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Following the internal strife and warfare on the island, and emerging out of the ruins of the Moai building era, came a religion unlike any other in the world. At the ceremonial village of Orongo, the Birdman competition would decide who would be leader of the island for the year. The competition involved climbing down rocky cliffs to the swirling ocean below, swimming out to some islets of the coast and trying to get an egg of the manutara bird (sooty tern). Caves, beautiful ocean vistas, the huge volcanic crater of Rano Kau, the top knot quarry and some of the most beautiful rock-work in the island make it a wonderful day of touring.
Ana Kai Tangata – A cave with paintings on the roof and a name that reflects the cannibalism which took place on the island during the warfare period.
Rano Kau – This is a volcano which plunges 200 meters below to a beautiful lake. With a great panoramic view of the island, it is probably the Easter Island's most magnificent natural wonder.
Orongo – This is the ceremonial village where during the 18th and 19th centuries one of the most interesting political ceremonies happened once a year as different tribes competed to become the leader of the island. In a breathtaking sports event that involved climbing down cliffs, swimming out to some islets off the coast, the islanders came to this beautiful part of the island to see who would be their next king.
Vinapu - Here you will see some of the islands beautiful rockwork, reminiscent of rockwork found in the great Inca civilization of South America.
Puna Pau - As if it wasn’t enough to make huge monolithic statues, in some of the latter years, large scoria adornings were made and fitted on the heads of the statues. This is the site from which these adornments were taken.
Ahu Akivi - A restored site of seven statues. Ahu Akivi is said to be the representations of the first seven explorers who came to Easter Island. These seven moai are the only group of statues looking out to the sea.
Ana te Pahu - Like many volcanic islands, Easter Island is riddled with lava tubes. Ana Te Pahu is one of the more extensive networks found on the island and you will see how the ancient Rapanui people used these cave networks to live, collect water, plant vegetables and hide from aggressive visitors from outside in the 18th and 19th centuries.