Photo of the Week: Moai Statues at Ahu Tongariki, Easter Island


The Moai Statues at Ahu Tongariki, Easter Island

This week’s travel photo comes from a famous World Heritage Site located in the middle of the South Pacific.

Ahu Tongariki is located on the south coast of Easter Island in the Rapa Nui National Park, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With 15 massive statues, it is the largest ahu (stone platform) on the remote Polynesian island and arguably the most impressive collection of moai statues.

The legendary ahu was restored in the 1990s because a tsunami, caused by an earthquake off the coast of Chile, swept the original ahu inland and destroyed. We captured this photo of the mysterious moai statues from the side of Rano Raraku, a volcanic crater and quarry that supplied 95% of Easter Island’s known statues.

The colourful dots in front of the statues are actually people, giving you a great sense of scale.


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Cam and Nicole Wears are newbie parents living in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. A passion for travel and outdoor adventure has taken them to over 70 countries on 6 continents in the past 10 years. Learn more about their story here. Follow them on Instagram and subscribe to their monthly newsletter.