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Rano Kau

Embark on a captivating adventure to Rano Kau on Easter Island, where you can witness the breathtaking beauty of the volcanic crater lake and immerse yourself in the ancient mysteries and natural wonders of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Rano Kau is a massive volcanic crater that holds significance both geologically and culturally for the Rapa Nui people, making it a must-see volcano tourism destination for those exploring the island.

The crater was formed through volcanic activity and is believed to be over 2.5 million years old. Its immense size and the lush vegetation covering its walls create a stunning landscape. Visitors can explore the crater’s rim and witness firsthand the remnants of its volcanic past, including steep cliffs, a pristine lagoon, and panoramic views of the surrounding area.

The now extinct volcano holds immense importance in the history of the Rapa Nui people. It is believed to have been a sacred site for their spiritual practices. The ceremonial village of Orongo, located on the rim of the crater, was a central hub for the island’s Birdman Cult, a complex belief system involving rituals and competitions. Visitors can explore the ruins of Orongo and gain insight into the ancient traditions and customs of the Rapa Nui people.

Visitors can enjoy panoramic vistas of the Pacific Ocean, the island’s coastline, and the neighboring Motu Nui islet from the crater rim. The vibrant colors of the crater’s vegetation, ranging from lush greens to rich reds, create a stunning backdrop against the deep blue waters. In addition, the tranquility and serenity of the site and its scenic beauty provide an opportunity for reflection and appreciation of the island’s natural wonders.

Through the viewfinder

Rano Kau Uncensored

Rano Kau is a dormant volcano with little excitement other than the stunning views of the collapsed caldera and surrounding area. However, visiting the crater’s rim is easy as there are paved roads to the summit and marked paths along the perimeter.

If you watch, you’ll find tiny black shards of obsidian everywhere. Obsidian is a byproduct of volcanic eruptions and is created when lava is ejected from a volcano and cools rapidly with minimal crystal growth. Obsidian can be very sharp and was used to make weapons and tools generations ago. The history of the volcano encapsulates the essence of Easter Island, offering a glimpse into its past and an appreciation for the wonders of the natural world.

Frequently Asked Questions

How tall is Rano Kau on Easter Island?

Rano Kau is 324 meters (1,063 feet) at its tallest point, and is 1 kilometer is diameter.

Can you hike the Rano Kau volcano on Easter Island?

Yes, you can easily hike the rim of Rano Kau. There are marked paths that take you almost half way around the circumference of the caldera.

Is Rano Kau still active?

It is estimated that Rano Kau last erupted more than 2.5 million years ago, and is no longer considered active.

Everything you need to know before you visit Rano Kau


19 C
/ 66 F

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-27.1808, -109.4357


December – March


April – November


1-2 Hours


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Rano Kau


Sean's uncensored review of Rano Kau volcano on Easter Island.

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  • There's not a lot to see other than the rim of a dormant volcano.

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