Puna Pau
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Ali921
Edinburgh, UK1,493 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
I'm not going to tell you why you should visit here, you wouldn't have come so far if you were not interested in Moai. You cannot visit without a guide but as often as you like. The quarry for the source of the "top hats". It's a small "crater" quarry on the outskirts of Hanga Roa in the south west of Easter Island. Puna Pau gives its name to one of the seven regions of the Rapa Nui National Park. Not as dramatic as other sites.
Written 30 January 2024
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Sachin K
New York City, NY5,857 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
This attraction is another part of ancient history of Easter Island. It was probably the fashion in it’s time. Moais became a bit 'old hat', so to bring them up to date, people decided to give them 'topknots'. Puna Pau was a place with various colored volcanic rock and so became the place to quarry them. Deep red was obviously the preferred colour. The quarry is at the top of the mountain and one can climb up to see some spectacular views of the island and it’s coast which overlooks the main town of Hanga Roa. Great spot to visit even for the view of the island. Certainly very highly recommended to any traveler.
Written 22 November 2020
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deborahk3
Maidstone, UK1,805 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
Another stop off site on our Island tour. Puna Pau is a small extinct volcano. Inside the crater there is a quarry of red scoria, a highly pitted, dark coloured volcanic rock, that was once an important source of material for the islanders. The rock is an easy to carve material and was used extensively by the islanders. At the time of our visit, the crater is just a small depression covered with vegetation. Only a few of the scoria rocks are visible on the slope. Another site of historical interest and not to be missed.
Written 28 April 2020
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WImom
Fond du Lac, WI2,342 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is one of the 70 secondary volcanic cones found on the island. Its mineral content is much different that other type found on the island. Because of the iron rich deposits which gives the rocks their rich red color; red scoria is another type of basalt but it it more porous and lighter. The Rapa Nui people used this easily carved material to make topknots, among other things. This is the quarry where all the topknots were carved. Only about 100 topknots are in existence today, compared to the 1000 or so moai scattered around the island. The best lighting is in the morning or afternoon. Walk up to the top of the small nearby crater which gives great views over Hanga Roa and the west site of the island as well as the quarry itself.
Written 17 April 2020
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P0acher
Marlow271 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This was part of our guided tour over 3 days. Another interesting area and again steeped in history. difficult to pick out any particular aspect
Written 19 March 2020
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IslandLubber
Rio Rancho, NM795 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This site was a stop on my full day guided tour. A steep climb is necessary to see where that actual quarry is. Great panoramic view of Hanga Roa and the area, too
Written 27 February 2020
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Katrien S
Ghent, Belgium1,982 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
At some point, adding a red headdress like stone, became fashionable. This is the site of the quarry for this stone. Here the cylinders were cut, and then probably rolled to the final destination and finished there. The red stone is much lighter. One does not really get to see the quarry, or place where they were carved out of the rock, but there are quite a few lying about. Some were much later used as shelter by local inhabitants who carved large holes in them.
Written 24 February 2020
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artisianswindow5
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
I would recommend this stop and tour ang day. MY bucket list. Weather greT and the sites amazing. I would do it again in a flash
Written 22 February 2020
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NamasteHello
Harrogate, UK1,906 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
If you're interested in why and what at Easter Island, rather than like many people just taking selfies, then it's worth a visit to see where they quarryed the reddish stone that you see on the heads of many of the moais. Also a nice view of where people who work on the island live.
Written 10 February 2020
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Bill M
Springfield, MO308 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Learning that this is the only quarry with red stone on the entire island gave us a perspective on how amazing and somewhat mysterious the creation and assembly of these mo’ai had to be. The remnants strewn around the area demonstrate the size and the views from the location give an idea of how they might have been moved.
Written 2 February 2020
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