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“Where the Legendary Birdman Lived”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Orongo

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.
Windsor,Ontario,
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“Where the Legendary Birdman Lived”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2014

This is a remarkable site not only in terms of stunning beauty but, as well, because you are both on the lip of a volcano and somewhat precariously perched about the ocean far below. The scenery is spectacular. The legend of the Birdman--the first one to retrieve a bird's egg from a rocky cliff on one of the tiny islands off the coast--is compelling and, naturally, the remains of an ancient village perched between the volcano's rim and the ocean--complete with ancient petroglyphs--is astounding. The Park Ranger is a most charming and welcoming person who will delight you with his stories and humour, Easter island is wonderful and the many Maois scattered about the Island are splendid, but the drive up the Mountain to Orongo--and the views from there are worth the effort. We rented a car for 24 hours from a great car rental agency, Insular rentals and this made both this visit and our wanders about the Island so much easier. And the driving is fine perhaps except for all the wild horses.

Visited January 2014
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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“Hiked to the Crater”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2014

Started from the town and took the one and a half hour hike to the top on a well marked trail with nice stopping points along the way. Once to the top, the crater was a great reward and I walked around the rim to the visitor center and then hiked back down. From flat Florida so I made sure I stopped and rested at the different view points.

Visited December 2013
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Bexley
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“Birdman campment brilliant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2014

We were amazed by everything and how preserved the low buildings were and to see the challenges faced try to swim to the rocky outcrop.

Visited November 2013
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Baltimore, Maryland
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“Beautiful views from top of the island and history!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2014

Beautiful place a short drive from the stop off spot at the big volcano, shows the history of it's people and their stone houses once occupied! Beautiful breathtaking views of the entire island and the ocean below! Wonderful, fastinating place!1

Visited March 2013
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Tampa, Florida
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“It Required A Lot of Walking But It was Educational And the Scenery Was Good.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2014

This was famous for the Bird Man and the history involved. The crater was interesting. The view of the ocean was gorgeous. Be careful where you walk because you are not supposed to get near the rocks. There is a guard that would warn you if you got too close.

Visited November 2013
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