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Rano Kau, Easter Island

Orongo and Rano Kau

Rano Kau, Easter Island

This half day excursion will take you to visit the extinct volcano, Rano Kau. One of its fascinating characteristics is the spectacular view of the crater lake, with its 800 m surface diameter making it the largest reservoir of freshwater on the island. You also stop at a viewpoint where you can enjoy breathtaking views over the whole island and the Pacific Ocean.

Afterwards you will visit the ceremonial village of Orongo. From here you can look out to the three little islands off the coast: Motu Nui, Motu Iti and Motu Kao Kao, where the historic Birdman competition took place; the heroic quest for the egg and the island's kingship. Here you will also see the petroglyphs, some of which are more distinctive than others after years of weather erosion.

Finally you will leave Rano Kau and head back toward Hanga Roa, visiting the unrestored Ahu Vinapu, an altar built with blocks of basalt weighing up to two tons, cut and assembled with such precision that it reminds one of pre-Inca architecture. You will then return to your hotel.

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Other experiences in Easter Island

These activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences around where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can suggest tours and activities that will introduce you to the local ways of life.

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    View of Rano Raraku, Easter Island

    Ahus Vaihu & Akahanga

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You can enjoy this activity as part of the suggested tours below, or we can weave it into a trip shaped entirely around you.