Southwest Circuit attractions

Top Choice Area in Southwest Circuit

Orongo Ceremonial Village

Nearly covered in a bog of floating totora reeds, the crater lake of Rano Kau resembles a giant witch's cauldron and is a wild greenhouse of endemic biodiversity. Perched 300m above, on the edge of the crater wall o…
Cave in Southwest Circuit

Ana Kai Tangata

This vast cave carved into black cliffs sports beautiful rock paintings with birdman motifs. However, when we passed through it was closed due to falling rocks.
Archaeological Site in Southwest Circuit

Puna Pau

The volcanic Puna Pau quarry was used to make the reddish, cylindrical pukao (topknots) that were placed on many moai. Some 60 of these were transported to sites around the island, and another 25 remain in or near t…
Archaeological Site in Southwest Circuit

Ahu Vinapu

Beyond the eastern end of the airport runway, a road heads south past some large oil tanks to this ceremonial platform, with two major ahu. One of them features neatly hewn, mortarless blocks akin to those found in …