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Rano Kau, Easter Island

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Ascend Rano Kau, an extinct volcano that not only helped create Easter Island but now sustains it. The lake serves as one of the three natural freshwater sources here. Climb to the rim of the caldera and take in a clear, panoramic view of the entire lake, as well as the ecosystem that has developed inside it. Located with a World Heritate-listed park and just off the Orongo path, the volcano is easy to combine with a trip to other sites. Arrange to visit Rano Kau and other attractions in Hanga Roa using our Hanga Roa vacation builder.
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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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  • I very much enjoyed visiting this volcano when my wife and I visited Rapa Nui. This inactive volcano (which has not been active for over 2,000 years) collects rainwater in its basin which is probably ...  more »
  • Very close to Orongo you have a very good view of the crater that imploded 2.5 million years ago. You can take pictures from different angles. This is the highest point in the island. Worth you time.  more »
  • What a great place to visit. At first it was raining and misty, but once it had cleaned it had fantastic views. Well worth making the 6 hour trip by plane to get to Easter Island - Its a must see on a...  more »