Rano Raraku Quarry – Easter Island © 2014 Peter Marble
November 3, 2008 – day 5 in Chile. After renting bicycles yesterday and getting a bit lost and sunburned, today we joined a group tour to visit some of the most important historical sites.
This quarry is where most of the nearly 900 moai of Rapa Nui were carved before being transported to an ahu (platform) elsewhere on the island. Some of those that are still here are incomplete and partially buried. How the moai were transported remains a mystery.