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Address: Easter Island, Chile
Description: The island's famous moai statues were carved from the volcanic rock of...
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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A visit to Rano Raraku is a must!

Visiting the volcanic crater of Rano Raraku is a great experience, both on the inside and outside of the crater the Moai's were carved out of the volcanic rock of the crater... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Visiting the volcanic crater of Rano Raraku is a great experience, both on the inside and outside of the crater the Moai's were carved out of the volcanic rock of the crater. Paul, our tour guide illustrated to us how the Moai's were carved our, put on there feet, and shared with us the different hipótesis of how the statues... More 

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Santiago, Chile
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

Totally beautiful and fascinating at the same time. A piece of magic history that helps explain the mysteries of the Moais. The setting (surrounding hills, view of the countryside, etc.) are breathtaking. Worth visiting the crater of the old volcano for a surprise. Simply - go check it out.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

This was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been, not only because of the monuments and statues, but also the sightseeing is from another planet.

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Houston, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

For almost 40 years I dreamed of going to Easter Island and walking among the great Moai. The first sight of Rano Raraku with all the Moai rising out of the ground was breath taking. It was amazing to see so many Moai in one place. It was difficult to take it all in in one visit. We ended up... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Can't rave enough about the culture nothing I have ever seen like this before you can't help but wonder how these people could make these heads. The size is mind blowing.

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Aus
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

After viewing the quarry with it's partially carved Moai, it remains bewildering and mesmerising as to how the statues were moved so seemingly effortlessly from their bedrock to locations around the island.

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San Francisco, California, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Wow! I can't imagine coming all the way to Rapa Nui and missing the volcano quarry where 95% of the moai were carved! It is an amazing place - best to come with an experienced guide who can give you the interesting back-story on many of the pieces. (I highly recommend Josie Nahoe Mulloy.) There are no real signs explaining... More 

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015 via mobile

All the sites were impressive and I thought the quarry where the statues were carved was the most impressive. I didn't see the museum listed on TA but I would strongly recommend visiting the museum to explain the history of the island.

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

This site is amazing! You need to produce a valid park ticket to gain entry. In February 2015 a Rapa Nui park ticket cost 30,000Ch and is valid for 5 days. This is very expensive compared to other National Parks in Chile. You must produce the ticket in order to gain entrance to this site and to the Birdman village... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015 via mobile

Come early as it gets hot and there are less people. I had a guided tour and its so much better as you don't miss things since the written text is limited. I recommend a private tour - you get a lot more.

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