Easter Island, Chile
Ahu Tongariki

15 monolithic giants.

Stationed along the eastern end of the south coast of Easter Island, Ahu Tongariki is the island’s largest Ahu (stone platform), with 15 strikingly personable monolithic human figures standing guard amidst the outline of the magnificent Rano Raraku Volcano and intense blue of Hanga Nui Bay. Highlights include the largest Moai on the island, weighing in at 86 tonnes, as well as the second Moai from the right, which has a decorative red hair know (Pukao) on its head. History buffs be sure to check out the fascinating turtle petroglyphs located close to the entrance of the site as well!

Enjoy stunning views of the sunrise from the Ahu Tongariki, especially between the summer solstice (December 21st) and autumn equinox (March 21st), during which the sun rises directly behind the impressive rock statues, casting an otherworld orange glow on the enigmatic Polynesian statues that make for unforgettable and singularly unique images.

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Tips Before You Go
Check out the sunrise at the Ahu Tongariki and then come back later in the day when most of the tourists are gone to enjoy the site in relative peace and quiet.
The park ticket valid for the national parks of Easter Island can be used for entry into Ahu Tongariki.
It is highly recommended to take a local guide for the site (i.e. book a local tour after arriving on Easter Island) for more affordable prices, and to gain fascinating insight into the area’s rich history and culture.
Easter Island, Valparaiso Region, Chile