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Orongo, Easter Island

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Geologic Formation
Perched high on a rim of a giant crater, Orongo served as a ceremonial center for the cult of the "Birdman," a divinity of the Rapa Nui people. The stone village features 53 windowless, round-walled buildings and a series of rocks inscribed with petroglyphs depicting curled-up human figures with birds' heads. See the cliff from which Rapa Nui chiefs jumped off into the ocean following the quest for the egg of the sacred bird that nested on the islet of Motu Nui. The path on the outskirts of the village, which disappears into the lush vegetation, will take you around the crater's edge. By using our Hanga Roa tour planner, you can arrange your visit to Orongo and other attractions in Hanga Roa.
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  • Here the competitions took place - according to tradition -, whose winning was Chief for a year. An entire small village was built for the bird people, which has been well restored. Probably many young men in this competition on the rock gave their lives have. The way continues has of course also its appeal to the crater. One of the most beautiful craters that I've seen so far. The path is easy to get and there is always a great view of the crater.
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  • Ceremonial village with several "houses", type cave. Legend of a competition to choose the leader or annual head of the island. Small Museum of little interest. Unbeatable views of the neighbouring islands.
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  • We visited this site as part of a tour about the Birdman culture on Eastern Island. I am not sure I would go there for just the crater, but as part of the larger tour it was fine.  more »
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  • Loads of history to learn here, I wish we had of had more time as we kinda dashed round. Is free to get in if you have a national park pass which you can by as you arrive in the Island. I'd recommend you do that. As other people have mentioned the weather changes quickly. Have a jacket ready.
  • Great view of the ocean and the bird man island. So much history to learn here. We enjoyed it a lot. Don't forget to bring some rain gear and warm jacket since the weather changes all the time on the island.
  • An old village of Rapa Nui people. It has a museum and beautiful views of the little Islands near Easter Island.
  • Awesome view to the volcano crater
  • Really lovely viewpoint on the rim of the volcano