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This lake-filled crater is filled with remnants of the Birdman cult practiced until 1867.
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midwaytoheaven
Midway, UT3,048 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This village is located next to the outer rim of the Rano Kau volcano crater. The restored homes of these ancient peoples was interesting. They lived in rock houses with domed ceilings and had a small crawl space to enter and exit. One the backside you can clearly see the volcano and inner lagoon. The view are pretty cool here.

BOTTOM LINE: This site is a national park and requires a daily $80 Rapa Nui park pass per person. It will allow you to enter all the island parks on the date issued. Orongo Village was less than what I was hoping to see. Is it worth seeing, sure. Primarily you will only see some 17 rock huts and great ocean views. The visitor center is helpful to see what happened here at this site. The trail trail around the main site takes about a 30 to 45 minutes to walk around the dirt path. Restrooms are available but they charge a fee. Those with mobility problems and need walkers or jazzy's cannot get around here. A walking stick is helpful. MY RATING: 7/10.
Written February 11, 2020
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joya_de_los_sachas
Seattle, WA181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
i hiked to the crater from hanga roa town. it’s easy enough to do but obviously all uphill. bring water, apply sunscreen and wear a hat because there’s little shade available. the views of town below are stunning and it’s a nice way to arrive unless you’re in your own vehicle or on a tour.

the crater is amazing to behold. to be honest, photos just aren’t going to do it justice but they surely give you a sense of what you’ll see upon arrival.

there’s two ways to get to orongo—the road the cars follow and a trail atop the perimeter of the crater, which is what we took.

i’m not someone who loves museums and wants to spend hours in them reading all the info and displays; i’d rather stroll around and look at whatever catches my eye, but i will say that the bilingual explanations here were stellar and so fascinating! the history of the culture and competitions held here would captivate anyone so make sure to read and understand before you head outside to look at what awaits. the views and understanding to be gained from where/how people lived really helped to round out the knowledge you gain from seeing moai and learning more around the island.

i truly appreciated the information presented at orongo and it remains in my mind one of the highlights of my stay on the island.
Written January 3, 2020
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Ali921
Edinburgh, UK1,475 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
You need a park ticket (USD $80) paid by credit card only. The crater (Orongo) can only be visited once and always with a guide. The three places you can visit without a guide are Anakena & Ovahe beaches and Tahai in town. Has a stone "village" consisting of a collection of low, sod-covered, windowless, round-walled buildings with even lower doors positioned on the high south-westerly tip of the large volcanic caldera called Rano Kau.
Written January 30, 2024
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia20,935 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
From Rano Kau’s crater we continued a short way further to the last stop of our amazing tour. The O’rongo Village. We freely admit we hadn’t been particularly interested in the Birdman ceremony - we were all about the Moai. Thankfully we had our excellent guide who pointed out all sorts of of important archeological features of the area and explained the Birdman proceedings. Visiting this place was a great way to finish the day.
Written April 5, 2023
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TAMAN1951
Liberty Lake, WA8,223 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Great place to get great views of the ocean, coast and the three rock islands.

The volcano caldera is also quite impressive and worth the hike ip to the top.

Some nice historical structures as well.

Pleasant way to spend the morning.
Written April 3, 2024
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Stella R.
Brasilia, DF26 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is one of the few places one can get sufficiently informed about without the aid of guides, because there are posters explaining the history of the place, with a great map that points to each attraction existent there. I wish all ahus would be like this - or maybe at least the main ones.
This is the other site one can get into only once with the Rapa Nui National Park ticket - together with Rano Raraku -, which I find a bit sad because of their importance. Nevertheless, one visit is enough to see it all.
The view to Motu Nui Island is amazing, and no pictures do justice to this. The shades of blue one can see from Orongo whilst looking to this place are completely dazzling. Another great site for those who are looking for deeper knowledge about the history and culture of Rapa Nui people!
Written February 14, 2020
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Ron S
New York City, NY5,712 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The stone village Orongo isn't the most interesting place on the island. It was restored, none of those stone houses was intact so authenticity of their design is questionable. The legends about the island with birds are fine. Great views.
Written May 10, 2024
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bukagirl
New Jersey4,183 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
I hiked the ancient trail up to Orongo which is pretty exposed I would recommend plenty of water, a hat and sunscreen.
This is an important site on the island where the birdman cult practiced.
You need a park pass to enter and you can walk a path and see how they lived, view the lagoon in the volcano and see where they went to get the first eggs for the competition.
A must see.
Written December 31, 2019
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Rowan H
Cairns, Australia1,676 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Couples
The Orongo ceremonial village is located on the southwest corner of the Island, along the edges of the Rano Kau volcano.

GETTING HERE
Unlike most other sites on the Island this is actually within walking distance from the main town of Hanga Roa, although this is around a 8km walk. Given it's elevation of 400m above sea level biking is ill advised as the ascent makes it difficult + you have to follow the car road which winds around over a greater distance than the walking track which cuts directly up the mountain and will take you around the Rano Kau crater. There is a small car park at the top for motorists. The entry point to the walking trail is clearly marked by a sign off the main road. If you decide to walk bring plenty of water and a waterproof jacket due to Easter Islands '4 seasons in one day' tendencies.

COST
All tourists who visit Easter Island have to pay a 30000CP ticket entry fee for all the islands sites although the ticket itself is only checked at the town of orongo and also at rano raraku - two of the most popular sites on the island. You are best off purchasing this ticket as soon as you arrive at the airport as I believe apart from there you can only purchase it an the CONAF office in Hanga Roa.

THE SITE
There is a small visitor centre when you arrive which will provide you information regarding the significance of the 'bird man' ritual which took place at the orongo ceremonial village. This is quite informative so there really is no need to pay for the overpriced tours on the island. After this there is a clearly marked trail displaying both the village and looking out towards the island of Motu Kao Kao, which was the centrepiece for the annual birdman ritual. This site itself is all extremely interesting. Without going into too much detail it looks into the culture of the Rapi Nui people beyond that of the famous Moai.

TIME
If like my partner and I you choose to do this by foot you can visit Orongo and the Rano Kau volcano in 4 hours return from Hanga Roa. Don't forget to stop by the caves on the way there (marked by a sign). This is a good activity to do on the day you arrive from Santiago on your LAN flight as you it doesn't require you to need to hire bikes/vehicles. You can continue to walk through Hanga roa to Ahu Tahai for sunset +/- visit the P Sebastian museum. We were able to visit all of this in half a day, having set off at 1400.
Written January 13, 2016
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The2TravelingFools
Seattle, WA443 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
While on tour visited this site. Amazing underground houses. Worth a quick look but not a long stay. Nearby attractions are more interesting.
Written November 16, 2019
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