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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Santiago, Chile
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

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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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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29 reviews 29 reviews
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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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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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