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South America January to April 2017
Rano Kau is a crater lake at the southern end of Easter Island. The lake is aboujt 100 metres above sea level, but about 200 metres below the highest parts of the crater rim.
The northern side of the crater slopes down to the Mataveri International Airport.
The crater creates a micro-climate that provides shelter from the wind and the salinity from the sea. It also provides protection from humans, cattle and fire. The interior of the crater has a rich flower diversity that is unmatched elsewhere on the island.
In the interior and on the exterior of the crater, caves, petroglyphs, foundations of houses and even the remains of ahu (platforms) have been found.
To the right of where the crater wall facing the sea has been erodes in the ceremonial centre of Orongo.