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Review of Rano Raraku

Rano Raraku
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Easter Island Full-Day Tour: Ahu Tongariki, Rano...
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 2 December 2017 via mobile

A must see. Your park entrance ticket of USD80 is needed for this place. You don’t appreciate the construction of the moai until you see the size and scale of this quarry hill.
It involves a lot of walking but of low grade difficulty. You see a lot of heads sticking out of the ground on the slope of the hill.
Don’t miss the largest moai ever carved up on the hill and still attached to the bedrock.
There are also a few moai lying on their backs and unfinished.
There is also the only kneeling moai cordoned off but you can get quite close to it.
And from here you can see Ahu Tongariki and the sea. This gives you an idea of how far the moai had to be moved to their final positions

Thank Sharon G
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Reviewed 29 November 2017

Of course with Rapa Nui being so small, you don't want to miss any of it but this is definitely the must-see place. Numerous huge heads are sticking out of the hillside with their bodies buried beneath, the largest moa of the island. You will gasp in awe at the view. You can also marvel at how the statues were carved right out of the stones with primitive tools. Be sure to wear sure-footed sneakers as there is much up and down climb on uneven stone stairways which can be very hazardous in the strong winds and frequent downpours there.

Thank KathyinCostaRica
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Reviewed 27 November 2017

Rano Raraku was the quarry where they sculpted the moai. This was my favorite part of the island, with the heads scattered around the side of the volcano where they are cut from. The moai can be found in various stages of construction. Don't miss the short walk to the inside of the crater where there are a few more moai (but you aren't allowed to get close to them any more).

Thank TravelingFamilyTrip
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Reviewed 25 November 2017

We spent several hours here. There is a lot to see especially if you have a good guide who can explain and point out all the areas. The caldera view shows several statues on the back side of the mountain quarry as well.

Thank John B
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Reviewed 25 November 2017

Best to visit with a guide who can explain what is known about the maoi making and transporting to other sites on the island. Requires some walking but can be done by most people at a slow pace. Is very interesting and is a good backup to understanding the other maoi seen on the island. Is close to Tongariki so do both same day preferably this one first.

Thank Stan B
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