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Orongo, Easter Island

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#3 of 11 in Historic Sites in Easter Island
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. Take a look at our Hanga Roa trip planner to schedule your visit to Orongo and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Near Hanga Roa, this volcano offers an unbeatable view. It has an impressive crater and ancient buildings which show how they were the customs of the Rapa Nui people in the past. The view over the ocean is very beautiful.
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  • impressive is the view of the crater, all surrounded by the Pacific, very well kept, and very good information that is present at the input.
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  • one of the places that you can not miss, crater orongo, and passing a small museum really one of the most spectacular views, a small island.
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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
  • its the place full of rapa nui culture

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Where to stay in Hanga Roa

The main urban area on the island, Hanga Roa houses the vast majority of Easter Island's accommodations. While the number of choices remains pretty limited considering the island's popularity, the range of lodgings suits a variety of travelers, from budget-conscious backpackers to those seeking luxury. Relaxed guesthouses and hostels provide decent rooms to get your head down for the night after a long day's exploration. Eco-lodges and more exclusive hotels tend to be positioned outside of the main urban area, providing airport pick-up services, ocean views, and swimming pools.
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