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Address: Easter Island, Chile
Phone Number: +56-32-210-0255-+56-32-255-1933
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Description: This lake-filled crater is filled with remnants of the Birdman cult...
This lake-filled crater is filled with remnants of the Birdman cult practiced until 1867.
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Stunning Volcano and Archeological Site

This spot has some of the most recognizable views of the island. The Motu. The Rano Kau Vocano. The Sea. Pictures you have seen do not get you the feeling. Everything is so BIG... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2015
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Santiago, Chile
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Santiago, Chile
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126 reviews 126 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

This spot has some of the most recognizable views of the island. The Motu. The Rano Kau Vocano. The Sea. Pictures you have seen do not get you the feeling. Everything is so BIG here.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Interesting ceremonial village with about 50 stone house with tiny - tiny doors. This area overlooks the waters where the "birdman" competition took place and directly next to the Rano Kau with it's crater lack and marshes. The petroglyphs are there but have not fared well and have worn with time. The entire area is magically, when we were there... More 

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Santiago, Chile
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Pictures cannot justify the beauty of Orongo. When I walked up to it, my mind could not even process what my eyes were looking at! It is an absolutely beautiful place-- definitely a must see!

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Santiago, Chile
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Disliked nothing at all. The views are phenomenal. The visitors centre was closed due to some social unrest (nothing dangerous at all - no problem there) but all the same there is some information spread around the place on posters and boards. On the way, check out the view of the crater of the Volcano Rano Kau - stunning. Also... More 

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Austin, Texas
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The volcano is fairly easy to get to and the village is a replica of older times with rock houses (one is a cut away to show the interior) and they overlook the ocean. Orongo was where the birdman contest was held every year to decide the new ruler. His athletic rep had to climb down the cliff, swim to... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

I've seen a few volcanoes(!), but this one was definitely the most incredible... the rater is deep, and the entire área within is its own ecosystem, protected by the volcanoes high sides. There are flora found within that are endemic. Outside is the old village where the Birdman festival would be held, an incredible atmosphere and stunning views.

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San Francisco, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The view from the cliffs and the crater here are truly breathtaking! As with the other sites, your experience will be *greatly* enhanced if you can go with an experienced local guide, who can fill you in on many tiny details that you will not see on tourist placards. (I highly recommend Josie Nahoe Mulloy.) If you have time for... More 

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Billericay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

From various viewpoints this crater is amazing. It has it's own micro environment and is well sustained by the Islanders. Sadly part of the rim is being eroded so some of the adjacent petroglyphs are no longer accessible and neither is the opportunity to walk the rim. But be assured this a wondrous location to experience

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

The crater is amazing to view. Walk around it as much as you can. Nearby are the remains of dwellings used when men swam out to a nearby island to retrieve a sooty tern egg.

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Cincinnati Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

I did the hike from the town up Orongo to the Crater. The view enroute was awesome but arrival at the Crater's edge was breathtaking. It's truly a magical environmental wonder. This was my 2nd most favorite place on the island. Don't miss it.

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