"Archipielago Juan Fernandez" Isla Róbinson Crusoe by IIGUANA

Isla Róbinson Crusoe Travel Guide: 10 reviews and 16 photos

Robinsoe Crusoe Island

The Juan Fernandez Islands are a group of islands 670 kms off mainland Chile, between the chilean coast and Easter Island. It's a remote place, with a few houses (500 people live on the main island), but it's quite peaceful, with nice seafood and quite good scuba diving.
This group of islands is composed by 2 big islands and a rather small one. The first one, the main island, is called Robinson Crusoe Island or Mas a Tierra (Closer to Land), as if was often called in the early years. The second island, is the Alejandro Selkirk island, or so called Mas Afuera (Further Away), and the third, but not least, is the Santa Clara Island, the smallest of the three.
This group of islands is famous for being the inspiration for Daniel Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe", based on the real story of the scottish sailor Alexander Selkirk who marooned in 1705 and lived on these islands for 5 years.
The islands were once used as chilean prison during the independence years back in the 19th century.
Since 1977, these islands, World Biosphere Reserves, have been considered of maximum scientific importance because of the endemic species of flora and fauna. 101 of the 146 native species of plants are endemic.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Good food, nice views, good for scuba diving
  • Cons:Nothing else to do but what's listed above
  • In a nutshell:Pirate legends, lobsters and scuba diving
  • Last visit to Isla Róbinson Crusoe: Nov 2000
  • Intro Updated Nov 15, 2003
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  • jadedmuse's Profile Photo
    May 10, 2007 at 11:38 AM

    No sabía que estas islas se identifican como las de "Robinson Crusoe"...que detalle más interesante! Pisco por langosta...hmmmm! A tu salúd!

  • DPando's Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2007 at 7:07 AM

    uff amigo !! tremenda la experiencia. sin duda hare lo posible por acercarme en octubre a las islas !! gracias !!

  • frankcanfly's Profile Photo
    Apr 24, 2006 at 9:53 AM

    Wow! I´d love to get here!

  • Aug 5, 2005 at 12:39 AM

    a great page on a very interesting place jorge! it looks so remote and wild... must be great to see such a place!

  • Dec 5, 2004 at 5:37 AM

    Trading, Trekking and T beautiful pictures..!

  • Kristina1701's Profile Photo
    Aug 3, 2004 at 11:19 PM

    sounds like a fantastic place; interesting page with some beautiful pics

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    May 3, 2004 at 2:04 PM

    These are some great tips for a really off-the-beaten track destination. Sounds like you need to bring some warm wet suits to go along with those sea lions, though. Now, if I can only talk the Chilean Navy to taking me out there on the Huascaran:-]

  • Apr 2, 2004 at 3:46 AM

    Sounds like my kind of vacation! Great tips and pics!! Jen

  • chicabonita's Profile Photo
    Feb 24, 2004 at 10:43 AM

    Wonderful place and the lobster "empanadas" sounds good!

  • shdw100's Profile Photo
    Jan 23, 2004 at 6:59 AM

    Note to self: Bring something to trade with! Interesting place here, reminds me of Hawaii in a way.

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