Silversea Expedition Cruises A Robinson Crusoe Island

Robinson Crusoe Island

Robinson Crusoe Island is located 600 kilometres off the coast of Chile. The island is a rugged volcanic speck where 70 percent of its plant species are endemic, and is the largest of the Juan Fernandez Islands, a small archipelago that since 1935 is a Chilean National Park which was declared a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. This island has witnessed and played an important role in Chilean and world history. View more

In 1750 the village of San Juan Bautista was founded at Cumberland Bay and by 1779 there were already 7 fortresses bristling with guns. The island’s isolation offered Spain a splendid place for setting up a penal colony, to which high-ranking Chilean patriots were deported in the early 19th century. In 1915, during the First World War, three British ships and a German one, the Dresden, engaged in a sea battle which ended with the scuttling of the German cruiser. Today there are currently around one thousand people living in the archipelago, most of them in the village of San Juan Bautista engaged in fishing for the “pincer-less lobster”, a delicacy in the mainland.

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Excursiones en Robinson Crusoe Island

Robinson Crusoe Island

This is a self-exploration opportunity and advanced reservations are not required.


While there are no organised excursions available, one or two English-speaking guides from the mainland are available for directions and to provide information.


After tendering ashore off the island in Cumberland Bay, visitors will be attended by the tour staff for a brief historical presentation of the Islands. The tour staff will be on hand to direct you towards the walking paths. The small settlement of San Juan Bautista is only a 2-minute walk from the pier. The main square is located approximately 60 metres beyond the square should you wish to visit.


Put on your walking shoes and explore San Juan Bautista village and the surrounding area. Visit the National Forestry Corporation, featuring unique specimens of plants endemic to the archipelago, can be reached via a 15-minute walk. For more avid walkers, attractions may include the lighthouse at the northern part of the bay, where remnants can be seen of a battle during the World War I, and the Santa Barbara Fortress, built by the Spanish as defence against the English corsairs in the 18th century. But most of all, going ashore means to delight in the stunning landscape and the amazing vegetation.



PRIVATE ARRANGEMENTS

Silver Shore Privato is unavailable in Robinson Crusoe Island due to the very limited number of qualified guides and no suitable vehicles available.