July 17, 2012

Cantera del Rano Raraku

A postcard from Chile showing a view of Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island, a Polynesian island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean. Easter Island is famous for its 887 extant monumental statues, called moai, created by the early Rapanui people. It is a World Heritage Site with much of the island protected within Rapa Nui National Park.

Back of the card: Almost all the moais of the island were sculptured here. Some stayed unfinished or semicovered by the lava.

Distance: 11,889 km (7,387 miles)
Travel time: 15 days

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