Juan Fernandez Islands, Chile – Island Talk Tuesday

If you were not aware of islands in Chile, then read on to find out about the Juan Fernandez Islands.

About Juan Fernandez Islands

This group of islands are a part of Chile and are located in the South Pacific Ocean. There’s three main islands that make up the chain -Robinson Crusoe, Alejandro Selkirk, and Santa Clara. All are volcanic and about 400 miles of the coast of Chile. They are named after the Spanish explorer, Juan Fernandez, and they used to be a hideout for pirates. I wonder if they’re still around?

How Do I Get There? 

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These two airlines offer flights to the islands, but not everyday and availability may be limited due to the islands being in such a remote location. It’s not a huge tourist spot at all. Depending where you fly from, you will most likely land in Arturo Merino Benítez (AMB) airport and then transfer onto another flight from there.

What is There to Do?

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The islands have many rare plants and species – if you’re a nature lover, then it’s a perfect new spot to visit! There are 209 native species of plants.

The islands used to be used as prisons for political prisoners. Sound like Tasmania? Sure seems a  lot prettier to be locked up on these islands.  Robinson Crusoe is the biggest village. The main sport is fishing for lobsters, and then of course, cooking and serving them. This is also the most mountaineous island, hiking and climbing are other sports to enjoy.

San Juan Bautista is another great lobster town to visit.There are many dive spots around the islands, although the water is much colder so a wetsuit is highly recommended.

Weather and When to Come Visit

The Juan Fernandez islands have a subtropical, Mediterranean climate. The temperatures range from the low 50’s to the low 70’s at most. The islands are located below the equatore, therefore June-August is their winter/colder season.