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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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How did they do it???

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

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
2 helpful votes 2 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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42 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
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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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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Cincinnati Ohio
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118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

After spending a couple hours looking at strewn, broken statues, I came across this wonder. It's magical. Seeing the moai in all stages of creation is breathtaking and worth the visit to Easter Island.

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El Dorado Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

It's a magical place to stroll around and let your mind go-however if you are a dog/horse lover beware there are very thin homeless dogs/horses all over the island-it's very sad and I had an issues with this. You can see the island in 3 nights, unless you dive then 4 nights is plenty. It's expensive, for food and there... More 

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melbourne
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

As the title suggests, this was my favourite site on the whole island! The famous Heads of Easter Island can be found here but you will quickly discover that its more than just heads, in fact the rest of the body is buried under surface! Quite remarkable! We found th best time for photos is mid to late afternoon. Note... More 

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Caracas, Venezuela
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Breathtaking. Magical. Jaw-droping. Not enough words to describe this place, one of the most amazing that I have visited in my life. You can admire how the people of the island carved the moai. Advice: Go there at midday or in the afternoon, you'll get better light for your pictures.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Our first visit on the island was. Reno Raraku, the quarry where the Moai were. Sculpted. Just like the pictures, but real. The tala exquisite Moai were phenomenal and in all stages of construction and transport. Our guide, Nicko Jankovich (Croatian, Chilean, rapa Nuian) did a wonderful job of creating the milieu of how the Moai were sculpted and moved... More 

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