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Orongo & Rano Kau Half-Day Tour

by Gray Line Chile
per adult Price is $43
Duration: 3h Free cancellation available No Booking Fees E-voucher (printout not required) Offered in: English Offered in: English

Highlights

  • Guided trip to enigmatic archaeological site & stone village

  • Chance to see UNESCO-listed Rapa Nui National Park

  • Ahu Vinapu ceremonial complex, similar to Inca culture

  • Visiting the crater lake at Rano Kau, an extinct volcano

  • Ancient stone houses at the Orongo Ceremonial Village

Highlights

  • Guided trip to enigmatic archaeological site & stone village

  • Chance to see UNESCO-listed Rapa Nui National Park

  • Ahu Vinapu ceremonial complex, similar to Inca culture

  • Visiting the crater lake at Rano Kau, an extinct volcano

  • Ancient stone houses at the Orongo Ceremonial Village

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9:00 AM, Tour in English

Duration 3h

Live Commentary in English and Spanish (bilingual tour guide)

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Total price is $43, taxes included

No booking or credit card fees

Orongo & Rano Kau Half-Day Tour

Activity Location

Rapa Nui National Park

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Hotel Pickup

    Easter Island


Description

After hotel pickup in Hanga Roa, you're driven to the Ahu Vinapu ceremonial complex. The ceremonial center of Vinapú includes one of the largest ahu in Rapa Nui. This ceremonial center has an extraordinary platform, which stands out for having an architectural structure composed of large slabs carefully wedged, similar to the Inca constructions of Cusco.

Then re-board the minivan and travel south to Ana Kai Tangata, a cave along the coast.The only cave on the island to contain ancient pictures, many believe this location served as the starting point of the annual Tangata Manu ritual practiced until around 1800. As you listen to the rhythmic crashing of the surf against the cliffs and hear ancient legends, imagine the men selected from each tribe leaping from the cave and swimming toward the islet of Motu Nui to collect the first egg laid by a sooty tern. Many drowned or were killed by sharks. The first man to return with the egg was rewarded with riches for his tribe for the rest of the year.

Leave the cave and set sights on the Rano Kau volcano and its crater lake. Capture this dramatic landscape from three different vantage points before your guide takes you to the village of Orongo at the southern tip of the island.

Orongo contains 54 restored oval-shaped houses constructed out of slabs of shale, each with a small square entryway overlooking the ocean. Note the abundance of birdmen petroglyphs here, and learn about the site's use as a ceremonial center for birdmen rites between 1600 and 1866.

After your guide's introduction to village lore and legend, spend a little over an hour exploring the site on your own before transport back to your hotel.


Inclusions

  • Guided tour of Ahu Vinapu, Rano Kau, and Orongo

  • Roundtrip transportation to and from select Easter Island hotels

  • Commentary in English and Spanish


Exclusions

  • Admission to National Park


Know Before You Book

  • Children 2 and younger are complimentary.

  • You must be able to walk on unpaved or uneven terrain.


Orongo & Rano Kau Half-Day Tour ratings based on 6 Verified Reviews

Expedia Verified Reviews

4.5 out of 5

4/5 Apr 30, 2019

Interesting history and engaging guide. The guide was very conversant on the various theories and could answer questions ranging from the genetic testing that was done recently to the discovery of the drug rapamycin from one of the forests in the Rano Kau crater. Moreover, having just seen the Moai statue that the British stole in the British Museum prior to taking this trip, it was very interesting to see where it had stood on the island and realize how utterly criminal the British are for keeping it when it is one of the most important statues relating to the Rapa Nui understanding of astrology. My only criticisms would be of Expedia as it was not clear from their website in purchasing the tour that one needed to separately buy a park ticket. Though this was clearly stated on the voucher I got after purchase, there was also no information about how and where to purchase the park tickets. Fortunately the guide was used to this and took us to a place on the way.

3/5 Mar 30, 2019

The sights were spectacular but the guide was very poor. Did not introduce herself and showed no interest at all in what she was doing. A great shame as everyone could have got far more out of the trip with a better guide.