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Orongo

Address: Easter Island, Chile
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Type: Historic Sites, Geologic Formations, Bodies of Water, Cultural
Owner description: This lake-filled crater is filled with remnants of the Birdman cult...
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Type: Historic Sites, Geologic Formations, Bodies of Water, Cultural
Owner description: This lake-filled crater is filled with remnants of the Birdman cult practiced until 1867.
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Vancouver, Canada
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405 reviews 405 reviews
146 attraction reviews
179 helpful votes 179 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Orongo is accessed up the volcanic hill of Rano Kau; you must pass through the ranger station to enter Orongo (but not to see the wonderful reed lake in the caldera). Orongo is the only site on all of Easter Island where I'd wished we had a guide. Sure you can see the stone houses of the village complex but... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

This was by far one of the most amazing things I have done in my life. My girl friend and I decided to hike up the volcano and it was long, hard and wonderful all at the same time. There isn't any water on the way up or at the top so if you plan on walking all the way... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

This is a must place to visit. The ruins have been rebuilt and are very beautiful with a breathtakingf view over volcano, the oceans around and over the whole island. Center for the birdman cult which started around 1700.

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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

The vistas from this location are impressive enough, but when you learn how the people who lived here engaged in a near life and death tournament to capture the first eggs of a native bird that nested on the small island off shore, it begins to portray the true significance of the life and culture of these people. Take the... More 

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Coupar Angus, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Set on the edge of the Ranu Kao crater, on the slopes overlooking the Pacific, this is where the Birdman contests were held. The visitor centre explains a lot, but a good guide brings it all to life.

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San Marcos, California
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This was my favorite of all the beautiful sites and locations on the island. Just an awesome view and story behind the bird man. Great views of everything.

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Ross-on-Wye, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I loved this best of all, the crater is just wonderful and looks stunning. The village is so interesting and the site just breath taking

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Depending on what you do here and how you get here this could take 15 minutes or 1/2 day. The trail starts at the edge of town and there is a road to drive to the top. Several people walk and bike to the top. At the top there is a rest station and bathrooms. Along the crater there is... More 

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South San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

A very well preserved village of meticulously stacked stone ancient abodes. I would not miss this site, as it shows you how closely knit the tribal members lived.

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New York, NY United States
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6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Loved walking around this place and listening to the birdman story. There are some great views of the Pacific Ocean from here. A big bonus is that they stamp your passport if you ask. Beware if you need to use the bathroom though because it has no running water and the toilet won't flush.

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