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Puna Pau, Hanga Roa

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Head to Puna Pau to see the land once quarried for the red scoria rock, used to make the topknot embellishments on the iconic mo'ai statues. A visit to this location teaches tourists about the effort, energy, and skill required to move such weighty slabs from the quarry to the site of the sculptures. The information panels help build a picture of how this was achieved, though the mystery about what the Rapa Nui people actually intended with these sculpture remains largely unsolved. The hill provides an extensive view of the surrounding grassy landscape, and ample walking routes allow visitors to discover different areas of the region's World Heritage-listed national park. Use our Hanga Roa itinerary planner to add Puna Pau and other attractions to your Hanga Roa vacation plans.
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  • Perhaps it was the rainy, cloudy foggy day. But the walk up to Puna Pau did not deliver much of value. It is the source of the red "sombreros" worn by the moais, and there are a couple large wheels ca...  more »
  • Here is where the moai "hats" were quarried and carved. There is not too much left to see, although there is a nice view over the city and down to the sea.  more »
  • What Rano Raraku was for the Moai, Puna Pau was for the Pukao. The red scoria was retrieved from the volcano , carved on site and then transported to be placed on top of the Moai throughout Rapa Nui. ...  more »
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  • A guy stood on my toe while he was trying to take a picture. It turned out to be Tom Selleck, it's hard to be mad at Magnum P.I
  • here to see factory of moai's pukao
  • Must see, the Moai hats factory! We rent a car and drove around the island. It's really easy to get to, however watch out for wild horses along the road.
  • Good view of Hanga Roa, besides its archaeological richness.
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  • pukaos quarry
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