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Robinson Crusoe,  Chile - flag Chile -  Valparaíso
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The Island of Robinson Crusoe

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A Scottish pirate called Alexander Selkirk discussed with the captain of his buccaneer ship and asked to be left in an island in the Pacific Ocean that was then known as MAS A TIERRA. He stayed there 4 years and 4 months before being rescued.


panoramic view of San Juan Bautista
panoramic view of San Juan Bautista
It is somewhat complicated to travel to Robinson Crusoe Island. (Flying to Easter Island, for instance, is very easy). First you need to book your ticket in Santiago de Chile, in an airline company called LASSA, which flies, weather permitting, from a private airport only when they gather 14 passengers. The same occurs in the way back. Therefore you never know if you will spend in that island three days or three weeks. But that is not all. When you land in the island then you still have to walk for about forty minutes down until the pier, where a motorboat is waiting for the 14 passengers to transport them, during one hour, to San Juan Bautista, the only village in the island, populated by about 500 people. There are irregular ships going there from Valparaiso, at 650 kilometres far from Robinson Crusoe Island, but then you need more spare time. Robinson Crusoe Island forms part of the volcanic archipelago of Juan Fernandez (Juan Fernandez was a Spanish conquistador who discovered the islands in the XVI century). The other two islands of the archipelago are: Alejandro Selkirk and Santa Clara, both uninhabited. Daniel Defoe was inspired in the tales of Selkirk to write his famous Robinson Crusoe novel. You see many lovely seals playing happily when you arrive to the pier. It is as if they tell you: Welcome to Robinson Crusoe.

Favourite spots:
central square and park
central square and park
My favourite place in the island was the place where the pirate Selkirk watched the horizon with the hope of seeing a ship to save him. There is even a plaque up there. Walking will take you half an hour. From that strategic point you see both sides of the island. You have to pay a fee to enter that area, because is a National Park protected by the UNESCO and declared Patrimony of the Humankind.

What's really great:
a fisherman catch some lobsters
a fisherman catch some lobsters
There is a Spanish treasure in that island, somewhere hidden in the Bahia del Ingles, and a rich North American called Bernard Keiser, from Jacksonville, Florida, is working there already several years using sophisticated apparatus. Maria Eugenia is his partner. But I think that the real treasure is the island itself.

Sights:
the street of the Catholic Church
the street of the Catholic Church
In the public Library there is an original “moai” from the Easter Island. You have another one in the Alameda, in Santiago de Chile.

Accommodations:
stamps I bought featuring the picaflor local bird
stamps I bought featuring the picaflor local bird
The Hotel Pangal, if you can afford it, is very good and with excellent views, although is a little far to walk to the village. They have a motorboat service for the customers. Otherwise I suggest you the rooms of Senora Maria Eugenia, just besides the beach. She rents huts very well conditioned at a good price. The best hut, where I stayed, is the Anna Pink.

Nightlife:
The only place that you can call a club in the island is the Hotel Pangal, where you can drink pisco sours.

Restaurants:
La Senora Maria Eugenia prepares delicious lasagne stuffed with lobster.

Published on Tuesday June 21th, 2005


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Wed, Feb 24 2010 - 06:05 PM rating by porto

Great adventure Jorge, and report. :)

Wed, Jul 19 2006 - 12:55 AM rating by karlakern

mmmm...la comida se deleita excelente por lo que describes, muy buenas fotos!!! me importa mucho Chile su naturaleza real!!! ;) buen reporte *)

Tue, Sep 06 2005 - 08:52 AM rating by dipaks

Excellent report......nics images

Wed, Jun 22 2005 - 03:26 PM rating by esfahani

five star - no questions!

Wed, Jun 22 2005 - 09:47 AM rating by gloriajames

you are truly an adventurer!!! nice to read another of your report.

Wed, Jun 22 2005 - 05:54 AM rating by davidx

I don't usually think of being younger again but your reports make me wish I could be.

Tue, Jun 21 2005 - 07:13 PM rating by rangutan

Wonderful! Very remote place, we are glad to hear about it :-)

Tue, Jun 21 2005 - 05:54 PM rating by bear495

Otras vez, bien escribido.

Russ

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