Experience Chile’s Islands: Easter Island and More

Chile is well known for its natural wonders, from the Andes to the Atacama Desert, and Chile’s breathtaking islands are no exception.  As your readers make their travel plans for 2015, the islands of Chile are the ultimate unexpected destination to add to their travel bucket lists .

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  1. Easter IslandEaster Island is the most remote inhabited island on the planet, located 2,300 miles off the coast of Chile in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. This paradise combines ancient traditions with a society that up until its discovery in 1722 was unknown to the occident for over a millennium.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site and national park, this mysterious island offers travelers a chance to enjoy diverse landscapes, from pink sand beaches like Ovahe to volcanoes and grasslands. Visitors can go hiking, scuba diving, or horseback riding, and discover the mystical culture of the Rapa Nui through the massive stone monuments they left behind.

Insider Tip: Disconnect from everyday routine and explore the magic of this island atexplora Rapa Nui, with 20+ guided hikes, bike rides, and fishing and snorkeling explorations.  Or immerse in the local culture at Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa, located just a few short steps from the center of town.

  1. Robinson Crusoe Island: Robinson Crusoe Island is the main island of the Juan Fernandez Archipelago, which also includes the islands of Santa Clara and Alejandro Selkirk. Once a refuge for pirates, the island has a rich, colorful history – serving as an inspiration for the Daniel Defoe novel Robinson Crusoe.

Robinson Crusoe Island is a national park and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, offering 61 times more native plant species than the Galapagos, and 13 times more birds. The island’s only town is San Juan Bautista, populated by only 500 people. This is the ideal getaway for nature lovers and a paradise for wildlife photographers.  The island also boasts some of Chile’s best scuba diving waters, with visibility of more than 20 meters.

Insider Tip: The Refugio Náutico Ecolodge, facing Cumberland Bay, offers incomparable views of the national park, and local culinary fare including the Juan Fernandez lobster.  On the beachfront of exclusive Pangal Bay, Crusoe Island Lodge offers a variety of programs and promotions for honeymoons, romantic getaways, history buffs and nature lovers.

  1. Chiloé: Chiloé is an archipelago composed of more than 30 islands, Isla Grande de Chiloébeing the largest one and the first stop from the ferry that takes the visitors across the mainland. The islands are known for the hospitality of their people and their colorful wooden houses, palafitos. The best way to discover Chiloé is via kayak or ferry; along the way, be sure to experience the delicious local cuisine, cultural festivals, and incredible landscapes and wildlife.

Tantauco Park, on the south-eastern tip of the island, is a private reserve with an impressive endemic forest.  It is has been declared one of the 25 most biologically diverse hotspots on the planet.  It also plays host to the Tantauco Exploration Race, which combines long distance kayaking, mountain biking, and trekking.

Insider Tip: Tierra Chiloé, just opened September 2014, has 12 exclusive rooms, each exploring an aspect of the region’s cultural identity. From Hotel Parque Quilquico, you can discover the real charm of Chiloe, with stunning views of the sea and countryside. 

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