Ahu Tautira

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Ahu Tautira - Moai at the Fishermen's Wharf
Ahu Tautira - Moai at Ahu Tautira
Ahu Tautira - Very worn moai at Ahu Tautira
Ahu Tautira - Moai at Ahu Tautira

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Ahu Tautira / Ahu Hotake Nov 10, 2016
Like many visitors, we had our first sight of the island’s famous moai right in the centre of Hanga Roa, down by the small harbour. This is Ahu Tautira (confusingly marked as Hotake on the town’s signs but named as Tautira in guidebooks). The two moai here stand with their backs to the sea, as do almost all on the island, overlooking the town’s football pitch like eerie spectators from another age. The one on the right is in much better condition than that on the left.

Near the wharf where the small fishermen’s boats moor (built, by the way, with stones from the ahus) is a solitary moai, placed to look out to sea along the jetty. I didn’t get good photos of this one at the time, as the light was all wrong, so the photo here was taken later in our stay when we came into town for dinner.

You will surely see much more impressive moai complexes during your stay, but nothing can quite match this first sighting for impact. However many photos you have seen, nothing quite prepares you for their haunting qualities, which will remain with you long after you have left the island. And it may well be here that you realise for the first time just how different each moai is from another, and what individual characters they have.
Moai at Ahu Tautira
Moai at Ahu Tautira
Very worn moai at Ahu Tautira
Moai at the Fishermen's Wharf
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