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“Most interesting site on Easter island! A must visit! ”
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Rano Raraku
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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 14 December 2017 via mobile

This is the most interesting site to visit on Easter island, the quarry place where all Moai carving took place. The national park ticket only
Allows entry once to this site, so ensure you give yourself enough time to explore. There are almost 400 Moai in different stages of construction, some damaged during transportation and abandoned on the grass. As you
Walk the paths Look for the special kneeling Moai, and the moais still imbedded within the stone,
Partly carved. Walk up the trail behind the quarry to the reservoir (bring a packed lunch nice to eat here at the reservoir) you can see some more Moai on the backside of the quarry hill (although no path access) the reservoir at the back is place for an annual triathalon competition for the Rapa Nui men- they swim across and run laps
Carrying bushel of bananas. Like a recreation of the Birdman completion that use to be held in Orongo. Respect the site, don't touch the Moai and Stay on the paths, security will take any rule breaking very seriously, we saw a group be evicted.

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Reviewed 10 December 2017 via mobile

This is one of the places that put this island in the tourist world map. You must be able to walk uphill to the volcano and then down to where the moais were carved in volcanic stone. Being in a paradise like place the tribes had enough time and a strong believes to build this gigantic statues ment to protect with their spirits their tribes. Bring your best camera and fall in photograph extasis around this marvels. You are so closo to the moais that feel unreal.

Thank Bernardo S
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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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