Easter Island: Rano Raraku Crater

Rano Raraku is another volcano on the Easter Island and is perhaps one of the most interesting sites on the island. This was the quarry from which all the moai statues standing all around the island came from. The monoliths were cut out of the basalt walls of the volcano, and then transported to their final destinations. There are 397 moai around the quarry, some standing up on the ground, other lying around, and yet others being partially cut from the basalt. The largest moai ever made – 21.6 m (71 feet) long and weighing 270 tons is lying here as well.