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Anakena
ANAKENA BEACH

Located 18 km from Hanga Roa, Anakena beach is known for its warm water and white sand, as well as the two monuments that were restored in 1954: Ahu Ature Huki and Nau Nau. It has an incredible archaeological value because it was the first ancient city in the island, founded by the first king of Rapa Nui, Ariki Hotu Matua.

Ahu Akivi
AHU AKIVI

This is an archaeological complex with 7 statues look toward the ocean. According to tradition, these 7 moai represent the first seven explorers that reached the island, sent by the king Hotu Matu’a. What makes Ahu Akivi different from other moai sites on the island is that it is not on the coast and the moai are looking towards the ocean (whereas all other moai look inland).

Orongo
ORONGO

Orongo was a religious town, where people celebrated the transition from winter to summer time. Orongo means “messenger place”, and it received that name because of the migratory birds that arrived there every year. The ceremonial village consists of a complex of 53 houses built with flat stones and a series of rocks bearing petroglyphs that symbolize fertility, the birdman and the Make Make, the great divinity in Rapa Nui culture.

Ranu Raraku
RANU RARAKU

This volcano was formed in the wake of activity from Maunga Terevaka. It was chosen by the people of Rapa Nui to provide the materials for their monumental carved stone statues thanks to the relative softness of its rocks. The statues were carved into the quarry wall and then transported to different Ahus (ceremonial centers). Work in the quarry ceased after the island's tribal wars, and the remaining Moai were left there, upright or toppled.

Ahu Tongariki
AHU TONGARIKI

It is the biggest ahu of Easter Island and this contains the heaviest moai statue of Rapa Nui, weighing 86 tons. This ancient cementery, 200 meters long that features 15 statues. It is the most important in Rapa Nui and it was restored between 1995 and 1996 by Chilean archaeologists, after its destruction by a tsunami in 1960. There are moais and pukao surrounding it.

Te Pito o Te Henua
TE PITO O TE HENUA

Te Pito o Te Henua is a huge round rock, representing the “world navel” to the island inhabitants. “Pito” means uterus, center and navel, meanwhile “henua” means earth, territory and universe. This stone is located at Te Pito Cura, which is not only perfectly round but also has magnetic properties.

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