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The Birdman journey

Approx. time: 3,5 hours

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Half day tour, Orongo

The tour begins about 9:30 AM from Hanga Roa to Tahai’s Archaeological Complex, an ancient ceremonial center with three Ahu: Ahu Vai Uri with five moai, Ahu Tahai with one moai and Ahu Ko Te Riku with one moai. From this site you can see wonderful landscapes.

On the way to Rano Kau volcano, we´ll visit Ana Kai Tangata o “the cave of the cannibals”, one of the most interesting and accesible caves on the island where you can still appreciate rock art.

Then, the tour goes to Orongo’s ceremonial village: ancient ceremonial village located on the west cliff of the Rano Kau volcano. There are approximately 53 elliptically shaped house with a small square access looking to the sea.

In this place was performed the most important ceremony of the second period of the island, the Tangata Manu (“The birdman”) which stopped about 150 years ago product of the arrival of the first Christian missionaries.

Return to Hanga Roa.

Tour map


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