Rano Raraku

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Rano Raraku Easter Island Reviews

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Moai quarry Jan 20, 2012
Rano Raraku is a minor volcano on the island, but the major quarry for Moai statues. I am not sure how many Moai’s are laying around in different stages of production, but there is at least 100 of them. Figures range from small to the giant Moai of estimated 125 tons… Most of the people come to the sides of the Rano Raraku and follow the outside trail. There is even nicer area where figures are made, and that is in the crater. Path to go there is picturesque, and when you get over the edge of crater, fresh water lake bounces sunlight straight into your eyes… There is only one narrow passage to go to the crater, and major issue is with wild horses that go there to drink water. If you see them going through the passage, let them go and don’t try to disturb them because you can get trampled over…

Once over the edge of the crater you can see many heads showing up from the grass. It is beautiful sight, and you are free to roam around, but watch where you are stepping so you don’t step over the statues. On some places there are few layers of Moai’s over each other, so you can see kind of “industrialization” of production.

Climb on the highest point and get the incredible views anywhere you turn.
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