Try to uncover the hidden histories of the moai statues on a guided tour today. These colossal sculptures carved in volcanic rock are scattered throughout the island. Visit the ahu or ceremonial platforms starting with Ahu Vaihu, an iconic monument comprised of moais that curiously lay face down on the ground. Next, discover Ahu Akahanga, the burial place of the first ruler of the island, King Hotu Matu’a. Extending over 81m long and 3m wide, the majestic platform is decorated with red stones and features eroded petroglyphs. Next, dig deep into the island’s geological past and explore the Rano Raraku Volcano, located near the southern coast at the foot of Poike volcano. One of the island’s most esteemed archaeological sites, it possesses a crater lake some 50m deep and its open quarry was once a source of rock used to craft the moai. Then marvel at the Ahu Tongariki, the grandest ahu on the island made up of an astounding fifteen moais. Although it was destroyed in May 1960 by a tsunami, it has since been restored due to the generosity of Japanese donors. Continue on to see Moai Paro, the largest statue on the island at Ahu Te Pito Kura. Finally, take a break from the past and relax at Anakena, one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Return to the hotel in Hanga Roa.
Note: A packed lunch is included in the tour.