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Address: Easter Island, Chile
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This lake-filled crater is filled with remnants of the Birdman cult...

This lake-filled crater is filled with remnants of the Birdman cult practiced until 1867.

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Easter Island Super Saver: Ahu Akivi and Orongo plus Anakena Beach Day Trip

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We almost didnt stop here, but based on others reviews, were swayed and we are glad we did. The crater lake is awesome, and the village of the Orongo impressive (though it was... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 January 2015
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Kennebunkport, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2015

We almost didnt stop here, but based on others reviews, were swayed and we are glad we did. The crater lake is awesome, and the village of the Orongo impressive (though it was disappointing to see how the Americans desecrated the site in the 1800's). Visitors center has interpretive information.

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Glasgow
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2015

Loved this and all the legends around the bird men and how the first to find the first Sooty Tern egg of the year defined which family would rule for the next year. It was an extraordinary feat of strength and endurance

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 228 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2015

This enormous crater supports a tropical jungle in it's bowl, with a little notch out to the sea. It is surprisingly beautiful. You will also see the Orongo village and the small islet nearby, where the famous Birdman competitions occurred. Fascinating, exotic and beautiful.

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2014

it's extremely windy up there. Make sure your hat is secure. The scenery is stunning with every step you take as you visit Rano Kau, the second highest volcano on the island and the Birdman caves from where you can see the ceremonial village of Orongo, the three islets offshore and then the crater of this volcano as the icing... More 

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Omaha, Ne
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2014

If you are still looking for that one place you never thought was possible to be so incredibly beautiful yet you never expected it, this is it. Breathtaking beauty and in a place that you wouldn't have ever expected it. This crater is simply stunning and can't be described adequately. You have to see it.

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Sturbridge, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2014 via mobile

The crater is beautiful and you must see where the birdman competition takes place! A small visitor station tells the story.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2014

Orongo is accessed up the volcanic hill of Rano Kau; you must pass through the ranger station to enter Orongo (but not to see the wonderful reed lake in the caldera). Orongo is the only site on all of Easter Island where I'd wished we had a guide. Sure you can see the stone houses of the village complex but... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2014

This was by far one of the most amazing things I have done in my life. My girl friend and I decided to hike up the volcano and it was long, hard and wonderful all at the same time. There isn't any water on the way up or at the top so if you plan on walking all the way... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2014

This is a must place to visit. The ruins have been rebuilt and are very beautiful with a breathtakingf view over volcano, the oceans around and over the whole island. Center for the birdman cult which started around 1700.

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Thank Ulfar A
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2014

The vistas from this location are impressive enough, but when you learn how the people who lived here engaged in a near life and death tournament to capture the first eggs of a native bird that nested on the small island off shore, it begins to portray the true significance of the life and culture of these people. Take the... More 

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