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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. 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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  • This is one of the few places one can get sufficiently informed about without the aid of guides, because there are posters explaining the history of the place, with a great map that points to each...  more »
  • This village is located next to the outer rim of the Rano Kau volcano crater. The restored homes of these ancient peoples was interesting. They lived in rock houses with domed ceilings and had a...  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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