Located on the northwest coast of the island, this sector is fascinating due to the number of underground caves, its beautiful landscapes and its geographical and anthropological value, due to its ancestral use.
Located on the slopes of Mauƞa Terevaka, it is the largest cavern on the island and the best example of these large volcanic tubes.
There are a large number of these trees at the entrance located a few meters below the surface. Along with them grow vines, avocados and tubers such as taro or ñame.
The volcanic eruptions that formed Rapa Nui thousands of years ago, created lava channels that cover a huge underground área. Ana te Pahu located at the bottom of Maunga Terevaka is the biggest cavern in the island and is the best example of these volcanic tubes.
Ana Te Pahu is also known as the “Banana cave” because of the big amount of banana trees right in the entrance of the cave located a couple meters below the surface. Right next to these banana trees, you can find vines, avocado trees and yams like taro or ñame. The interior humidity and the wind protection provided by the walls of the cave allowed its use as a Manavai or natural nursery garden for the ancient islanders. Here, a great variety of fruits and vegetables were planted and with the help of the sun and the frequent rains, they grew in abundance.
Rapa Nui emerged between 3.000.000 and 200.000 years ago from the bottom of the ocean when submarine volcanic cones, product of the movement of the tectonic plates, formed mountains as high as 3.000 meters. Part of these volcanic cones is what we now know as Rapa Nui, with a triangle shape and an area of 166km. From the ancient volcanos of the island, Rano Raraku and Rana Kau are two of the most visited craters. Poike, which is the oldest volcano is located on the East corner while Terevaka, the highest peak with 507 meters over sea level, is located in the middle of the island.