Chile’s Pacific territories include islands unlike any others in the world.
Easter Island is both a spectacular outdoor museum and an extraordinary destination with the legacy of its Polynesian culture. It is one of the most isolated inhabited places on the planet, 3,700 km west of Chile’s continental territory.
The island was discovered by a Dutch mariner, Domingo de Pascua de Resurrección in 1771, from whom the island received its Spanish name, Isla de Pascua. Known as Rapa Nui in the native language, it is the cradle of a sophisticated and complex civilization, which produced the famous gigantic sculptures known as moais.
There are more than 800 moais, which represent worship of the ancestors, scattered throughout the island. Some never made it out of the quarry where they were sculpted, in Rano Raraku Volcano.
Rano Kau Volcano is another point of interest, along with the nearby Orongo archeological site. Additionally, the island offers the beautiful Anakena and Ovahe beaches.
Closer to the Chilean coast (about 700 km away), is Juan Fernández Archipelago, a paradise of dramatic beauty, surrounded by crystalline waters, and with astonishing flora and fauna.
The largest island and the only populated archipelago is called Robinson Crusoe, because in 1704 Scottish mariner Alexander Selkirk was abandoned on this island, where he survived for four years until being rescued. His adventures inspired Daniel Defoe to write his famous novel Robinson Crusoe
The island has the most endemic plant life in the world: of 146 species, 104 only exist on this island. It is also a paradise for bird watchers. In 1977, the archipelago was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
Juan Fernández is a rustic destination for nature lovers who are in good physical condition.
Climate on Easter Island:
A subtropical and very pleasant climate, with only two principal seasons. It is
rather rainy from April to September, and dry from October to March. The
annual average temperatures vary between
17ºC and 25ºC.
Climate on Juan Fernández:
A warm and pleasant climate from November to April: day-time temperatures vary
between 22ºC and 28ºC. But the evenings are cooler and warmer clothes are