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Experience – Rano Kau – Easter Island, Chile.

  • Location: Rano Kau, Easter Island, Valparaíso, Chile (Google Maps)
  • Hours: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Recommended Time: 3 hours
  • How to Arrive: By car
  • Distance from Hanga Roa: 6.1 km / 3.7 miles
  • Ideal Month(s): All Year

Rano Kau is a 324 m (1,063 ft) tall dormant volcano that forms the southwestern headland of Easter Island. It was formed of basaltic lava flows in the Pleistocene with its youngest rocks dated at between 150,000 and 210,000 years ago. It is located in the world heritage site of Rapa Nui National Park and gives its name to one of the seven sections of the park. The principal archaeological site on Rano Kau is the ruined ceremonial village of Orongo which is located at the point where the sea cliff and inner crater wall converge. The crater is almost a mile across and has its own micro climate. Sheltered from the winds that wet most of the rest of the island, figs and vines flourish at Rano Kau.

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