Panoramic View of Moto Nui from Orongo Village

Orongo & Rano Kau Half Day Tour

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WHY YOU SHOULD GO

Visit the ancient ruins of Easter Island´s Orongo Ceremonial City

Highlights

  • Explore Rapa Nui National Park, an UNESCO World Heritage
  • Discover Orongo Ceremonial Village
  • Learn about the mysterious petroglyphs of Tahai
  • Visit Rano Kao, the largest crater in Easter Island

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip Transfer from Easter Island Hotels
  • Transportation Insurance
  • Bilingual Live Guide (English & Spanish)

Exclusions

  • Optional Gratuities
  • Entrance fee to Rapa Nui National Park (see bwelow)

Please Note

  • Excursions can be modified by weather conditions
  • We recommend wearing comfortable clothing
  • Passengers traveling to Easter Island have to pay an entrance fee of CLP 54.000 or USD 80.00 in order to visit the Archaeological Park.The entrance fee must be purchased upon arrival at Conaf Office inside Mataveri Airport and it's valid for the entire stay. Please note that it's not possible to buy this ticket in any other place and passengers will have to carry their ticket with them when taking our tours.
  • Note for Cruise Passengers: We can offer pick up from the port as long as the ship disembarks in Hanga Roa or Hanga Piko, in time for the tour departure. In case your cruise disembarks in Anakena or Hanga Nui or in case of unforeseen delay, we will provide a private transfer to join the rest of the group in first stop of the excursion, which will be charged additional 26 USD per person. This amount should be paid directly on the island to the tour guide. Please note that in case the cruise cannot disembark for weather conditions, we will make a full-refund of the tour.

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ITINERARY

Spend a day visiting the Southwestern coast of Easter Island, including the Archaeological complex of Tahai, Rano Kao Volcano and Orongo Ceremonial City. Our first stop will be the the Tahai Ceremonial Complex, which comprises three principal ahu from north to south: Ko Te Riku (with restored eyes), Tahai, and Vai Ure. Then we will head to Rano Kau Volcano, whose slopes offer an impressive view of the islets Motu Nui, Motu Iti, Motu Kao Kao. Rano Kau has a crater lake which is one of the island's only three natural bodies of fresh water. Heading west, we will get to the village of Orongo; it was used between 1600 and 1866 AD to worship the birdmen. The village consists of approximately 50 elliptically shaped, shale-wall homes with a small square entry overlooking the ocean. Arranged into two uneven rows, the lower row ends at Mata Ngarahu, the sacred precinct where the Birdman used to be worshiped. This is also the location of one of the most profusely decorated petroglyphs on the island. As you explore, listen to some incredible legends about the island.