Orongo - Vocano Rano Kau

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Orongo - Volcano Rano Kau Jan 17, 2012
Rano Kau volcano towers over the city of Hanga Roa and it is very easy to hike. You just need to come to the outskirts of the city, follow the road that goes under the airport and you’ll get to the path that leads to the crater. If you want to cheat, you can just follow the road, or take car uphill, but it is really nice walk that goes through the forest and it is nice to stop and look surrounding area. Path exits on the parking lot where you can come close to the crater and enjoy crater lake and lots of small islands in the water. This crater used to be main source of fresh water and due to its not easily accessible slopes some of the original trees and plants are preserved here. Island was rented to a sheep farming company that had people placed in the concentration camp style area (Hanga Roa) and the sheep actually ate everything they could, hence there was no trees that survive it…

Orongo is a religious center of the late islanders that celebrated bird god. Beautiful carvings still exist on many rocks around the shrines and super cool dwellings are located on both side of the path. That area is national park and you’ll have to pay a fee to get in (or come after hours and roam around as much as you want)
View from the volcano
patches of forestation project
Beautiful carvings
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