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Orongo, Hanga Roa

#2 of 9 in Nature in Easter Island
Geologic Formation · Historic Site
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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  • This location is sacred to the Bird Culture, as it is the location in closest proximity to Bird Island and seekers of the first egg would lay in for viewing from their cut caves out to the island...  more »
  • Orongo was originally the sacred site of the birdman cult. There are many trails to follow. The volcanic crater and sea views including that of 'birdman island' are spectacular. Orongo has a drop...  more »
  • 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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