Rano Raraku, Easter Island

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Walk among iconic moai stone heads at Rano Raraku, which provides visitors with a chance to come face-to-face, literally, with impressive centuries-old monoliths. Crane your neck back to appreciate the sheer size of the site's 397 sculptures, the largest of which would stand at 21.6 m (70.9 ft) if it could be lifted upright. Gaze out from the top of the quarry, which still contains many unfinished moai sculptures, to appreciate the nearby Rano Raraku crater lake, striking with its multicolored surrounds. Using our custom trip planner, Hanga Roa attractions like Rano Raraku can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • October 6, 2017
    Rano Raraku is the quarry where all of the Moai Statues were carved and moved from across Easter Island. It is very well organized, so you won't get lost or off the beaten path. The upper portion of t...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    This is the view more simple that I have given in my life attempting to describe Ranu raraku is a crime. You have to be. Go. Set up and feel it. Single point can give recommendations: at least go one whole morning. Without a guide. Read the story before it is to go in the morning and on a day that is at least a mix of Sun and clouds. And make it first thing in the morning. carried cameras. The light is wonderful, enveloping enjoy it and think!!
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  • October 1, 2017
    If you only visit one place on Easter Island, then this is it! The quarry has ~ 400 Moai in various stages of completion. It is truly stunning and the views of the surrounding area is also beautiful. ...  more »

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The main urban area on the island, Hanga Roa houses the vast majority of Easter Island's accommodations. While the number of choices remains pretty limited considering the island's popularity, the range of lodgings suits a variety of travelers, from budget-conscious backpackers to those seeking luxury. Relaxed guesthouses and hostels provide decent rooms to get your head down for the night after a long day's exploration. Eco-lodges and more exclusive hotels tend to be positioned outside of the main urban area, providing airport pick-up services, ocean views, and swimming pools.
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