This will be one of the easiest blog posts to write. No phrases will be written such as “it's the most beautiful place in the world” or the man/child thing of “ever since 1965 I've wanted to see a volcano”. No, none of that! Lucky for you!! In New Zealand we did see volcanoes but they were more like conical shaped hills. Here, on Rapa Nui, were ones with a crater rim you had to climb to and an interior flat surface. Both of these were filled with rainwater over the millennium and became crater lakes.
A quick geography lesson. Rapa Nui was formed thousands, maybe millions of years ago (I don't know, I took a really nice nap inside the Museo de Archeologico) by the eruption of three volcanoes. Take a look at a map of Rapa Nui – Google it - you will see it is in the shape of a triangle. These eventually settled together into the current landscape of this beautiful island.
Enjoy the pics
Ranu Kau volcanic outcrop
Ranu Kau caldera wall - worn away by the Pacific Ocean's waves
Wild grasses atop crater rim - looks somewhat like Scotland
Lake formed at bottom of Rano Raraku
Entering Rano Raraku - possibly iron in soil
Lake at bottom of Ranu Raraku - rained later that day
Rano Raraku - Moai manufacturing facility