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  Ahu Tautira
by pure1942
  • Ahu Tautira - Easter Island
      Ahu Tautira
    by pure1942
  • Ahu Tautira - Easter Island
  • Ahu Tautira - Easter Island
  • Ahu Tautira - Easter Island

Patience is a virtue, but for the majority of visitors to Rapa Nui (myself included), the journey to this special place has been a long time dream and therefore the urge to dump your luggage and sprint straight to the nearest Moai statue is forgivable. The most accessible of these iconic sculptures is located right in the village by Hanga Roa Harbour. While no single Moai on Easter Island can be described as unimpressive, the Moai at Ahu Tautira is not the most memorable of the island?s 887 statues and if you can restrain yourself you would be better advised to avert your eyes and attention and head just north of the village for your first Moai sighting before returning to Tautira later. This is not to degrade the Moai at Tautira but after travelling so far do want your first sighting to be of one of the smaller, more unromantic sites or at one of the special sites such as Ahu Tahai, Ahu Ko Te Riku, Ahu Vai Uri and Ahu Akapu just a short walk north. (Bear in mind that to ?save? your first sighting for the famous Rano Raraku or Tongariki is almost impossible as you have to travel away from Hanga Roa for these sites and you won?t avoid seeing other Moai before arriving at these sites ;) This makes Ahu Tahai anud Ahu Akapu your best option for your initial ?virgin? encounter!

Of course having taken that unforgettable first peek at some of the magnificent Moais, wherever that may have been, you should stroll down to the Harbour to admire the two fine Moais located at Ahu Tautira. The restored Moai stand erect and although there are obvious signs of restoration around the neck and head the Moai are good examples of the famous Rapa Nui Moai.

Address: Caleta Hanga Roa
Directions: Follow Av Te Pito o Te Henua down from central Hanga Roa to the harbour and you will come to Ahu Tautira

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  • Updated Nov 2, 2011
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