Ana Te Pahu, Easter Island

4.5
#6 of 9 in Nature in Easter Island
Gain an insight into the creation of Easter Island with a visit to Ana Te Pahu, a series of lava tunnels spanning 7 km (2.4 mi), that were formed when rock solidified around a stream of molten lava. The formations served as cave dwellings used by the island’s inhabitants to shelter from the elements. The garden by the dwellings abounds with sweet potatoes, bananas, and taro. Used as a refuge from battles as well as housing during primitive times, the caves' breadth made them convenient for inhabitants. Take a flashlight and some appropriate boots for the excursion. Plan to visit Ana Te Pahu and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Hanga Roa attractions using our Hanga Roa road trip planner.
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  • 3 different caves down some uneven stone steps in a banana grove. Very dark wish I had my torch my phone didn't penetrate the darkness enough. Go all the way to the end for cool openings to see...  more »
  • I thought it was just a cave with nothing much to offer but I have to admit I was surprised and found it more entertaining than I thought. Couple of nice photos and long ish caves. Good to do if you.....  more »
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  • Caves with open areas that were used by the Rapa Nui people of centuries past to cultivate bananas, taro, and other produce. Fifteen minute hike northwest from the ticket desk. Only a few hundred feet of the cave are accessible. Some nice views through the ceiling.
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