Rano Raraku

Rano Raraku, Easter Island

Ancient Ruins • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Volcanoes
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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The island's famous moai statues were carved from the volcanic rock of this mountain and are scattered across its slopes in various stages of completion.
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ruthandvern
Wilton, CA14 065 contributions
The Quarry
Mar 2020
20 Mar 20; pre-evacuation: The quarry, not far from Ahu Tongariki, is the birthplace of all the Moai on the island. You can see partially carved figures within the mountain walls. Several laying and standing look ready to be transported still. Fantastic memory.
Written 11 February 2021
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DERtravels
Upland, CA1 346 contributions
Highlight of The Tour
Jan 2020
This is the highlight of our day tour on Easter Island. Although it was raining when we arrived, it did not deter us from making the hike up the path. We didn't manage to go all the qa into the quarry. We are slow walkers and we were only given about 35 minutes to explore. However, seeing the half buried Maoi made us truly wonder just how could the indigenous people build and erect these statues.

We could also see Tongariki from this vantage point.
Written 31 December 2020
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Sachin K
Plainview, NY5 799 contributions
Truly a photographer’s delight
Dec 2019 • Family
This attraction should not be missed by any traveler while in Easter Island. More than 400 Moais decorate the hills of this valley where they were carved before being taken to their final destination. Most never got there and remain at this attraction in a magnificent panorama. The best way to explore is by walking around to view these giant unfinished Moais. Expect a lot of walking but every bit of walking is worth it. Would certainly very highly recommend this attraction to any traveler. Truly a photographer's delight.
Written 22 November 2020
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adcdiving
Antwerp, Belgium153 contributions
Rano Raraku is a top location
Mar 2020
In Rano Raraku we have to hike the mountain. On the way we come across several Moai statues that have been carved out of the rocks here and have not reached their final destination; the so-called workshop of the Rapanui. There is even an unfinished Maoi statue that is not yet completely separated from the rock. Impressive! This is an absolute location to do.
Written 22 September 2020
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deborahk3
Maidstone, UK1 780 contributions
Rano Raraku
Jul 2019
We came here as part of our day long monuments tour. Rano Raraku is a volcanic crater formed of volcanic ash and is located on the slopes of Terevaka, which is the largest, tallest and youngest of three main extinct volcanoes. The volcano sits in Rapu Nui National Park as is a sight to behold. It was a quarry for approximately 500 years and supplied the stones for which the majority of the islands Moai were carved. Rano Raraku enables you to visualise the moai design and innovation of the Islands sculptures and here over 800 moai remain in different states of completeness. The incomplete statues at the quarry are remarkable for their numbers and size; the largest being 71 feet high and more than twice the size of any other Moai on the Island. This is a fascinating area and well worth a visit but best with a tour guide for the background information.
Written 16 June 2020
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WImom
Fond du Lac, WI2 339 contributions
Incredible!
Jan 2020
This is, without a doubt, one of the highlights of Easter Island. There are 396 moai in this quarry which is an extinct volcano that has an amazing fresh water crater. Some of the statues are still in the rock of the quarry never to be moved. Others are in a process of getting their backs finalized and highlighted. Some are in the staging area waiting for the moving crew to bring the moai to its platform. The larges moai ever carved is located here called Te Tokanga or El Gigante which measures 66 feet and weighs 220 tons. Public toilets are available here for $1. Lighting is best in the early morning or mid/late afternoon. Entrance to the site is by the hut behind the parking lot. You will need to have your entrance ticket stamped by the park ranger. On entering the site, the path forks to the right or left. The crater is on the left and the quarry is on the right. It is recommended to see the quarry first. Steep, uneven terrain in places.
Written 14 April 2020
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Tariq_Hossenbux
Ottawa, Canada218 contributions
Best With A Tour Guide
Mar 2020
A highly educational experience. I did this as part of a full day tour, and our guide Javiera was excellent. Her father worked on the restoration of the Moai, so she was extremely knowledgeable. There is a great deal to learn so this is the best way. The climb isn't difficult, and I suggest trying to do this on a cloudy day so you dont miss out on any swimming.
Written 12 April 2020
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Hamish
Heidelberg, Australia71 contributions
See where they carved to Moai
Apr 2019
littered all over the volcano are patially and fully carved Moai, some small and some gigantic. An incredible feat
Written 25 March 2020
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P0acher
Marlow270 contributions
Photographers delight
Mar 2020
Click, click and click again. So many things and scenes to photograph. A bit of steady climbing to see everything but not too arduous.
Written 19 March 2020
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lesliebauman
Kirkland, WA856 contributions
Fascinating Mo’a quarry
Feb 2020 • Couples
This is a great example of the Mo’a at their source. These sites are a must with a local guide to walk you through the various Mo’a history and examples. A must while on the island
Written 29 February 2020
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