Located in the eastern sector of the southern coast and made up of 2 Ahu: Ahu Tahira and Ahu Vinapū, a third Ahu is known, possibly the oldest of the three, of which only the accumulated and stacked stones remain.
Hiti Uira Tepano Pate
The Vinapū ceremonial center includes an extraordinary platform that stands out and differs from the other Ahu built on the island.
In the place there are also several remains of destroyed Ahu and Moai, which were knocked down in the 18th century during internal wars between tribes and clans.
Vinapū’s ceremonial center includes an extraordinary platform that differences itself from the other Ahu built in the island by its architectonic structures that are composed by big basalt plates that fit perfectly with each other in a similar way to some Inca constructions in Cusco.
There are around 300 Ahu in the island which dimensions, construction techniques, number and size of Moai are variables. In this case, this village is located in the south-east coast of the island and it has two Ahu: Ahu Tahira and Ahu Vinapū. There’s a third Ahu, which is probably the oldest one, from which you can only see piled rocks.
In the site you can also find remains of Ahu and Moai, which were destroyed during the tribal wars in the XVIII century.
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.