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Orongo, Easter Island

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#2 of 9 in Nature 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. Our Hanga Roa trip planner makes visiting Orongo and other Hanga Roa attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • It takes about 2-3 hours to see this fully. This is Easter Island's most dramatic setting with a wonderful view! There is a small museum with signs that are very informative about the area (English...  more »
  • Orongo is an incredible experience high on one of the volcanoes. a small ceremonial vllage with plenty of signs to help you learn what this village was used for. An incredible crater lies next to the....  more »
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  • Archaeological site containing some amazing recreated traditional shelter structures from the native community in the original village. Located next to a massive crater where the traditional egg hunts are held by racing from the top of the cliff to a small island and then back. Contains an immense amount of history combined with a relatively undisturbed and uninhabited geological area.
  • Such a trip! And so beautiful too. The volcano is absolutely gorgeous and the history is something else!

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