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Experience – Anakena – Easter Island, Chile.

  • Location: Anakena, Easter Island, Valparaíso, Chile (Google Maps)
  • Hours: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Recommended Time: 4 hours
  • How to Arrive: By car, 4 Wheeler / ATV
  • Distance from Hanga Roa: 18.4 km / 11.4 miles
  • Ideal Month(s): All Year

Anakena is a white coral sand beach in Rapa Nui National Park on Easter Island. Anakena beach is home to two ahus; Ahu-Ature has a single moai and Ahu Nao-Nao has seven, two of which have deteriorated. It also has a palm grove and a car park. Anakena is one of only two small sandy beaches on Easter Island, which otherwise has rocky coastline.

Anakena, also known as Haŋa rau o te ‘ariki – The bay of the king, is considered the cradle of history and culture of Easter Island. It was here that the first king of the island, the Ariki Hotu Matu’a, landed with his men and established the first populated center that gave birth to the Rapa Nui culture.

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