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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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The key site of the island

The nursey of the moai shows how much had to happen to carve, separate, and transport the moai. It provides a real insight into the organization and resources it took to keep the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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Oakton, VA

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Oakton, VA
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

The nursey of the moai shows how much had to happen to carve, separate, and transport the moai. It provides a real insight into the organization and resources it took to keep the demand for moai satisfied

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Both the quarry and Ahu Tongariki are within minutes of each other. I visited both with my 18 year old son on a self-guided tour of South America. Which was better? We saw both during a gusting, rainstorm and it seemed rather apropos. Tongariki is obviously the most famous, most photographed site on the island, but the quarry tells a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

This is a quarry site and some of the largest Moai ever found are still lying within the bedrock, some have only their heads visible as the rest is below ground buried by time and there is a special one that is actually kneeling - my favourite example here. There is so much to see here, including a crater where... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

The number of maoi is mind blowing. It's amazing to see them close to where they were created and some are even still in the rock whilst others have sunk into the ground. I wish we could have stayed longer here & explored more

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Caracas, Venezuela
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Easter island its a magical pace to go. Small hotels along the airport runway are the beast. They have the basics, air , hot water and incredable view. The tour guys and all the population are generally nice, decent and humble people. Visit the volcans and the park where the sculptures were actually made ..... sorry, no ovnis ... Food... More 

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Santiago, Chile
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

The walks around the moai quarry is so wonderful. If you can come with a guide. If note, be sure to climb to the top for the views inside the volcano. This is a magical place, wher you will see moais at different carving stages. Important: there are bathrooms here, which is rare on the island.

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metro NYC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

The quarry is bigger than you think and there are SO many statues! Hard to believe some of the statues are 50 ft tall if they were exposed to their base. The volcanic lake on the other side also has statues

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

This is the most magical place I have ever visited. It would be fantastic on your own, but was even better with a guide. We listened to how the Moai were carved out of the rock, moved down the hill and then 'walked' to their final resting places. It was mind-blowing to imagine how the Rapa Nui peoples could do... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

First this is one of the only stops that has a restroom facility and bring a $ as these are not free. They also have a small shop and food counter if you want to sit a relax after viewing the site. This is a large area, a bit of climbing upward on the paths and not really for someone... More 

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Concepcion, Chile
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Extinted volcano where the moai quarry is located. The are arround 200 moais finished and still carved in the laders.

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