of the sculptures has confounded archaeologists for years due to the fact all of the other sculpture face inwards. Listen as your guide reveals intriguing theories regarding the reason for this anomaly.

Relax during your journey back to your hotel, where the engaging exploration of Easter Island concludes.

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Great service from the team. Reached...
Bernard J
, Aug 2018
Great service from the team. Reached out to me as I was running late and caught me up to the rest of the group
The tour guide was not friendly at...
Antonio E
, Mar 2018
The tour guide was not friendly at all when I ask him the same questions he mentioned and felt irritated.
Of the three tours on the island we...
Jorge G
, Jan 2018
Of the three tours on the island we took, this was the least satisfying.
Excellent tour, the ship had to land...
James D
, Dec 2017
Excellent tour, the ship had to land on the other side of island but still the tour bus met us. Did not charge any park entrance fee and an excellent multilingual guide.
The tour has beauiful sights and...
Enrique O
, Nov 2017
The tour has beauiful sights and some truly interesting archeological sites. The guide has a great personality, but there are several translation issues that make it difficult for english native speakers to get the big picture of the amazing history sorrounding the island.
The Moais are all over the island...
Emily Belize
, May 2017
The Moais are all over the island, but the guided tour was the best we could have done. My only regret was that I didn't book the full day. Awesome experience. My girls loved it and want to return to Easter Island for Christmas again.
Average tour guide and tour included...
Anthony C
, Jan 2017
Average tour guide and tour included long treks over difficult and hilly terrain. More strenuous than expected
This tour was a good introduction to...
alisonmm67
, Dec 2016
This tour was a good introduction to the many archaeological sites on Easter Island. I realised, however, that I had paid much more for the three tours that I went on than I would have done had I waited until my arrival on Easter Island to book them. That's my fault, of course, and I would have been bitterly disappointed if I'd arrived on the island and found that there were no tours available.
It was just great. The worst part...
Michael E
, Jun 2016
It was just great. The worst part was getting there and back. The tours were well organized and the tour guides excellent and informative. Christina was especially effective and helpful. But the most memorable were the local people, who were friendly and kind and made the whole experience unforgettable. I would recommend this trip to anyone.
This is one for those with more time...
MURDOCH S
, Nov 2015
This is one for those with more time on the Island or are keen on the building of the statues and platforms. It visits the one showing similarities with Inca stone work, The top Knot Quarry and the Inland site where the Moai look towards the sea.

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