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Ahu Vaihu

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Ahu Vaihu

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Sachin K wrote a review Nov. 2020
Plainview, New York5,758 contributions16,444 helpful votes
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This site is an offbeat tourist attraction in Easter Island. It is a restored village and gives a good insight into the former lives of Rapa Nui people. Certainly worth visiting with a local tour guide and very highly recommended for the offbeat traveler.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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WImom wrote a review Apr. 2020
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin2,339 contributions376 helpful votes
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This are two things of interest here. One is a reconstructed village and the other is a moai platform. To really appreciate the reconstructed village, a guide is needed. Without the guide, one would lack the understanding of how exactly these people lived. The guide showed us how the ancient chicken houses worked. There is a stone that is removed from the wall and the chickens continue to file out. Very amusing. The boat houses were explained in detail, as well as how they farmed and how they cooked. See photos for details. Towards the water is the platform used to support 8 moai, each one with its red topknot. The moai are now lying prone in the exact position that they were thrown over. In front of the platform, you will see a large round circle named paina , after the ceremony that used to take place inside it.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Katrien S wrote a review Feb. 2020
Ghent, Belgium1,987 contributions423 helpful votes
This site is best visited with a guide, as part of the village has been reconstructed. Here is a reconstructed house (very low, one can go inside), as well as stone structures in which they grew there vegetables and held chickens. The latter is the most elaborate and expensive structure, quite interesting that they spent so much more effort on a chicken coup than on their own houses. They did not eat the eggs, but chickens were priced meat (the other meats were rat and dog). The site also has, as all villages on this part of the island, an ahu with moai. The moai were thrown over and have so far not been re-erected. Nearby also lie some of the headdresses in red stone. Some of these have carvings in them, but they are of a later date.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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LookingForFamilyFun wrote a review Jan. 2020
Houston, Texas1,447 contributions326 helpful votes
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We visited this site and learned a lot about the moai-building culture and the history of the moai. There is no interpretation, though, so you have to have a guide to really enjoy it...and others were following our guide along listening in! This site is unique in that it has really good examples of the 'greenhouses' that the early cultures built (and some of the modern citizens still do) and how they used similar understanding to the Incas in their cultivation. There is also a reconstructed boat-shaped 'house'. Original foundation stones are at the Tahai site, but here they have actually reconstructed it so you can see what it would have looked like and even go inside. The Moai here aren't fabulous to see, but there are a lot of hats and everything is still in its toppled position, which is a reminder of how all of the moai were not very long ago. We also learned about how they were toppled...whether it was from a warring tribe or natural occurrence...the result is the same today and sobering, makes you evaluate how you want to spend your time and what you want to be remembered for! Nuku was our guide, our lodge, Kona Koa scheduled him for us and we were so very pleased. We spent a full day with Nuku at $120, we provided the transportation, and we felt like we didn't miss anything at Easter Island. Highly recommend a guide for at least one day here!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Gypsyrver wrote a review Dec. 2019
Pinellas Park, Florida96 contributions18 helpful votes
This Ahu is where the islanders destroyed 8 large Moai wh=ith a semi destroyed temple. Interesting to see the statues lying down.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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