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Experience – Ahu Tongariki – Easter Island, Chile.

  • Location: Ahu Tongariki, Easter Island, Valparaíso, Chile (Google Maps)
  • Hours: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
  • Recommended Time: 2 hours
  • How to Arrive: By car, biking, 4 Wheeler / ATV
  • Distance from Hanga Roa: 20.3 km / 12.6 miles
  • Ideal Month(s): All Year

Ahu Tongariki houses the largest stone platform on Easter Island. This platform, known as an ahu, is lined up on a 200 meter (650 foot) long podium. Its moais were toppled during the island’s civil wars, and in the twentieth century the ahu was swept inland by a tsunami. Ahu Tongariki has since been restored and has fifteen moai, including one that weighs eighty-six tonnes, the heaviest ever erected on the island. Tongariki, whose name refers to easterly winds, is located on the eastern end of the south coast of Easter Island, one kilometer from Rano Raraku in the Hotu-iti area of Rapa Nui National Park. All moai here face sunset during the summer solstice.

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