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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. 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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  • the village of Orongo is 400 meters above the crater Rano Kau there spread the cult of birds. Houses built into the slope of the mountain. One of the most picturesque places. Note, very hard blows.
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  • Beautiful visit the ceremonial city of Orongo to learn more about the ritual of the Tangata Manu (bird-man) and their importance for ending the conflicts between the rapanui
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  • This is a ceremonial village on the edge of the Rano Kau crater and looking out over the islands where people would compete to find the first egg of the season. Quite an interesting history to the sit...  more »
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  • Breathtaking place that is best visited on a bright day to see the islands that served for the man bird ritual. Loved the ananas that are sold here in the summer. Especially after trekking for two hours
  • Important archeological site for easter island . You will need a park pass. Open from 9 am to 5:30 pm
  • Very cool site with the most signage and information anywhere on the island. Great way to understand the birdman traditions. Accessible by car or a short hike from the volcano. Must see while on Easter island.
  • Great place to understand the local culture in Easter Island
  • This is just a bathroom, not an archaeological site.You'll find some very comfortable stalls made out of stone men. You sit between their legs and defecate beneath them. You won't hear any of it hit anything as it is a deep deep tomb of some sort. I dropped my house keys in there but heard nothing. Do not look the bathroom janitor in the eye, yes the eye. He only has 1 and wears a patch across the other. He'll chase you off and cast spells upon you like Gozer the Destructor (Lord of the Sebouillia) and turn you into Vinz Clortho or Zuul beckoning your soul to eternal worship and evil.
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