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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 12 September 2018

This is the quarry from which all the moais on Easter Island are supposed to have been made. This hill is inside the National Park area on Easter Island & requires you to buy an $80 ticket at the airport to enter. The nice man at the gate told us about the kind of rock that the hill is made of & the tools used to make the moais. There are 2 paths to follow- one that you climb to go see the crater at the center of the mountain & the other that you take to go see all the unfinished moais. On the first path, you walk in gorges on the hill to get to the crater. Its a pretty sight with water in the center and the surrounding hills dotted with moais. The other path gives you many more opportunities to see moais up close & also enjoy a beautiful view of the sea. It has been conjectured that moais were created in a section close to the top, made to 'walk' down the hill & taken to the ahu (platform) in Ahu Tongariki & other areas. In the process of moving the moais, if they broke or fell down, they were abandoned at the spot, and hence the hill is dotted with moais in different poses.

Thank PrinksSS
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Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

This is truly an amazing place... where they constructed the moais... hundreds of them in all different positions... you can also see the volcano’s crate... try to spend at least a couple of hours .. there is place for picnics, clean toilets, souvenirs, store

Thank AmaMarNahue
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Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

This the feeling one have when looking at this mountais, full of undone maois, half buried moais... throughout the area. This is where they were carved and lots were abandoned there making this place one of most fascinating places in Rapa Nui. And if you are willing to walk a little more, when you reach the top one can see the lagoon formed on the old crater with still a few moais around it.

Thank Silvia500
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Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

We had a nice first day touring the island with a guide and the second day we rented a car to go and see Rano Raraku. When we got there, a group of Rapa Nui people blocked the entry so no one could get in. They said it was just a one day thing so we thought ok, shame but we will come back tomorrow. The following day we had no more car so we rented a taxi. We asked the taxi if the site was definitely open and they said yes, explaining there was a demonstration the previous day because the wife of the president was on the island. When we got there, guess what? The site was occupied again. We went to the ticket office with the taxi driver to claim money back but they didn’t care. In the end we decided to not pay the taxi, technically not his fault but we had already paid thousands of pounds and travelled 20,000 km to see the island + car rental and entry fee so we had enough by that point. It left a bitter taste about Easter Island as this site is the most important one.

Thank marellemahy
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Reviewed 23 August 2018

Another incredible Easter Island location. Special note, when you get your National Park Pass, you will only be allowed one visit to this site. It is fragile and the terrain is moderately difficult. It is on the side of a mountain with a narrow path wrapping around. Not wheelchair friendly. The Moai are incredible and from a certain spot near the end of the path, you can spot the 15 Moai of Ahu Tongariki in the distance.

Thank talisman42
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