Rano Raraku

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Rano Raraku: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • Anakena Beach and the Lost Culture of Rapa Nui Tour

    1. Anakena Beach and the Lost Culture of Rapa Nui Tour

    From your hotel in Hanga Roa, your tour group heads toward the south-east and north-east of the island to visit the Ahu Vaihu, a temple composed of a well-worked stone platform where 8 moais with pukaos are scattered nearby - these are the giant stone statues of heads with hats that are part of what make this island world-famous. Here you can also find the Ahu Akahanga, formed by 4 platforms, 12 moais (head statues) and 8 pukaos (hat statues). From here you can see one of the best preserved villages of the island. The trip continues towards the Rano Raraku volcanic crater, formed of consolidated volcanic ash. Rano Raraku is a visual record of moai design vocabulary and technological innovation, where 397 moai remain. Ahu Tongariki is the most surprising ahu (shrine) on the island, with 15 giant moais. Ahu Te Pito K...

  • Easter Island: Moai Sites and Anakena Beach Private Tour

    2. Easter Island: Moai Sites and Anakena Beach Private Tour

    After pickup from your hotel in Hanga Roa, start the tour with a visit to Ahu Vaihu and Akahanga. These temples are where Pukaos hats have been placed on top of some Moai statues. Akahanga originally contained about a dozen Moai and is believed to be the burial site of the Polynesian king Hoto Matu’a. Continue the journey and head to Rano Raraku, a volcanic crater that also contains a lagoon. The volcano has historical significance for the island, because the Moai were carved on its slopes. Currently, 397 of these impressive sculptures remain there. Then visit the most amazing Ahu, a ceremonial platform, on the island. Ahu Tongariki is the largest ceremonial site with an impressive row of 15 upright Moai. It is one of the most visited tourist spots in Easter Island. The Tongariki Moai underwent a restoration process, not only due to the collapse caused by the tribes that lived there, b...

  • Easter Island: Horseback Ride to Maunga Terevaka

    3. Easter Island: Horseback Ride to Maunga Terevaka

    Start your tour with a pickup from your accommodation in Hanga Roa and head to Maunga Terevaka, the highest peak on the island at 511 meters (1676 feet).  Climb up a nice little rise that offers 360-degree views of the entire Easter Island. After arriving, ascend on horseback to the highest point of the island. Pass by Rano Aroi, a small crater with an interior lagoon covered with reeds, which is a reserve of freshwater on the island. Continue the tour to the Rano Kau and Rano Raraku deposits, to be able to see them up close.  At the end head back to the base on the back of a horse.

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