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Review of Rano Raraku

Rano Raraku
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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.
Reviewed April 27, 2013

It's one and only such a place in the world so if you've decided to visit this isolated piece of land, you mustn't skip this part. It's good to buy a discounted ticket at the airport just after your arrival and then rent a car to reach this quarry. You can see there plenty of Moais as well as the view at the rest of the island is also pretty nice. Take a lot of pictures unless there are groups of tourists. If you are independently there, you need an hour to walk around. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed April 18, 2013

The quarry where the moai were carved. This is where many of the heads are. Not to be missed! You need a guide to really appreciate this, though.

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Reviewed April 11, 2013

The Moai you see here are those so often shown in the travel brochures and guide books, but unlike the pictures you view them from carefully laid out paths. Having taken a number of photographs I wasn;t surprised to find I had taken one of almost an identical view to one in a guide book the difference being there were no paths showing in the guide book photo. On closer inspection it was clear that the paths had been airbrushed out with a green matching the grass alongside. This does not detract from this being a must visit site and we enjoyed it in strong winds and horizontal rain.

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Reviewed April 8, 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.

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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.

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