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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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Los Angeles, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
39 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

What a stunning, historical site!. The view is drop dead gorgeous, you can see the circunference of earth around you. The houses where the Rapa Nui lived are so interesting. You can no longer get close to the petrogliphs, which is really sad. THE VOLCANO CRATER IS OUT OF THIS WORLD!!!!! we came by taxi and walked down to town,... More

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Santos, SP
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I really loved it! The view from there is absolutely awesome. You can visit this volcano in two different places. In one of them you enter in Orongo, an archeological site. You have to park your car and walk some meters to be able to see the volcano. The view from the top is very beautiful. You can see the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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297 reviews 297 reviews
106 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
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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225 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
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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548 helpful votes 548 helpful votes
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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46 reviews 46 reviews
14 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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271 reviews 271 reviews
143 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
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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115 reviews 115 reviews
35 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
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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