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Address: Easter Island, Chile
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The island's famous moai statues were carved from the volcanic rock of this...

The island's famous moai statues were carved from the volcanic rock of this mountain and are scattered across its slopes in various stages of completion.

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Private Full-Day Easter Island Moai Monuments Tour
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Easter Island Super Saver: Ahu Akivi and Orongo plus Anakena Beach Day Trip
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Shore Excursion: Highlights of Easter Island

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I can't really add much to comments by recent reviewers. We had a private guide and he added hugely to understanding the history of the island and the construction of the moai. It... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 February 2017
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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307 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

I can't really add much to comments by recent reviewers. We had a private guide and he added hugely to understanding the history of the island and the construction of the moai. It was one of the highlights of our holiday.

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

This should be the number 1 place to view. Luckily it is next to it. Great place to walk around and see Moai at various stages of construction, you can really see how they were made and transported to their sites. There are hundreds, abandoned when Moai building came to a sudden end.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

If on Easter Island, you cannot miss the quarry where the moai were carved out of rock. The magnitude of the task ! The challenge of transporting these enormous figures to various points on the island! No one knows, or can say with authority, how this was accomplished.

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Stavanger, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

Wonderful statues, the quarry were they carved the statues is also here. There is also a crater lake nearby within walking distance which should not be missed,

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Halifax, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

The first time we went with a guide on a glorious sunny day, we ate lunch (pre ordered by tour company) then went to look around the quarry, it just seemed surreal that we were actually there!

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Cortlandt Manor, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

I try to be as honest as I can be when writing these reviews to help others out, so I need to say that there are so many sections to Easter Island or Rapa Nui that some reviewers (including myself) might get them mixed up. The BEST way to see Easter Island is to take a tour. I would suggest... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

This section of the national park is really a must in order to understand the moais around the island. This was the quarry where they were built, and you can see some that were still being carved from the volcanic mountain, as well as some that stayed there, rather than being transported to other sites around the island. It gives... More 

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Zurich
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

This amazing place is totally unique. I loved it. Lots of Maoi some still the ground carved ready to go. Also a lovely crater and lake. One of the best places I have had the privilege to visit.

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Montevideo, Uruguay
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

All the early pictures from Easter Island always show the "heads" at the quarry. I was sending pictures of the restored Moai on the platforms to my father and he kept asking to see pictures of the giant heads. Of course, these heads are just Moai in ditches to stand them upright for finishing that have become buried after the... More 

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Brasilia, DF
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

This place is simply amazing! Get a good guide to visit it and have some explanation about all the moai which are all over the place. Great way to get back into the past. Good panoramic views of part of the island and of Tongariki. Unfortunately you can visit this site only once with your ticket.

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