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A view of an island near Port Ilsla Robinson Crusoe in Chile

Isla Robinson Crusoe, Chile

Isla Robinson Crusoe, formerly Más a Tierra, is the largest island of Juan Fernández Archipelago National Park (which also includes two uninhabited islands, Alexander Selkirk and Santa Clara) in Chile. The island’s name is inspired by the fact that Alexander Selkirk, the person who was perhaps the real-life inspiration for Robinson Crusoe, spent four years here as a castaway from 1704 to 1708. Even to this day, the island remains remote, sitting 670 kilometers (416 miles) off the coast of Chile—a journey of up to two days by ship, though less than two hours by plane. 

Only one permanent human settlement exists on Isla Robinson Crusoe, or anywhere in the archipelago for that matter: the town of San Juan Bautista, with around 700 residents. You don’t travel to these volcanic islands in search of shopping, dining and nightlife. Instead, you will find a largely pristine Pacific island (the entire archipelago is part of a national park), with soaring peaks and flora and fauna found nowhere else in the world, including the Juan Fernández fur seals you may spot sunning themselves on the coast or swimming alongside your ship.