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. Take a look at our Hanga Roa road trip app to schedule your visit to Puna Pau and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • October 4, 2017
    This is what I love the most, enjoying Nature and views. It was amazing. I really hope to come back.  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    Is the crater where they mined the pukaos; the material comes from a reddish lava that is characteristic of these pukaos color. They are higher than in the AHU because subsequent to extraction were they carved on-site.
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  • September 30, 2017
    The pukao quarry is a circuit that can be done by bike in conjunction with Ahu akivi and Ahu tepeu.
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  • May 16, 2017
    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
  • January 20, 2017
    here to see factory of moai's pukao
  • December 21, 2015
    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.
  • June 28, 2017
    A good viewpoint, a very green place. You can see Hanga Roa in a privileged manner and see scattered in the PUKAOS field are the hats of the MOAI
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  • March 21, 2017
    Good view of Hanga Roa, besides its archaeological richness.
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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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