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Places of Interest Easter Island
The number one main reason why people come to Easter Island is to see the Moai statues. There are 887 Moai’s dotted around the Island, most in disrepair, but a good number stand upright in a line atop a ceremonial earthen mound covered in stones (the mound is called an “Ahu”).
 
Moai
There are certain locations around the Island where “Ahu’s” with Moai can be viewed, the best regarded viewing locatins are at:
 
Huria Urenga (outskirts of Hanga Roa)
Te Ata Hero (in Hanga Roa)
Te Peu (in Hanga Roa)
Tongariki (near to the Rano Rarku Moai Quarry)
Nau Nau (Anakena Beach)
 
Quarry
The quarry where the Moai were carved from is at Rano Raraku.
 
Volcanoes
The island is entirely volcanic, but there are two water-filled volcanic craters that warrant a visit. The largest and most impressive is the Rano Kau with a reed-covered lake in its crater. Visible from a number of view points.
 
The other volcanic water-filled crater is the Rano Raraku, where reeds grow and birds nest.
 
Petroglyphs
At the Orongo ruins, located on the south-western rim of the Rano Kau volcano, there are clear “Bird Man” petroglyphs on some of the rocks.
 
Dwellings
There are many volcanic caves around the Island where Rapa Nui will have lived at one time as well as the restored ruins at Orongo, where the Bird Man competition was observed from. Also, at many of the “Ahu” there is often evidence of what could have been a dwelling.
 
Beach
There is one principal, sandy beach, frequented by locals and tourists alike. It is called Anakena, located about 8 km from Hanga Roa, offering a white-sand beach, clear, warm sea for bathing, but only 300 mts long.
 
Horse Riding
They say there are more horses on Easter Island than people! This is because they are allowed to roam freely and breed equally as freely. Horse riding is easily arranged and is a good way to get around, take in the views and explore the Island.
 
Evening Polynesian Song and Dance Shows
There are two types of Polynesian song and dance shows depicting the tribal dance routines between man and woman in the courtship ritual. The shows are incredibly invigorating, full of energy, filled with song and rhythm and are well worth it.
 
Hikes
There are many hikes to enjoy on Easter Island, The Explora hotel (the best all-inclusive service hotel on the Island) offers guided hikes and excursions in general, and among the hikes offered by Explora are:
 
Walk to Hanga Oteo
Duration: 4.5 to 5.5 hours (half-day). Walking 4 to 5 hours. Length: 13.5 km. Itinerary: Travel from explora Rapa Nui to Te Peu by van (15 min). Walk along a trail that borders steep cliffs and offers spectacular views. Visit natural bathing pools, cross locally owned fields and view numerous archeological sites. Arrival at Anakena Beach. Picnic on the beach. Return by van to explora Rapa Nui (20 min). Level: Medium.
 
From the Te Peu to Hanga Roa
Duration: 2 to 3 hours (half-day). Walking 1.5 to 2.5 hours. Length: 6.5 km. Itinerary: Travel from explora Rapa Nui to Te Peu by van (15 min). Walk along a trail that borders steep cliffs and offers spectacular views. View Motu Tautara and the astonishing Las Dos Ventanas cave. Arrive at Hanga Roa, first passing Tahai and ending at Pea. Numerous archeological sites along the way. Return by van to explora Rapa Nui (5 min). Level: Easy.
 
Ara O Te Moai (The Moai Route)
Duration: 3 to 3.5 hours (half-day). Walking 2.5 to 3.5 hours. Length: 7 km. Itinerary: Travel from explora Rapa Nui to Hanga Tetenga by van (15 min).
Walk along Ara O Te Moai, the trail once used to transport the moai sculptures; view numerous overturned moai along the way. Climb to Rano Raraku, the moai stone quarry, with views of the interior of the crater. Walk along the volcano’s edge and arrive at the natural rock pools at One Makihi. Picnic lunch. Return by van to explora Rapa Nui (20 min). Level: Easy.
 
Alturas del Poike
Duration: 4 to 4.5 hours (half-day). Walking 3 to 4 hours. Length: 8.5 km. Itinerary: Travel from explora Rapa Nui to Piko Mahore by van (30 min). Walk along an upward sloping trail (300 meters) that borders a steep cliff, and pass through Maunga Parehe and the Maunga Tea-Tea. View the Vai Aheva fountain. Climb to Puka Katike and then walk down to Tongariki to view 15 moais. Return by van to explora Rapa Nui (25 min). Level: Medium.
 
Climb to Tereveka
Duration: 3 to 4 hours (half-day). Walking 2 to 2.5 hours. Length: 6 km. Itinerary: Travel from explora Rapa Nui to Rano Aroi by van (20 min). The
walk begins at Rano Aroi, then climbs from Maunga Kuma to Maunga Terevaka to appreciate spectacular views of the island from its highest point. The trail continues northeast toward Anakena along high coastal ridges that gradually descend to the beach, where guests may swim. Return to explora Rapa Nui
by van (25 min). Level: Medium.
 
The Tangata Manu Route
Duration: 2 to 3 hours (half-day). Walking 2 to 3 hours. Length: 7 km. Itinerary: Travel from explora Rapa Nui to Vinapu by van (5 min). View Ahu Tahira. Walk along a trail that borders ascending steep cliffs (250 meters), arriving at the edge of the Rano Kau crater. Spectacular views of the ocean and the interior of the volcano. Walk along the crater to Orongo. Visit the significant ceremonial site of Tangata Manu (Bird Man) worship. Return by van to explora Rapa Nui (5 min). Level: Easy.
 
Te Pito O Te Henua (The Navel of the World)
Duration: 3.5 to 4.5 hours (half-day). Walking 3 to 3.5 hours. Length: 9.5 km. Itinerary: Travel from explora Rapa Nui to Ana Okeke by van (40 min). Walk
along a descending trail that borders the northern coast of the island. View Ana Okeke, Maunga Parehe. Fishing cove “La Perousse,” local villagers and archeological sites along the way. Arrive at the Ovahe beach. Return by van to explora (25 min). Level: Easy.
 
Walk to Te Miro Oone
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours (half-day). Walking 2 to 2.5 hours. Length: 6.5 km. Itinerary: Travel from explora to Te Miro Oone by van (15 min). Walk along a trail that offers panoramic views of the southeast side of the island. Climb along Maunga Kahurea and continue along Ara o te Moai. Numerous moai along the trail, arrive at Hanga Te
Tenga ahu. Return by van to explora (15 min). Level: Easy.
 
To Te Miro Oone by Bicycle
Duration: 2 to 3 hours by bicycle (half-day). Length: 18 km. Itinerary: Travel from explora to Te Miro Ooneon bicycle, along the principal route that crossesthrough pretty forested sections of the island. Descendtoward the southern coast, with views of variousmotu and archeological sites, following the coastal
route until reaching Tahira. Return to explora from Vinapu. Level: Easy.
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