1. Anakena Beach and the Lost Culture of Rapa Nui Tour
From your hotel in Hanga Roa, your tour group heads toward the south-east and north-east of the island to visit the Ahu Vaihu, a temple composed of a well-worked stone platform where 8 moais with pukaos are scattered nearby - these are the giant stone statues of heads with hats that are part of what make this island world-famous. Here you can also find the Ahu Akahanga, formed by 4 platforms, 12 moais (head statues) and 8 pukaos (hat statues). From here you can see one of the best preserved villages of the island. The trip continues towards the Rano Raraku volcanic crater, formed of consolidated volcanic ash. Rano Raraku is a visual record of moai design vocabulary and technological innovation, where 397 moai remain. Ahu Tongariki is the most surprising ahu (shrine) on the island, with 15 giant moais. Ahu Te Pito Kura has the largest statue erected on an ahu, the Paro Moai (10 meters, weighing 85 tons) and a pukao with a weight of 11.5 tons. It is believed that the last statue was demolished by 1840. The ahu is located next to a large stone ball that is identified as the center of the world (Te Pito o Te Henua), which according to legend was brought by King Hotu Matua by boat. During excavations, an extraordinary eye pupil of white coral red slag was found, and nowadays it is exhibited at the Museum of the Island. Finish your tour at Anakena beach, known for its white sand beach, warm waters, and its own moais, before returning to your hotel.