Robinson Crusoe Island

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The island’s single town, San Juan Bautista, has 500 inhabitants and where you can also enjoy the friendliness and countless legends offered by the locals, descendants of the island’s first colonists, who arrived a century back.

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The island’s single town, San Juan Bautista, has 500 inhabitants and where you can also enjoy the friendliness and countless legends offered by the locals, descendants of the island’s first colonists, who arrived a century back. The terrific natural scenery surrounded by the waters of the Pacific makes this a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You won’t regret it.

Robinson Crusoe Island – the main island of the Juan Fernández Archipelago, which also consists of Santa Clara and Alejandro Selkirk (also called Isla Más Afuera) – boasts a rich history. Since its discovery by Spanish navigator Juan Fernández in 1574, it became an icon among sailors and a place of refuge for corsairs and pirates, who would use this piece of paradise to stock up on supplies.

His only town called San Juan Bautista, is the capital is a genuine treasure, not only for the booty that was secretly buried by Lord Anson in the mid-18th century, but thanks to its people and natural wonders. Declared a National Park and UNESCO Biopshere Reserve, it offers 61 times more native plants species than the Galapagos and 13 times more birds.


Punta de la Isla

Planes arrive here from the mainland. El Arenal is a beach surrounded by rocks and sea lions, which was created when enough sand (usually between December and February) accumulates. Lobería White Lands, which contains natural pools with rocks and a population of fur seals, a species that is very difficult to find in other settings.


Puerto Francés

Next there is a huge rocky beach cliff surrounded by hills and forests. It is simply a unique landscape. It is here also where the path to Pineapple Hill begins, offering striking views of the other side of Juan Fernandez from this lookout point.


Puerto Inglés

Cumberland Bay near this port is surrounded by hills. The most interesting part about this trip is to discover the place where Mr. Bernard Kaiser and his men sought the precious treasure of Juan Fernandez. It also contains the Cave of Robinson Crusoe, one of the places where Alexander Selkirk was established when he asked to be left in Juan Fernandez after having quarreled with the captain of the ship in which he traveled as part of the crew.


Mirador de Selkirk

It is said that, because of its location, this was the place where Alexander Selkirk settled in to wait for a rescue boat. There is a hut in front of this lookout point, where it is believed that the Scottish sailor lived for a time.

It is currently the best place to see the island as a whole. It is located on the Cerro Portezuelo. On the other side we can find Cumberland Bay, San Juan Bautista, and the Cerro Centinela, while the other island is Santa Clara.


Plazoleta El Yunque

This is located at the foot of Cerro El Yunque, and contains the ruins of the house of a sailor who was traveling to Dresden. He survived and remained for some years on the island. It is a good place for trekking, as there are trails that go deep into the native forest. If you are lucky, you can catch a glimpse of the Juan Fernandez red hummingbird Juan Fernandez, a species of the island.


“Sal si puedes” / Get out if you can!

You can reach this place by taking the trail that begins at the end of Gunpowder Street in San Juan Bautista. After plunging into a forest of eucalyptus and cypress trees and walking for an hour, you will reach the top where you can be hold beautiful views of the town and Cumberland Bay.


Trekking

This island is best explored on foot. There are no roads, so you cannot explore its beautiful scenery by car. To reach sites like La Piña, Puerto Inglés, El Arenal, and Los Ramplones, you should have a guide. If you really want to go out alone, make sure to advise Conaf of your plans.


Diving

The island also offers the chance to scuba dive with some of the best visibility in Chile (over 20 meters). There’s an abundance of marine life, as well as some playful seals.


Gastronomy

Another highlight is its cuisine starring the Robinson Crusoe Lobster and the Juan Fernandez Octopus, sea urchin and fish such as the vidriola, grouper, breca and the pompano. Boats with small kitchenettes offer tourists the opportunity to fish for their own food and prepare it immediately on the boat. Eating this fresh is unheard of anywhere else!


Snorkeling

For those who cannot bring themselves to dive, but are equally interested in discovering underwater life, snorkeling at the beach is ideal. You only need basic equipment to be able to catch a glimpse of fish, crabs, and many more species.


Enjoy the endemic flora and fauna

The great treasure of this archipelago is its unique natural wonders. It has one of the highest percentages of native species in the world. One theory is that traveling spores settled on these islands, creating new families of trees and bushes. Highlights among the native fauna include the Juan Fernández hummingbird and the South American fur seal.


Greeting

It is a ritual and obligation to greet everyone with an “Hola,” even if you’ve seen them pass by on the street five times in the same day. Failing to greet someone is considered bad manners here. You should strive to be a good visitor by respecting and listening to local opinions.


The Black Coral

The Black Coral tree is typical of Robinson Crusoe, and its wood was used during colonial times to make knitting sticks and buttons. This material has now evolved, giving way to beautiful jewelry blended with gold or silver.


When to go…

The best time of year to go is between October and February, because there is less chance of rain and temperatures are beginning to rise and become more pleasant.


Keeping in mind

-Cellular phone service in Robinson Crusoe is limited. Only one company provides cell phone service.

-There are no pharmacies on the island, and there is only one clinicwith basic emergency services, so it is therefore recommended to bringnecessary medication with you for your entire trip.

-There are no ATMs or banks on the island and credit cards are not accepted, so you have to travel with cash.

-The price of provisions is higher than on the mainland, so it’s a good idea to come with supplies.

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