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Rano Raraku
Easter Island, Chile
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Volcanos, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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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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“Do Not Miss”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Rano Raraku is one of the top "do not miss" sites on Rapa Nui, because it is the area where the rock was mined to make the Moai, and they were carved. The trail is well kept and you can get very close to the Moai, which are strewn all over the hillside as if the carvers/quarriers decided to have a labor strike and just walked off the job one day. It is unbelievable how big the Moai are that were in process of being carved. At a certain point, you can see clearly down to Ahu Tongariki which makes for a fantastic photograph. You can also walk up to the crater (there is a slightly steeper, shorter way and a slightly longer, more gradual way but each is only 5-10 minutes). The inside of the crater is very different from Orongo and we actually saw a few guides swim in the lake. There were also horses inside, as well as Moai that were carved on the inside of the crater (how the Rapanui were going to get those Moai out of the crater and to a location we'll never really know). The ticket booth has some great photographs from earlier archeological expeditions, and there is a food area and souvenir shop. The bathrooms are clean but cost 500 pesos.

While we were on the quarry side, it rained (first light, then fairly hard). We walked down to the ticket booth and waited under the tree until the rain stopped, and then contemplated whether we should walk to the crater like we had planned. We did, and are glad we did; the ground dried very quickly and while there was some mud it was very avoidable.

And like other sites in Rapa Nui, there were wild horses in the parking lot so be alert! This is also a location that gets a ton of tourism so you need to time your visit. We didn't use a guide (we read a lot in advance and brought some books on ipad); some of the guides that we overheard were not that knowledgeable, and other people were actually asking us questions, so beware.

Visited April 2013
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“A Magic Place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Sadly it's no longer possible to visit the moais insde the crater, it's now only the lagoon you are allowed to view. But if you get there early, who knows... The moais on the outside are impressive as well, of course and they are easy to get to and admire. But it is inside the crater where you can best feel the magic of the place.

Visited March 2013
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Union, New Jersey
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“Don't Miss This Site”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

One of many on the island. Requires lots of walking. Referred to by the locals as The Factory. It is the huge quarry articles and photos are commonly published about.

Visited February 2013
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Kent, UK
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“Amazing!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

Rano Raraku is a huge volcanic crater and the quarry from which all the Moai on Easter Island were mined. There are 70 standing sentinels embedded up to their shoulders in grass on the south side of the volcano. Once inside the quarry a further 150 Moai have been left in various stages of completion. The largest of these is 69 ft high. There are several female statues amongst the crowd of males, and one unique example of a kneeling Moai. In all there are over 300 Moai at this site. I could not have imagined how spectacular this would be.. It was simply unbelievable. The scale of the operation to carve huge Moai from the rock, and then transport them across the Island, was stupendous. We spent nearly 3 hours here, in awe of everything we saw.

Visited March 2013
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Fairbanks, Alaska
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“Must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

Buy your ticket at the airport for $50. Proceeds go to keeping up the parks. You really get an idea of how monumental the Moai are when you can see them in various stages of excavation and how far they were transported.

Visited March 2013
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