1. Ahu Vinapu, Rano Kao and Orongo City Half-Day Tour
Explore the breathtaking landscapes of Easter Island on a half-day tour to Ahu Vinapu, Rano Kao and Orongo City. Following the transfer from your hotel in Hanga Roa, you'll be 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 head to the Rano Kau volcano, where the slopes offer an impressive view of the islets of Motu Nui, Motu Iti and Motu Kao Kao. Rano Kau has a crater lake that is one of the island's 3 natural bodies of fresh water. Continue west to the village of Orongo, where birdmen were worshipped between 1600 and 1866 AD. The village consists of approximately 50 elliptically-shaped, shale-wall homes with a small square entry overlooking the ocean. Arranged into 2 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 Easter Island from your guide.