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Ahu Tongariki Photo by Sharon Hynes — National Geographic Your Shot

Ahu Tongariki Photo by Sharon Hynes — National Geographic Your Shot

Rapa Nui National Park, Easter Island, Chile

Easter Island is a Polynesian island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean. Easter Island is famous for its 887 extant monumental statues, called moai, created by the early Rapa Nui people.

Moai statues on Easter Island at Ahu Akivi

4 Days in Easter Island- A Self-Guided Tour of Rapa Nui

4 days in Easter Island: Our self-guided tour of the natural wonders and archaeological sites in Easter Island, plus travel tips for visiting Rapa Nui.

Same way by Benjamin gs on 500px

Aka'hivi, the only ahu oriented face to the ocean on Easter Island (Rapa Nui) Canon / @

Moai are enormous: The largest one successfully transported from Easter's quarry and set upright on a pedestal was about 32 feet tall, more than 10 feet across at the shoulders, and weighed over 80 tons.

Moai are enormous: The largest one successfully transported from Easter's quarry and set upright on a pedestal was about 32 feet tall, more than 10 feet across at the shoulders, and weighed over 80 tons. The one seen here is smaller but still impressive

Chile and Easter Island itinerary for two weeks, including Santiago, San Pedro de Atacama, Salar de Tara, San Pedro de Atacama and Salar de Atacama-Ahu Akivi moais are the only moai statues facing towards the ocean in Easter Island, Chile

Chile and Easter Island in two weeks

Chile and Easter Island itinerary for two weeks, including Santiago, San Pedro de Atacama, Salar de Tara, San Pedro de Atacama and Salar de Atacama

[ARTICLE] Easter Island’s statues may have been ‘walked’ to their location  By Eric Pfeiffer, Yahoo! News | The Sideshow – Wed, Jun 20, 2012

Easter Island’s statues may have been ‘walked’ to their location

Researchers Terry Hunt and Carl Lipo test a new theory that suggests how ancient Easter Islanders may have used ropes to "walk" the moai to their platforms. Scientists Make Easter Island Statue Walk : Video

Ahu Tongariki Moai with Poike and Motu Marotiri, Easter Island,...

Ahu Tongariki Moai with Poike and Motu Marotiri, Easter Island, Chile Hotu Iti Sunrise (by Marko Stavric) Landscape, Lifescape

Welcoming Committee (Toongariki - Easter Island)

Welcoming Committee (Toongariki - Easter Island) by Quirze Font

Many toppled moai were deliberately decapitated by having stones placed in the path of their fall. Here, pieces of a fallen moai frame the distant re-erected statues of Tongariki.

Many toppled moai were deliberately decapitated by having stones placed in the path of their fall. Here, pieces of a fallen moai frame the distant re-erected statues of Tongariki.

Inward looking by Mikael Strandberg, via 500px

Inward looking by Mikael Strandberg, via

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