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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  • He grabbed a rain demon, but it was part of his natural charm and the pukaos talladoa for the moai with its red clinker
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  • There are a bunch of striking red topknots sitting on the ground, which are interesting to inspect for the indistinct carvings. Further up the path is the actual quarry, which requires a lot of imagin...  more »
  • Archaeological site not as spectacular as the big sites like Toniriki Easter Island, for example, but nevertheless very interesting (especially for "caps"). In fact, all sites are interesting. It deserves to be visited with a guide to the archaeological explanations.
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  • Small crater with nice views
  • A small crater from where some rocks were removed and used for Moai.
  • Where the red moai hats were carved.
  • 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
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