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The trek along the western coast of the island is well rewarded with another remarkable ahu site. While none of the moai have been re-erected, Ahu Te Peu is more notable for its outstanding masonry and construction techniques. The ahu platform has similarities to that of Vinapu, with the same skill and craftsmanship displayed throughout the construction. As at Vinapu, the precise masonry has had some theorists and archaeologists draw comparisons between the stone work on Rapa Nui and that of the Incas in South America, which in turn has led some to conclude a possible link between the two cultures.
As well as the impressive ahu platform at Te Peu, the site gives a great insight into a typical traditional village as the remains of many stone buildings can be seen here and you are free to wander about the site freely, although as at all the heritage sites on the island, you are forbidden from climbing on the sacred ahu platform and touching any of the artefacts. The village displays fine examples of ?hare paenga? and ?hare vaka? (boat shaped houses), ?manavai? (traditional greenhouses), ?hare moa? (hen houses) and ?umu pae? (earth ovens). A particular ?hare vaka? of note is the 40 metre long building known as ?Ko Te Hare Mangai a Tira Koka?. According to local tradition, this house was supposed to belonged to Tu?u Ko Ihu, who was a reknowned wood carver and creator of the ?moai kavakava?. (See Local Customs Tips for more on the moai kavakava)
As if this were not enough to warrant a visit to Ahu Tepeu, the site also offers visitors the unique chance of getting up close and personal to several giant moai heads. The heads which have cracked from the moai bodies, are lying upright and staring bleakly back at the ahu, as if hoping for the day that someone will restore their dignity and reinstate them to their rightful place atop the ahu. Remember that although you can get very close to these heads, it is important that you don?t touch any of them.
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