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"South Coast" Top 5 Page for this destination Easter Island Things to Do Tip by pure1942

Easter Island Things to Do: 304 reviews and 693 photos

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by pure1942
  • South Coast - Easter Island
      South Coast
    by pure1942
  • South Coast - Easter Island
  • South Coast - Easter Island
  • South Coast - Easter Island
  • South Coast - Easter Island

Easter Island’s southern coast is largely flat and grassy but has a wild rugged feel about it. The southern coast was my first foray out of Hanga Roa and a first real taste of the wildness of Easter Island’s coast and interior. Scattered all along the southern coast are various ahus and ceremonial villages where you can view many fallen moai, lying as they fell centuries ago during the inter-tribal warfare that marked the end of the moai era. While blown away by the re-erected moai statues, for me there is something even more special about the fallen moai as it shows an important part of the island’s history. Thankfully the wishes of some archaeologists who want to re-erect all of the island’s moai has been denied and in my opinion that is the correct decision. While re-erecting a number of the moai is worthwhile and beneficial in order to appreciate the true grandeur of these mighty statues, to re-erect all of the moai would cover over a hugely significant part of the island’s history and would actually destroy historical evidence.
Among the various ahus and ancient ceremonial sites along the island’s southern coast, Ahu Vaihu, Ahu Akahanga and Ahu Hanga Tetenga are the most accessible and worthwhile sites. All of these sites have fallen moai with the most impressive being at Ahu Vaihu where there are eight fallen moai with pukao (topknots) scattered around. At Ahu Akahanga are the remains of a ceremonial area and village houses as well as underground cave dwellings which you can explore...bring a flash light! Ahu Tetenga has a forlorn set of fallen moai, broken into pieces when they were torn down centuries ago.

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