Chilean Pacific Islands

Shutterstock/50374810/Christian WilkinsonFar out in the Pacific are two Chilean island possessions; the Juan Fernández Islands, famed for Alexander Selkirk's enforced stay in the 17th century (the inspiration for Defoe's
Robinson Crusoe
), and the Polynesian island of Rapa Nui, better known as Easter Island, the most isolated inhabited spot on earth. Both possess dramatic views of the Pacific. Juan Fernández is famous for the huge cliffs that rise sheer from the ocean, while Easter Island is home to hundreds of mysterious and imposing
mo'ai
. Although the cost of getting to these islands is prohibitive for many visitors, both can be reached relatively easily by air from Santiago.

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