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Orongo, Easter Island

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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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  • Impossible not to visit, beautiful view. Steeped in history. At the first glance it is not necessary to pay input, if you raise at the end paid entry used to enter all places
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  • The village of Orongo located on the banks of the volcano was used for the ritual of the male bird. Despite the theft suffered to hands of English and American retains a structure quite well preserved thanks to the restoration made
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  • Is located in the end South of the island, in the slope of the volcano Rano Kau. Accessible by car, there is a hostel for parking; but the rise by the trail is an adventure recommended. The road is marked, with Earth; forests there once in a while and seats for a few minutes of rest. Starts at Mataveri, back from the airport and you get to the crater of the volcano, there is the village of Orongo, Center where the Birdman competition was made. It is interesting to see the Organization and the architecture of the village on the side of the volcano. The view is excellent from the cliffs, seen from above the three uninhabited islets (motus), where the downs of snorkeling and diving are made. Take the entrance to the Park, or not can go to the village; the viewpoint of the volcano is accessed freely. Water and sunscreen are also essential.
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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