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  • Address: Easter Island, Chile
  • Admission: Rapa Nui Park: $60 for non-Chileans
One of Easter Island’s most unforgettable landmarks, the ancient volcano of Rano Raraku is home to the island’s largest and most important archaeological site. Known as the quarry, this was where the island’s iconic moai were carved, using the naturally formed tuff (a soft rock made from solidified volcanic ash), and then distributed around the island.

About 95 percent of all the island’s moai were carved at Rano Raraku, and although the site was abandoned in the late 18th century, it remains littered with a remarkable 396 incomplete moai. Wander through the quarry and you’ll find half-carved statues, sculpted boulders perched high up on the quarry walls and moai half buried in volcanic tuff, leaving just the heads poking out of the ground. Most unique are Moai Tukuturi, a small, round-headed statue on its knees, and El Gigante, the largest known moai, which reaches an incredible 71 feet (21 meters) in height, weighs an estimated 270 tons and remains attached to the rock face.

Practical Info

Rano Raraku is located along the southeast coast of Easter Island, about 30 minutes by car from Hanga Roa. The entrance fee to the Rapa Nui National Park is $60 for all non-Chileans (payable on arrival to the island) and includes entrance to Rano Raraku.

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Private Full-Day Easter Island Moai Monuments Tour, Hanga Roa, null
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Private Full-Day Easter Island Moai Monuments Tour

Enjoy your very own private tour of epic proportions as you drive around the main sites of the mysterious and world famous Easter Island, and its hundreds of ...  Read more

Location: Hanga Roa, Chile
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $200.00
Small-Group Full-Day Easter Island Highlights South and East, Hanga Roa, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Small-Group Full-Day Easter Island Highlights South and East

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Be awed by seeing the biggest and most impressive moai statues ever built by the ancient Easter Island civilization. Visit fallen statues in the southwest, ...  Read more

Location: Hanga Roa, Chile
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $115.00
Easter Island Super Saver: Ahu Akivi and Orongo plus Anakena Beach Day Trip, Hanga Roa, Cultural ... 
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Easter Island Super Saver: Ahu Akivi and Orongo plus Anakena Beach Day Trip

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Save when you book three popular Easter Island tours to Ahu Akivi, Orongo and Anakena Beach. Visit famous ceremonial sites to admire mysterious 'moai,' stone ...  Read more

Location: Hanga Roa, Chile
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

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Easter Island Full-Day Tour: Ahu Tongariki, Rano Raraku and Anakena Beach, Hanga Roa, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Easter Island Full-Day Tour: Ahu Tongariki, Rano Raraku and Anakena Beach

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Immerse yourself in the dramatic beauty of Easter Island on this full-day tour from Hanga Roa, and wander through various landscapes with 'moai,' gigantic ...  Read more

Location: Hanga Roa, Chile
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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