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(Isla de Pascua, Valparaiso Region)
Chile > Valparaíso > Orongo

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"A magical place with an enthralling history"

Walking around the village and trying to imagine what rituals had taken place during that era was strangely intriguing. The land definitely has an eerie feel to it that you can't ignore and help learning more about. Standing atop of a crater allows you to witness some of the most spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. This is a must-see when you come to Easter Island as it's got such mesmerizing views.

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Orongo is a stone village and ceremonial centre at the southwestern tip of Rapa Nui . It consists of a collection of low, sod-covered, windowless, round-walled buildings with even lower doors positioned on the high south-westerly tip of the large volcanic caldera called Rano Kau. Below Orongo on one side a 300-meter barren cliff face drops down to the ocean; on the other, a more-gentle but still very steep grassy slope leads down to a freshwater marsh inside the high caldera.

The first half of the ceremonial village's 53 stone masonry houses was investigated and restored in 1974, with the remainder completed in 1976 and subsequently investigated in 1985 and again in 1995. Orongo now has World Heritage status as part of the Rapa Nui National Park.


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