After hotel pickup from Hanga Roa, travel south with your guide into the park to Ahu Vinapu, one of the larger ceremonial sites. See how the precise cuts of basalt (a volcanic stone) that make up the platform are meticulously fitted together. It's arguably the most advanced masonry found on the island.
Continue north to Puna Pau to see how some moai sport a different look. You'll notice they have pukao, or topknots made out of red scoria on their heads. It's believed the volcanic rock was used to impress rival tribes. Roughly 30 pukao are located in or near the Puna Pau quarry, the source of the red scoria.
Break up the trip with a brief stop at the harbor of Hanga Piko to examine the restored Ahu Riata moai who watches over fishermen.
Then head to Ahu Akivi, where you’ll see a line of seven moai looking out toward the ocean. The moai here each stand 16 feet (5 meters) tall and weigh about 18 tons (16 metric tons). What's mysterious about these sea-facing figures? It's an unusual sight considering the other ahu moai stand with their backs against the water.
One theory behind their unusual position: These moai symbolize the seven explorers from the Polynesian homeland of Hiva sent by the chief to find the island of Rapa Nui (now Easter Island). According to this hypothesis, these statues face the ocean in the direction they came from.
After your engaging exploration of ahu moai, you’ll be taken back to your hotel.
Ahu Akivi, Ahu Vinapu and Puna Pau Archeological Tour
- Professional guide
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Transport by air-conditioned van or bus
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks
- Entrance fee to Rapa Nui National Park (30,000 Chilean pesos)
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and bring water and snacks
- Note: Port pickup is not available