Islands

Easter and Juan Fernández Islands. Polynesia and world literature stories. So much to see in the middle of the ocean.

Monday, July 27, 2009  
Chile Insular Isla Juan Fernández (Photo: Turismo Chile)

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Amid the incommensurable immensity of the Pacific Ocean, two Chilean island territories hold surprising mysteries, stories of corsairs and hidden treasures, gigantic stone sculptures, traditions and celebrations that enchant and captivate visitors.

They are the Juan Fernández Archipelago and the mythic Easter Island. The first, a nature sanctuary and the latter a place of unique archaeological and cultural wealth. Both were declared by Unesco as areas of international importance to be safeguarded and preserved.

Given the extreme insular nature of both Chilean territories that belong to the Valparaíso region, they must be reached by air or in ships that can face up to long distances and currents.  Their remoteness and relative access difficulties have multiplied the legends and mysteries. 

The Moais have become the hallmark of Easter Island, while a Scottish castaway of the 18th century inspired the famed novel Robinson Crusoe, written by Daniel Defoe and based on the adventures of Alexander Selkirk during his insular exile in the Juan Fernández Archipelago.

These are small territories, but they hold a vast number of stories and inhabitants who take pride in their insular traditions, as well as sweeping views of marine landscapes and a unique gastronomy that evidences their people’s connection to the sea. 

The islands are a constant invitation to get to know continental Chile’s most remote geography.

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