The famous moai statues are the iconic symbols of Easter Island. On this trip to Ahu Akivi, we will visit some of the most important archaeological sites and discover just how important they are in Rapanui culture.
Ahu Akivi Trip
After collecting from you from your hotel on the island, we will travel to Ahu Akivi, one of the few moai sites located away from the coastline.
You will witness the seven moai of this sacred place, which faces exactly at the sunset during the March equinox. The moai of Ahu Akivi are the only Rapanui monuments to be situated so precisely in relation to an astronomical phenomenon.
As we tour this sanctuary, you will discover the significance of Ahu Akivi. Legend has it that the seven moai statues represent the seven explorers that discovered the island after a long and arduous trip from another island in what is today referred to as Polynesia.
Next, we will explore Ahu Vinapu, a ceremonial site dominated by a grand basalt stone carved platform. Next to these imposing dark blocks, you will find the remains of destroyed moai or some which remain unfinished.
The tour will then take us to Panu Pau, a quarry situated on a small volcanic crater where the Rapanui mined a distinctive red color sandstone. The sculptures of Easter Island used this rock to make the ‘pukao’ stone headdresses that can still be seen today on the top of some of the maoi. The ‘pukao’ was a typical hair bun that the Rapanui used to wear.
The last stop on the itinerary will be the Ahu Huri a Urengo site which is home to a four-armed Moai known as ‘The Astronomer’. This statue is positioned to coincide exactly with the June equinox.
When we have finished, we will return you to your hotel.
The trip takes place in archaeological sites that belong to the Rapa Nui National Park. The tickets for the park are not included in the price of the trip (80 USD approx.) and can be acquired at Mataveri airport and in different tourist offices around Hanfo Roa.
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Tour in English
Children from 2 to 5 years oldUS$ 20
Children under 2 years oldFree
The tour includes an English speaking guide, but the tour can sometimes be carried out in two languages.
Hotel pick up and drop off.
English speaking guide.
Entry to the Rapa Nui National Park (80 USD).
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
You can book up to 2 days before (Easter Island local time) if there are still places available.
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).