Easter Island Travel Guide

Easter Island Sights

Ahu Vinapu

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Published 01/20/2011

Fodor's Review

The appeal of this crumbled ahu isn't apparent until you notice the fine masonry on the rear wall. Anyone who has seen the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu in Peru can note the similar stonework. This led Norwegian archaeologist Thor Heyerdahl to theorize that Rapa Nui's original inhabitants may have sailed here from South America. By now it has been established that the first settlers were Polynesian, though evidence points to contact with South America early on. The moai here still lie where they were toppled, including one face up, which is unusual, as most were knocked face-down.

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Southeast of Hanga Roa along Av. Hotu Matu'a, Easter Island, Valparaíso, Chile

Published 01/20/2011


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