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All the statutes were knocked down years ago so there is not much to see. Some of the statutes have been knocked down and all you can see are the back of them. There are a few head dresses dotted around. I know it is...More
At Vinapu, you see the moai statues lying face down, because they were knocked down in a late period, when ancestor worshipping is no longer encouraged. Very sad but a good lesson to learn from history
When we visited this site we were told that this is where the only female moai is sited. She is carved from the same red rock as the top knots which is different from all the other moai on the island. Very interesting.
Located close to the airport the stone walls show a level of masonry skill similar to the Incas of Peru in the close jointing between blocks, cut to perfection. It is here that the only female Moai can be found although search as I might...More
Vinapu 1 and Vinapu 2 sit at the south eastern end of the airport runway and provide good examples of the stonework expertise of the ancients. The site also has one of the only female moai found on the island.
Different from other ahu on the island the moais at Ahu Vinapu were not restored to their original position. But it's this feature that lets you check the composition of the platforms. There are 2 ahu here, but one is different from any other on...More
The cool thing about this stop on the national park circuit is the construction of the stones and how they were fitted together so perfectly. We’d seen similar architecture done by the Incans in Peru. How did they do this?
There are no standing moai here. There is an interesting ahu, which has stones fitting together like some of the constructions we saw near Cuzco in Peru, which makes you wonder about Inca connections. Not one of the most picturesque historic sites on Easter Island,...More