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Rano Raraku

Easter Island, Chile
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Volcanos, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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... more » 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. « less
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Vienna, Virginia
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50 reviews 50 reviews
28 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

This was the realization of a life-long dream for me, so starting my tour with a visit to this quarry where 95% of the moais were carved was a stunning moment. There are statues everywhere, and learning about the history sends shivers down your spine. The efforts put into carving these statues is just phenomenal!

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San Francisco, California, United States
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63 reviews 63 reviews
20 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

This is the most authentic part of the island. These statues (Moai) are the only ones that have remained in their original places. All the others were destroyed and have been "restored" in the past few decades. If you want to see a statue that is sitting undisturbed from the times that it was created, you have to go to... More

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Panama City, Panama
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10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

According to our guide, Marc Shields of Green Island Tours, Rano Raraku is the most visited site in the island. No wonder! It's situated at the stone quarry, from which all the Moai were carved, and there are seemingly dozens of competed or partially completed Moais from the earliest to the latest strewn about the area. Many, perhaps most, are... More

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Ocala, Florida
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106 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

This quarry is where most (all?) of the moai were pulled out of the volcanic rock. It's a fun walk up and down the slope with many moai still in progress. Only about a mile from Ahu Tongariki so one has no excuse for missing it.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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59 reviews 59 reviews
24 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

This is the quarry where the mysterious stone statues (moais) were carved. It can't get more authentic than this. Some of the statues are upright, some are neck deep only, and a few, especially a very large one, are still on the ground, as if the carvers were still working on them. It is one of the most amazing sights... More

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New Jersey
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24 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

We spent quite a bit of time at the birthplace of the Moais. When we went, there were no groups in front of us and we had the place to ourselves and took some great pictures. Go with a private tour guide and take your time and visit each part of the factory. The Moais are plentiful and all so... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Maururu Travel handled my three days visit to Easter Island. Their guide, Pedro, was well versed in his presentations and knowledge of the island's history and ecology. They presented a full day's tour which included a box lunch and then two half day tours the following day. They met me at the airport and settled me into the Hotel Otai.... More

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148 reviews 148 reviews
37 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

This is the quarry where the moai were carved, which I honestly didn't even know about until I got onto the island, which was a pleasant surprise. This place was awesome and when we were there with our guide, we were the only ones there, we had it completely to ourselves. The moai are amazing and the views our toward... More

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Sydney
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182 reviews 182 reviews
81 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

What an amazing place. Not to be missed. And make sure to try and view the Aku Aku video by Thor Heyerdahl that runs in the cafe area. If the path is crowded just wait for the groups to pass by. Do climb up to the crater area, none of the groups go up there and it is beautiful. Spend... More

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Tampa, Florida
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185 attraction reviews
217 helpful votes 217 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

This crater of the volcano had several moais in different positions. It required a lot of walking but it was well worth the effort and energy. A lot of photo opportunities abound here.

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