Orongo

Orongo, Easter Island: Hours, Address, Orongo Reviews: 5/5

Historic Sites • Bodies of Water • Geologic Formations
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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This lake-filled crater is filled with remnants of the Birdman cult practiced until 1867.
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ruthandvern
Wilton, CA14 065 contributions
Fascinating Bird Culture
Mar 2020
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 watching for the arrival of the birds, await the laying and swim through dangerous seas to bring home the first egg and rule for the next year. The museum has excellent exhibits clearly explaining the culture.
Written 11 February 2021
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Sachin K
Plainview, NY5 799 contributions
Historical and Interesting
Dec 2019 • Family
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 into the ocean on one side and the deep crater on the other.

The birdman cult is well worth reading up. There are the hundreds of petroglyphs carved with birdman images over here. Carved into solid basalt, they have resisted ages of harsh weather. The purpose of the annual birdman contest was to obtain the first egg of the season from the offshore islet Motu Nui. Contestants descended the sheer cliffs of Orongo and swam to Motu Nui where they awaited the coming of the birds. Having procured an egg, the contestant swam back and presented it to his sponsor, who then was declared birdman for that year.

One needs to give at least 2 hours to explore this attraction on foot. I would very highly recommend visiting this spectacular attraction to any traveler in Easter Island and preferably with a local guide to get a better grasp of the local history.
Written 22 November 2020
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WImom
Fond du Lac, WI2 339 contributions
A definite must see!
Jan 2020
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, also). It really merits a local guide to really understand the full history. You will need to show your national park ticket upon entrance. The village is the ceremonial village where the Birdman Competition took place. Toilets are available free. Lighting is best in the early morning or mid/late afternoon. Orongo was restored in 1974 with 47 houses, many of which had collapsed or had been torn down by treasure hunters. There is an interpretive trail through Orongo which the visit better. At the end of the interpretive trail there are many boulders carved with petroglyphs.
Written 16 April 2020
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Hamish
Heidelberg, Australia71 contributions
Learn the cultural history
Apr 2019
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 village
Written 25 March 2020
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lesliebauman
Kirkland, WA856 contributions
This is the Birdman Competition Set up
Feb 2020 • Couples
Besides the amazing volcano here, this site is the place the witnesses waited while the Birdmen swam to the nearby island to pluck the first egg from the migratory birds. This is also a must with a guide to walk you through it’s meaning.
Written 29 February 2020
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JrnyJunkie
Cleveland, OH641 contributions
Most interesting history about the Birdman cult.
Feb 2020
Most interesting history about the Birdman cult where you can view the islands where the swimmers went to acquire the bird eggs and see the structures that the islanders lived in on the island.
Written 27 February 2020
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Stella R.
Brasilia, DF26 contributions
Great view of Motu Nui!
Feb 2020
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 attraction existent there. I wish all ahus would be like this - or maybe at least the main ones.
This is the other site one can get into only once with the Rapa Nui National Park ticket - together with Rano Raraku -, which I find a bit sad because of their importance. Nevertheless, one visit is enough to see it all.
The view to Motu Nui Island is amazing, and no pictures do justice to this. The shades of blue one can see from Orongo whilst looking to this place are completely dazzling. Another great site for those who are looking for deeper knowledge about the history and culture of Rapa Nui people!
Written 14 February 2020
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midwaytoheaven
Midway, UT2 981 contributions
Unique Rapa Nui History her at Orongo Village
Jan 2020
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 small crawl space to enter and exit. One the backside you can clearly see the volcano and inner lagoon. The view are pretty cool here.

BOTTOM LINE: This site is a national park and requires a daily $80 Rapa Nui park pass per person. It will allow you to enter all the island parks on the date issued. Orongo Village was less than what I was hoping to see. Is it worth seeing, sure. Primarily you will only see some 17 rock huts and great ocean views. The visitor center is helpful to see what happened here at this site. The trail trail around the main site takes about a 30 to 45 minutes to walk around the dirt path. Restrooms are available but they charge a fee. Those with mobility problems and need walkers or jazzy's cannot get around here. A walking stick is helpful. MY RATING: 7/10.
Written 11 February 2020
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Juanito_Hayburg
El Paso, TX3 144 contributions
You are WRONGO if you don’t go to ORONGO!
Jan 2020 • Solo
I am completing another segment in “My World Upon Wheels/reTIRED World (Bike)tour!”, my annual first quarter travelling, which this year is 14JAN - 07APR2020, and focused on “Tierra del Fuego”. After much ambiguity, I resolved to include RAPA NUI (Easter Island) and am VERY GLAD I did! It is a 5-hour Westbound flight from SCL, and the return flight is 4-hours (due to the jets stream). After arrival on a lovely LATAM B787-9 jet, I immediately checked into a private en-suite room in the outstanding HI-Kona Tau hostel. Afterwards, I Gimpwalked the immediate area, getting a “feel” for the laid-back environment.
Despite the tiny size of this remote/sacred Westernmost boundary of the immense Polynesian territory (bounded by New Zealand & Hawaii in a sort of triangular enclosure), I knew covering it all as well as understanding even an iota of its importance would be all but impossible without an authorized (motor)vehicle tour. Thus, I sat down with FEDERICO, owner/operator of Green Island/Stargazing Tours to attend a 29JAN day tour. In our discussion, he emphasized that Ican rent an eBike from Petra, just a few blocks away on calle principal. And so I went to there and made an excellent rental, which became my means of transportation to the amazing ORONGO NATIONAL PARK.
Straddling the eBike, I twisted the throttle and felt the familiar/aggressive bicycle pulled forward by the direct drive front wheel.
Good thing it had plenty of energy because my route South to ORONGO soon became a long uphill grind, something that would have been easy pedaling for me back when my quads/hams/knees were unfailingly strong, but, alas, I have “aged out” with the inevitable loss of muscle mass. So my biketouring nowadays is framed by recharging my eBike (at home) every night.
Anyway, this route did have some descent to ORONGO HQ itself, where I locked up the eBike and followed the designated trail.
It was extremely interesting, but, as I Gimpwalked farther along, the volcanic path became increasingly more challenging. Heck, I was even passed by people who were much older than I! Kind of discouraging, actually, but I was already committed. At least it wasn’t as arduous as the Gimphike I made to the “End if the World” on Sri Lanka a year ago! (I swore off all such hikes in the future!) So after this somewhat challenging Gimpwalk, I enjoyed the respite inside the HQ. It was a great thing to buy an all inclusive parks pass upon entry at the airport, which benefits the indigenous population.
I highly recommend visiting ORONGO, and it certainly gets my enthusiastic “iWheel of approval!”
Written 7 February 2020
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LookingForFamilyFun
Houston, TX1 508 contributions
Excellent history, better with a guide!
Dec 2019
This is one of the two 'one entrance' locations on your Rapa Nui National Park ticket. There is a nice interpretive museum with pictures at the entrance which is helpful for those without a guide, but the site visit is much better with a guide that will share the history with you. This is the society after the moai builders and where their elite prepared for and competed in the 'bird man' competition. Their 'homes' are still here and some are cut away a bit so you can see how they were amazingly constructed of flat stones...even the roof!

Sea views are fantastic as well, I have a lovely pano of the view, but TA doesn't allow the size so I didn't share it. :-(

Our guide, Nuku, was excellent and he was scheduled for us by the owner of our lodging, Kona Koa, which we highly recommend both! It was $120 for the day and we provided the transportation (which Kona Koa also arranged to our great convenience!)
Written 23 January 2020
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