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Orongo

Easter Island, Chile
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Bodies of Water, Geologic Formations
Description: This lake-filled crater is filled with remnants of the Birdman cult practiced until 1867.
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London, United Kingdom
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201 reviews 201 reviews
68 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Another must-see sight on Easter Island. A short drive from Hanga Roa along a hilly route with stunning vistas takes you to Orongo. There is a crater lake at the top which offers beautiful photo opportunities. You can also visit the site by taking the hiking trail. Definitely a MUST do on Easter Island. Highly recommended.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

As part my tour on Easter Island we visited the volcano and the location of the Bird Men, basically hundreds years ago differnt elders choose the top man, they climb down a 300 meter cliff swim about one mile to a island and wait for the terns to arrive build a nest lay eggs and the guys take the eggs... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Orongo is a ruined ceremonial village on the south eastern tip of the island. It is perched between the rim of Rano Kau volcano and the sheer coastal cliffs. It was the centre of the birdman cult, where tribal elders would swim to the nearby Motu Nui (Birdman Island) and try to be the first one back with a Manutara... More

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Poway
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13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Awesome water-filled volcanic crater unlike any you've ever seen. Be sure the see the near-by exhibits expmaing the bird-man cult.

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Herzlia, Israel
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

The story of the place is very interesting The view of the creator and the village is extraordinary a must se place on the Island

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Exeter, NH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

We then headed off to Orongo. We found ourselves in the town so DH stopped by the call center to see if the internet was back up. It was so he got the document he needed. Signed it, and emailed it back to his office. When the person sent it for him, they put ‘gringo’ as the subject! Haha. We... More

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Washington, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

A short walk provides you wonderful ocean views and the chance to see more into this island's mysterious past. The crater is awesome. Be sure to read about each of these stops as you travel the island.

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Norman, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Easter Island is so mystical! Orongo continues with that mystery. Walking along the trails to view these ancient stone houses and pondering what is must have been like to live some place so incredibly remote. I found Orongo very powerful!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

This was a sacred village located next to a beautiful volcano crater. You can access this attraction with the same national park ticket you use for the other payed attractions of the island. Nice scenic views of the ocean, and ritual places. You can lear a lot about the culture of the ancient people of Rapa Nui by visiting Orongo.... More

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Wuustwezel, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

A short drive up the mountain Rano Kau gives you one of the most breathtaking views you'll ever see. The crater with view to the ocean is really beautiful. At the top there is the Orongo village which is a reconstruction of old homes and ceremonial places. The two motu's in the distance really make photo opportunities. A must visit... More

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