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  Rano Kau
by pure1942
  • Rano Kau - Easter Island
      Rano Kau
    by pure1942
  • Rano Kau - Easter Island
  • Rano Kau - Easter Island
  • Rano Kau - Easter Island
  • Rano Kau - Easter Island

While there are around 70 small volcanoes and volcanic vents on Rapa Nui but it is the three principal volcanoes of Poike, Tervaka and Rano Kau that give the island its triangular shape forming the three vertices of the land. Nothing will prepare you for your first gaze across the mile wide crater of Rano Kau and down onto the glassy surface of its freshwater lake.
Forming the south-western tip of the island, Rano Kau is not the highest point on the island, that distinction belongs to the 507m high Maunga Terevaka. However, Rano Kau is arguably one of the most dramatic points on Rapa Nui and a walk along its upper ridge gives sweeping views across the island and out over the vast, blue emptiness of the Pacific Ocean. Standing at a height of about 330 metres, but feeling like much more, you can look down on the stunningly beautiful lake with its patchwork of totora reeds and marshland and across to the ceremonial village of Orongo perched on a ridge on the southern side of the volcano. Trying to describe the beauty and sense of awe you feel when gazing across the caldera of Rano Kau is like trying to describe the taste of vegmite to someone who has never tried it...impossible. Of any place I have ever visited, photos of this place just can’t do it justice because it’s not just the beauty you experience at Rano Kau. It is peace, serenity, power, spirituality, and just about every other emotion possible, bar disappointment!
Rano Kau is a special place on an island full of special places.

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  • Written Nov 2, 2011
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