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Address: Easter Island, Chile
Phone Number: +56 32 210 0635
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The island's famous moai statues were carved from the volcanic rock of this...

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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Shore Excursion: Highlights of Easter Island

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The Moai you expected to see

It's interesting that the pictures of the Moai you always see are the ones at the quarry. I believe that is because these are the best preserved and you are getting right up to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's interesting that the pictures of the Moai you always see are the ones at the quarry. I believe that is because these are the best preserved and you are getting right up to them. Seeing these Moai up close is amazing, and to think they are being carved out with rock tools. They are scattered all over the side... More 

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Caxias Do Sul, Brasil
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the best places in Easter Island is at the volcano Rano Rarako where the famous Moais were carved in the lava stone. Really impressive because the hundred of giants there are still to be finished. No one moved from the place yet. Rano Rarako is more than 10 miles away from Hanga Roa city. You have to pay... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fascinating place that gives an insight to the crafting of the rapa's - green and grassy so looks lovely with amazing statues in various stages of sculpting - amazing views across the island and back to 'seaside' Not to be missed. Be aware of paths and stairs that are challenging if disabled or mobility challenged. Steps around the site and... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Rano Raraku is part of the Rapa Nui National Park, thus you need to have/buy the $60 admission ticket. It is located on the slope of a old volcano and it is the place where moai were made, long time ago. You can see dozens of them, in different stages of completion, some still it the bed rock, some fully... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

By far my favorite place in Easter Island, this has to be one of the wonders of the world. Truly an amazing place. The scenery really helps too. The side of this volcanic crater facing the ocean is littered with massive moai heads that make Easter Island famous. On the other side, there is the crater which also has moais,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is actually where most of the status are made, by taking huge mountain blocks out of the volcano side. A must to visit, and can be done as part of a day tour. For the fellow Norwegians out there, this is where one of the statues found by Thor Heyerdahl is!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The highlight of Easter island! Heads everywhere! Moai half buried! Standing or leaning! While others, half sculpted, are still attached to the volcano, waiting patiently ! It is mind boggling and absolutely beautiful. Make sure you allow enough time to discover the whole site (as the National Park only allows one entrance per ticket) Take your time to stroll around... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

In my opinion, this is one of the main reasons why you visit Easter Island! The trail is 1.5km in length and takes according to the signs 60 to 90 minutes. My advice: if you got the time stay there much longer! Walk the trail twice and enjoy every angle of these remarkable statues! You won't be dissapointed!

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Santiago, Chile
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

An inexplicable feeling runs each of your bones, you'll feel in another world, just like a dream ... recommendation, sunscreen, sunglasses and lots of energy!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

This and Tonjariki are one of the more popular tourists stop in Easter Island. Definitely make sure to have *at least* these two stops in your must visit list. I have seen countless postcards and magazine clippings of the Moais in Rano Raraku and definitely felt like a dream when you get to see it in person. You get the... More 

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