Puna Pau, Hanga Roa

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Head to Puna Pau to see the land once quarried for the red scoria rock, used to make the topknot embellishments on the iconic mo'ai statues. A visit to this location teaches tourists about the effort, energy, and skill required to move such weighty slabs from the quarry to the site of the sculptures. The information panels help build a picture of how this was achieved, though the mystery about what the Rapa Nui people actually intended with these sculpture remains largely unsolved. The hill provides an extensive view of the surrounding grassy landscape, and ample walking routes allow visitors to discover different areas of the region's World Heritage-listed national park. Take a look at our Hanga Roa road trip app to schedule your visit to Puna Pau and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • On the road to Ahu Akivi you need your pass, a nice walk up a hill for a great view. A bunch of hats Pukao lying around an important landmark. I found it interesting.  more »
  • If you were rolalty you were allowed to wear one of these red rock hats (Pukao). You would go to the other side of the Island to select a body at the volcano and then travel across the island to buy.....  more »
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  • Puna Pau is the location where the Moai headdresses were carved. The location isn't as impressive as the place where the bodies came from but it provides a nice view over Hanga Roa.
  • it's a very long walk from ahuakvi site,though you can enjoy the spectacular mountains on the way. Crater of the red stone mountain is fully covered with grass and view from the top is very good. Fallen red caps of moai is a reminder of bygone era.
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