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Ahu Akahanga

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Ahu Akahanga

551 Reviews
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Sachin K wrote a review Nov. 2020
Plainview, New York5,756 contributions15,952 helpful votes
This attraction is an interesting one and different from other attractions. One can see an ahu(platform) in ruins with all of its moai fallen face down or on their backs, most likely toppled after the clan wars. At the entrance to this site one will see some well-preserved ruins of an ancient village with a number of earth ovens (umu pae), the boat-houses (hare vaka) as well as some paved areas which will show you a little of how the people of Rapa Nui used to live. Very close to here you will also find a small cave that was used as shelter for those who did not have a boat house. Behind the main ahu, one will find another moai that has been toppled as well as an unusually small moais that would have been one of the first ones to be built. Certainly would very highly recommend visiting this attraction to any traveler and especially those who are eager to have an off beat experience on Easter Island.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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adcdiving wrote a review Sep. 2020
Antwerp, Belgium152 contributions62 helpful votes
In Akahanga there are recreated houses from the past and some statues lying down. This is the least sight seeing.
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Date of experience: March 2020
deborahk3 wrote a review May 2020
Maidstone, United Kingdom1,774 contributions394 helpful votes
At Ahu Akahanga lay the remains of a small village near the south coast of the Island. At the entrance to the site, there are the stone foundations of a number of houses where it is thought the old inhabitants lived. Close to the houses there are several stone ovens. Close by and facing the sea, is a small cave, thought to provide shelter to the fishermen from the elements. The Ahu Akahanga stands on the left in front of the sea and this large platform has not been restored. The statues lie both face down and face up allowing you to better see the features. According to Island tradition, the first king of the island is buried close by, however, excavations carried out in recent times have not uncovered any remains of the king. Interesting and significant site on the Island.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Katrien S wrote a review Feb. 2020
Ghent, Belgium1,987 contributions423 helpful votes
This is one of the sites that has not yet been reconstructed to an often unknown original state Most of the statues were toppled as the European started to arrive, probably in a civil war between the tribes on the island. Here you see the site how the original population left it. The moai thus still lie face down, with the red headdress stones lying a bit further. These were thus all rather late moai. However, on the site also lie several smaller and older moai open to be seen (in most sites they are still covered by ahu).
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Date of experience: January 2020
Nastame wrote a review Feb. 2020
Harrogate, United Kingdom1,640 contributions517 helpful votes
....on Easter Island. Yes, it's an important site, but not too much to see. The site itself is in a nice spot but of limited appeal and things to see apart from the historical interest.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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