8 spectacular islands of Chile that you must visit and enjoy.Chile is a country with privileged natural environments, full of forests, beaches, rivers, lakes, national parks and fantastic islands throughout our territory. In fact, 3739 islands are counted in Chile, the vast majority of them unknown and unexplored, but many of them are also very visited by national and foreign tourists because of their great beauty, stories, and mysteries.Then we leave you eight spectacular islands of Chile that you must visit at some point in your life.
Located in Polynesia, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, 3,700 kilometers from the town of Caldera, Easter Island is considered the most remote island in the world because of its distance from the continent. The flight from Santiago to the island lasts approximately five hours.
Easter Island or Rapa Nui, due to its captivating culture, ancestral traditions, and magical landscapes, today is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the world, attracting thousands of travelers who come to the island to discover its secrets, corners, archaeological sites and natural beauties.
In Rapa Nui, you will have countless fascinating panoramas to perform. You can start by visiting the beautiful Anakena beach, the Ana Te Pahu caves and the Rano Raraku and Orongo volcanoes, and continue the tour up the imposing Terevaka hill and visit the Moais of Ahu Tongariki.
Isla Damas, located in the IV Region of Coquimbo one of the three small and beautiful islands. That formed part of the Humboldt Penguin National Reserve. Next to Isla Chanaral and Choros. Among its main attractions are the paradisiacal beaches La Poza and Las Tijeras. Of white sands and emerald waters. Ideal for scuba diving, tourist navigation, and kayaking. Also, the island has a picnic area and a pier. Where tourists can descend from their boats to walk the trails. And take pictures of the place. If you are lucky, you can even see beautiful dolphins. That shows up in the sector. As well as chungungos and the famous Humboldt penguins. The entrance to the reserve has a cost of three thousand pesos for a national adult(six thousand foreigners).
In front of the coasts of the Province of Arauco, Bio-Bio Region, 35 kilometers from the commune of Tirua, is Isla Mocha, an extraordinary and legendary place with a historical past, with breathtaking landscapes, virgin beaches and pirate stories. and corsairs. To access the island, the best option is by air, taking a plane at the Tirúa airfield at a cost of 20 thousand pesos per person for the general public (for the residents of the island the value is four thousand pesos). Another alternative, much less viable, is to take small boats that leave from Tirúa to the island.
On the island you will find really beautiful places to visit, starting from its beaches and various paths. Among the main activities you can do, you can find trekking, horseback riding, fishing, excursions, diving, and swimming. If you want to spend the night, there is a hotel on the island, although you will also find cheaper accommodation. There is the alternative of camping in the open country on the island since there are no exclusive camping areas.
Mancera is a small island located in the Province of Valdivia, Los Ríos Region, in front of the coastal town of Niebla. To access the island there are two alternatives, both by sea. From Valdivia, you can take a boat at the Schuster Pier, next to the Fluvial Fair, which will take you to Mancera after a beautiful tour of the rivers that surround the city. The second option is to arrive by car to the Niebla jetty (15 kilometers away from Valdivia), and from this last point, you must take a ferry that will cross you to the island in a journey that does not exceed 25 minutes.
The main attraction of Mancera, besides its beaches, forests, and fascinating landscapes, lies in the fortifications, forts, ruins, and catacombs of the time of the Spanish conquest that still remain to stand and that can be visited by tourists, highlighting the Castle San Pedro de Alcantara (construction dating from 1645), declared a National Monument, and the San Antonio de Padua Chapel.
In the Juan Fernandez Archipelago, 670 kilometers away from the continent. Robinson Crusoe Island is located. It is an extraordinary island in the middle of the Pacific. Which declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. To get to the island. Weekly flights depart from the Tobalaba airfield in Santiago on a trip. That lasts between two and three hours. Also, once a month from Valparaiso, a vessel of the army Transmarko to the island.
In Robinson Crusoe, you will find interesting places to visit. Such as the Juan Fernandez Archipelago National Park, the Santa Barbara Fort, the Patriots Caves, the Selkirk Viewpoint. And the Robinson Cave. In addition, in this place. You can perform various activities, such as trekking. Horseback riding, hiking, fishing, boat rides, etc.
6.Island of Chiloe
In the Los Lagos Region. The Chiloe Archipelago is located. It is a group of mysterious. And magical islands of southern Chile. It filled with stories, legends, traditions, festivities and fantastic natural landscapes. To get to Chiloe you have to reach the town of Pargua. And from this point. you must take a ferry. That will cross the Chacao Channel to the town of Ancud. The first island and an obligatory stop in the archipelago. In this place, you will have several panoramas to perform. Such as visiting the Pinguineras sector. Where you can enjoy the beaches. And contemplate the great diversity of marine fauna. Such as Humboldt penguins, dolphins. And changing. In the city itself, you can visit the picturesque Municipal Market. Where you will find several restaurants. And food stalls to enjoy the typical cuisine of the island.
Another fantastic commune of Chiloe is Castro, a very particular town. Where you will fall in love with. Its incredible architecture, with its patrimonial churches. It’s colorful palafitos. And it’s beautiful canals. Here you have to visit the San Francisco Church. It is a typical postcard of this city. And declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In the surroundings, you will have the Chiloe National Park. Where you can make excursions. trekking, boat rides, and endless activities. The access value is $ 1,500 for national and foreign adults. While minors enter for free.
Other beautiful places that you can visit in Chiloe. There are Quellon, Achao, Dalcahue, Chonchi, Queilen, Quemchi, Curacao de Velez, Puqueldon, etc. Each one of them with its own charms and attractions.
In the Archipelago of Tierra del Fuego. In the XII Region of Magallanes. This distant island is located in the extreme south of Chile. To get to the island. There are two options. One by sea taking a ferry from Punta Arenas. Another Ushuaia (Argentina). Passing through the Beagle Channel to get to Puerto Williams. Or by air taking a flight in Punta Arenas to the Puerto Williams aerodrome.
In the interior of the island. There are six locations. Puerto Navarino, Puerto Toro, Villa Ukika, Caleta Eugenia, Caleta Mejillones and Puerto Williams. The latter being the most important city in the area. With the largest number of inhabitants. Among the great attractions of the island. It is the Dientes de Navarino. It is a huge mountain range with lagoons. Cliffs and magnificent views of the Beagle Channel. This route is known as the southernmost trekking in the world. And you can hire different tours to explore it.
To the south of the Gulf of Penas. In the Patagonian canals in front of the Campos de Hielo Sur. And in the heart of the Bernardo O’Higgins National Park. It is located Wellington Island, the third largest in Chile. This island stands out mainly for its virgin environments. Composed of deep and unexplored forests. And above all, for its gigantic masses of ice. Such as the Pio XI Glacier. Within the island is the town of Puerto Eden. It is a small town of no more than 300 inhabitants. Where you will find accommodations. If you want to stay more than a day to explore the area more deeply.
Here we leave you a selection of just eight of the most beautiful islands of our country. Each with its own characteristics. And characteristics, some very busy. And others almost uninhabited. Some in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. And others in the southern end of the world. But all of them with a common denominator. Its magical and beautiful landscapes.