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Juan Fernandez Archipelago / Robinson Crusoe Island

Introduction


The archipelago is mainly known for having been the home to the marooned sailor Alexander Selkirk for four years, which may have inspired the novel Robinson Crusoe.


The Juan Fernandez Archipelago are home to a high percentage of rare and endemic plants and animals, and are recognized as a distinct ecoregion. The volcanic origin and remote location of the islands meant that the islands' flora and fauna had to reach the archipelago from far across the sea.


There are over 200 native species of plants, which 126 species (62 percent) are endemic. Many plants are characteristic of the Antarctic flora, and are related to plants found in southern South America, New Zealand and Australia.


Twenty land-and-seabird species breed on the islands, including three endemics (Juan Fernandez Firecrown, Masafuera Rayadito and Juan Fernandez Tit-Tyrant), three endemic subspecies (Juan Fernandez Hawk, among them) and three breeding endemics (including the Pink-footed Shearwater). Robinson Crusoe Island is home to an endemic and endangered hummingbird, the Juan Fernandez Firecrown (this relative large hummingbird, about 13 cm long, is thought to number only about 500 individuals) and four Pterodroma Gadfly-Petrels, including Stejneger´s, Kermadec, Juan Fernandez and Defilippi´s petrels.


 


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Tour highlights


  • Price: US$ per person. Including: English-speaking Ornithologist and Birding Guide, lodging, all meals, boat travel or national flights, private transportation, boat trips and entrance fees to national parks.


    Meet and depart: Santiago.


    Dates: All year.


     



Juan Fernandez Archipelago / Robinson Crusoe Island - 4 days / 3 nights & 7 days / 6 nights