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Rano Raraku

Address: Easter Island, Chile
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Volcanos, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The island's famous moai statues were carved from the volcanic rock...
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Volcanos, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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.
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Glasgow
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56 reviews 56 reviews
32 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

This is where they made the Moai and it is really interesting to see the work in progress - statues being carved out of the rock lying on their back and then cut out when they are finished. Also some interesting birds and plants to see. Also a great view of Ahu Tongariki

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Bellville, Texas
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

My title says it all.. .If you go to Easter Island aka Rapa Nui then you really should visit the iconic sites or it becomes an opportunity lost. This is one such site from which the moai originated or were carved. A guided tour is suggested to glean the best of the details.

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italy
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260 reviews 260 reviews
25 attraction reviews
185 helpful votes 185 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

It is one of the most outstanding place in the island, this gentle hill covered with heads and other objects, a stone open air museum that offers, in addition to the archeological importance, an incredible suggestion for everybody walking around. Fantastic place, easy walk, with the option to go up and down on the hills to discover an incredible numbers... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Easter Island is amazing and the quarry was one of the highlights. So much to see on this small island, loads of Moai, volcano tubes you can hike in, very friendly people and a magnificent crater with the side carved out so you can see the see beyond.

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New York City, New York
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46 reviews 46 reviews
30 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

This is a must go! it will help you understand how the Moais were built and where. It brings it into perspective how far some of the Moais were moved across the Island. You will find yourself walking the grounds for at least 3 - 4 hours to take everything in. Also, bring your camera - amazing photo opportunities, bring... More 

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New York City, New York
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140 reviews 140 reviews
48 attraction reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

If you like Moai, this is your spot. There are so many, so different, at different positions and angles. A lovely walk on a simple trail (the Rapa Nui do an excellent job of not allowing tourist infrastructure to detract from the site; it is nearly invisible). The views alone from the site are spectacular. Don't miss the crater lake,... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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132 reviews 132 reviews
68 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

This is basically the holy grail of the island as the 900 Moais that were manufactured or carved out of the mountain all come from here - in my opinion it is from here that you can get your best shots either panoramic views of other areas of the islands or simply by the compositions you can get with the... More 

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Seattle
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44 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

the trail - well maintained - takes you higher and higher with incredible views of the island, the ocean and the many statues in particular. You could spend an entire day there in sheer wonderment how human beings could ever have done this. This does definitely rank among the most awesome places I've ever visited. Go with a guide to... More 

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Maracaibo, Venezuela
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54 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

This is the "factory" where the Rapanui people made the moai statues. It's impressive, beautiful, and mesmerising. Don't forget to bring your park entrance ticket, as it is required to enter this area.

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Berlin, Germany
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12 attraction reviews
339 helpful votes 339 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

We drove the long long way to Rano Raraku (half an hour from Rano Raraku) just to hear from the "cashier" at the entrance of the park that you have to buy the tickets in Hanga Roa. We had a car but all the poor bikers who drove all the way had to return in the hot sun back to... More 

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