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Address: Easter Island, Chile
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!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
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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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melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

The ancient sacred village of Orongo is the setting of the famous Birdman race. The setting of this village is dramatic as it is located next to the volcano crater of Rano Rau and also the cliff edge facing the Pacific ocean! Beautiful in every way!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

This is where the birdman competition started in the 3rd epoch of the island. It lies on the rim of a volcanic crater, in itself a great sight and a micro environment. The houses are interesting as the were meant only for sleeping and rain cover, so dark thin with small entrances. Great view of the 3 islands and ocean... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Very impressive and well worth the scenic drive up the hill to see it. A few good scenic spots along the way, This is free and a few yards past it yo can view< with an admission fee, some historic sites of ancient people who lived on Easter Island.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This is a must see - amazing views of both the crater and the ocean - take a guide or read up to learn about the ceremonies performed here - and they have a nice little museum, too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The whole island is magic, but Orongo has it special "temper". It's a nice place to appreciate the nature and feel how small we are in this world. All the water inside the crater is used to supply the island, it's fascinating how one volcano could have create the island, destroyed part of the island and now start again to... More 

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Poway, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

A fascinating glimpse of the past on Rapa Nui! The volcano is adjacent, and there are excellent pictographs on the rocks.

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