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Orongo
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Tahai, Orongo and Rano Kau Half-Day Tour
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Owner description: This lake-filled crater is filled with remnants of the Birdman cult practiced until 1867.
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Orongo is a short drive from Hanga Roa on a road that is unpaved, that is, until close to the top when it becomes a beautifully paved road. There are various lookouts where you can view almost all of Rapa Nui. The view of the crater from various vantage points is unbelievable. The preserved rock houses and settlement are amazing and not to miss. We walked through these while my husband read details from his ipad, which coincided very well with the tour markers. It's just a gorgeous and unbelievable site to the Islands and across the pacific, then down into the craters. The only downfall was the bathrooms; the women's room lacked toilet paper and the toilet didn't flush. Hopefully this has been fixed, but bring tp!

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Reviewed April 3, 2013

One of the few places not dominated by Moai on the Island this spot atop one of the four extinct vocanos of the Island was the traditional sport wher the Island Chief was selected by daring feats in the nearby ocean.
Some of the stone cermonial houses have been restored to give an example of the original look-- but most impressive to me is the view of the Crateer with its water-filled base, and a great view of the ocean.

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Reviewed March 22, 2013

From the city centre you can walk behind the Airport and follow a trail that takes you up Orongo. Give yourself a few hours to get up, wander around, and head back down again. Once at the top the crater is very awesome! Great views, and a nice place to sit and have some lunch (pack your own as there are no shops!). From the crater you walk another 15 minutes or so to the information centre where you can read some of the history of the area. Apparently you are supposed to show your national park ticket here, however I wasn't ask for it-both times I went up. Do the walk on a nice clear day cause you can see out over most of the island at some points during the walk! Nice way to spend a morning/afternoon!

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Reviewed March 21, 2013

Most of the island is desolate and it's hard to imagine what was there. Orongo gives the visitor a brief glimpse into the history of this unusual culture.

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Reviewed March 18, 2013

If you come to Easter Island, you most likely have an interest in the history and anthropology of the people who lived here. This National Park site was the location of ceremonies during the time of the "Bird Man" phase of island religion. Beautiful in its setting and views, you should come with a Rapa Nui guide who can explain what the structures and ruins were and what they were used for.

2  Thank Joel1945
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