DAY DESCRIPTION LODGING MEALS
1 SANTIAGO – JUAN FERNANDEZ
Departure with local Chilean LASSA or ATA Airlines from Tobalaba Aerodrome for the 2,5-hour direct flight to the archipelago. From the airfield, we embark a shuttle boat for an hour-and-a-half-trip along the coast to our final destination Cumberland Bay. In the afternoon, we visit the village on a guided tour. On this tour, we get to see various interesting sights: the “Caleta”, a bay where we find local fishing boats and learn about lobster fishing, the islands’ most important economic sector; a carpentry producing local furniture and handcraft; Santa Barbara Fort, a monument from which the Spanish defended their sovereignty during the eighteenth century; the “Caves of the Patriots” which provided shelter for all those sent to exile for fighting for Chile’s independence in 1815; projectiles from World War I; and the “Casa de la Cultura” (Cultural House) that exhibits remainders of the German ship “Dresden” which was shot down by the British during WW I. Time permitting, we also visit a natural habitat protected by the CONAF (National Forest Corporation), where we can find a great variety of native and endemic flora.
Refugio Náutico Ecolodge Lunch, Dinner
2 ALEXANDER SELKIRK VIEWPOINT
Today, we hike for about 2 hours through the native forests of this UNESCO Biosphere World Reserve to the Alexander Selkirk viewpoint. From here, the Scottish marine that had stranded on the island was looking for a boat that would save him from his involuntary exile day after day during 4 years. Afterwards, we have various options. Either we go on one of the hikes tracing the adventures of Alexander Selkirk, or you can choose to do some self-guided hikes or optional activities (not included) such as horseback riding, fishing or diving.
Refugio Náutico Ecolodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
3 PLAZOLETA EL YUNQUE EXCURSION
In the morning, we go on a three-hour walk to explore the island’s unique native flora such as ferns and the local Canelo trees. On our way, we see many examples of the red hummingbirds, a species that can only be found on these islands. We also come across a small clearance in which Hugo Weber, one of the survivors of the German ship “Dresden” that sank in the Cumberland Bay during World War I, lived. In the afternoon, you have time for self-guided hikes and optional activities (not included) such as horseback riding, fishing or diving.
Refugio Náutico Ecolodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
4 JUAN FERNANDEZ ISLAND – SANTIAGO
Back to Santiago following the same itinerary. Transfer to the hotel.
Hotel *** Breakfast
5 SANTIAGO – INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT
Due to the risk of flight delays on the Juan Fernandez – Santiago route, we recommend that you schedule your international departure for Day 5. Transfer to the airport and international flight.
Breakfast

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