Orongo Village Tours

Perched on the edge of the gigantic Rano Kau crater, the long-abandoned village of Orongo is suspended between two wildly contrasting landscapes. To one side lies the murky crater lake and barren lava fields of an ancient volcano; to the other, the bright blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, dotted with the tiny isles of Motu Nui, Motu Iti and Motu Kau Kau.

Believed to have been used from the late 1600s until the mid 1800s, Orongo was a ceremonial village of the Rapa Nui people, used solely during the annual Tangata Manu, or Birdman Ceremony. Renowned as one of the islanders’ most important events, the ceremony was held in honor of the god Make-Make and included a competition in which villagers paddled out to the neighboring isle of Motu Nui to steal a prized manutara egg and swim back to shore.

Today, visitors can still view a series of petroglyphs honoring the cult of the birdman around the village and also explore the well-preserved ruins of Orongo, home to about 48 low-lying oval stone houses.

Practical Info

Orongo Village is located on the southwestern tip of Easter Island, about five miles (8 km) south of Hanga Roa, and it’s possible to drive or climb the hill to the village. The entrance fee to the Rapa Nui National Park is $60 for all non-Chileans (payable on arrival to the island) and includes entrance to Orongo Village.
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Address: Easter Island, Chile
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Admission: Rapa Nui Park: $60 for non-Chileans
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Easter Island Super Saver: Ahu Akivi and Orongo plus Anakena Beach Day Trip

Combine three of Easter Island’s most popular tours into one great-value package with this Super Saver deal. Stand in awe before the island’s iconic moai statues on a 3.5-hour tour of the UNESCO-listed archaeological sites of Ahu Akivi, Ahu Vinapu and Puna Pau. Visit the Tahai ceremonial complex, the Rano Kau volcano and the village of Orongo on a half-day tour, then explore the Rano Raraku volcano and Anakena Beach on a full-day tour including lunch. Best of all: you can take the tours in any order and hotel pick-ups are included.
  • Duration: 2 days
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  • Duration: 2 days
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Orongo, Ahu Vinapu and Rano Kau Half Day Tour

Delve into the mystifying mysteries of Easter Island on an intriguing half-day tour of the southwestern coast. Visit a series of iconic ‘moai’ sculptures at the Tahai ceremonial complex; admire advanced stone masonry in the traditional Orongo village; and venture into the depths of darkened caves to marvel at ancient murals. Watch waves crash against the dramatic cliffs of the coastline and absorb the natural splendor of a crater lake at the colossal Rang Kau volcano, while gaining fascinating insight into the Rapa Nui culture. Convenient round-trip transportation is included from your hotel in Hanga Roa.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Small-Group Full-Day Easter Island Highlights North and West

Spend the day immersed in Easter Island's culture, history, and folklore during this small-group tour. With just eight other travelers, follow your guide to the island's most important landmarks, including Puna Pau, Rano Kau, Ahu Akivi, and others. Round-trip hotel transportation included. Small-group tour ensures personalized attention and an intimate atmosphere.
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
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Private Easter Island Full-Day Tour

Avoid overcrowded Easter Island tours with this private tour of the island that includes round-trip transport from your hotel. It’s perfect for travelers short on time because it packs in a ton of highlights in just one day. See Vinapu, Ahu Akivi, and Rano Kau, Puna Pau quarry, Orongo, and the Ana Kai Tangata cave. A guide tells you historical stories as you go, including a unique tale about cannibalism.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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