Project Description

Robinson Crusoe & Easter Island & Carretera Austral itinerary – 22 days

“A journey of discovery through my beautiful Chilean Patagonia, the “Carretera Austral”, the southern road. A way to the end of the world, to glaciers and melt water, to beautiful nature and impressive silence. While traveling, the landscape changes again and again; every valley has its own “micro clima” that ensures different vegetation, temperatures and precipitation. The views around the General Carrera lake are truly phenomenal.”

Offbeat Islands | Breathtaking adventures to unspoiled islands

Overview

This itinerary is in cooperation with

Patiperra TravelsRobinson Crusoe Island, Juan Fernández, Chile
Easter Island, Chile

Offbeat Islands and Patiperra Travels are happy to offer this unique and extraordinary Robinson Crusoe & Easter Island & Carretera Austral itinerary. Unique because they are rarely visited and because there is no such place anywhere else in the world. The journey begins with a few days at the castaway island Robinson Crusoe, in the Juan Fernández archipelago. You continue to mythic Patagonian Carretera Austral, an exciting self-drive adventure to the end of the world. This itinerary ends with a visit to the mysterious Easter Island, lost in the Pacific, known for its logic-defying statues and Polynesian heritage. A trip of extremes and to offbeat destinations.

The Juan Fernández archipelago consists of 3 islands, of which Robinson Crusoe and Isla Alejandro Selkirk are the largest. Only Robinson Crusoe is permanently inhabited, around 1,000 people live in the village of San Juan Bautista. It is here where the British marine Alexander Selkirk spent 4 years in solitude from 1705 to 1709. He asked his captain to let him off the ship at the island after they had a disagreement. The ship, including the crew, then perished. The well-known adventure novel Robinson Crusoe by author Daniel Defoe is based on the life of Selkirk and the hardships he had to endure. The island group was a haven for pirates who had a safe base here and you can still see some military relics.

The archipelago is volcanic in origin and that creates a rugged landscape with lots of greenery and variety: beautiful beaches, rugged mountains, and solitude and peacefulness. It is a true paradise for nature lovers. There are plenty of walks that could be explored, and in addition you can go diving, fishing, horse riding, kayaking. This is a paradise for divers in particular: in addition to special fish in these waters, this is the home base for many curious fur-seals.  It is truly a special place to spend a few days: not yet discovered, rugged nature with beautiful views, delicious food and a pleasant climate.

This is followed by the discovery tour of the beautiful Carretera Austral, ranked as one the world’s ultimate road trips. Where the north of this “southern road” is still full of green and lush Valdivian rainforest, the southern landscape is a wide and open. The route is really amazing and full of breathtaking views. The Valle de los Exploradores, in the west, offers the chance to hike on the Exploradores glacier. A magical experience. You also cross the rivers Baker and New, where you see the spectacular amalgamation of the milky glacier melting water of the Nef river and the bright turquoise colour of the Baker river. You then continue to the absolute highlight of the Carretera Austral: Villa O’Higgins. A special place to be where you can take beautiful walks, fish with the locals or take a boat trip on Lake O’Higgins.

Last but not least of this Robinson Crusoe & Easter Island & Carretera Austral itinerary is the mysterious volcanic island in the middle of the Pacific, Easter Island. Dutchman Jacob Roggeveen discovered the island on Easter Sunday in 1722, hence its name. The inhabitants of Easter Island, the Rapa Nui, enjoy a special status within Chile. In this “territorio especial” they have more autonomy and liberties. Easter Island is most famous for its nearly 1,000 extant Moia monumental statues, created by the early Rapa Nui people, formerly Poynesian inhabitants between 1200-1500 AD. They have been moved across the island regularly and there is a theory that they used tree trunks for transport, hence no trees are left today. In 1995, UNESCO named Easter Island a World Heritage Site.

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What is active

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What is active

  • up to 25% easy; only short hikes or other activities for a few days of the itinerary; no special fitness required
  • 25% – 50% basic; Activities up to 2 hours every other day; average fitness level expected
  • 50% – 75% medium; daily exercise between 2 and 4 hours; good fitness required
  • 75% – 100% challenging; daily activities between 4 and 6 hours, a few days full-day hikes in hard terrain; excellent fitness required

What is cultural

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What is cultural

  • up to 25% low; old remains at the destination are rare; low number of cultural activities and local exchange
  • 25% – 50% basic; some historical sites at the destination, average cultural activities and local exchange
  • 50% – 75% medium; adequate number of historical places, cultural activities and local exchange
  • 75% – 100% intense; abundant historical sites, cultural activities and local exchange
Carretera Austral, Patagonia, Chile

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Tourism
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Facilities

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What is the level of this itinerary

  • 0% – 25%; Tourism: hardly any tourists; Infrastructure: most roads are unpaved / bad roads. Facilities: very simple accommodation, no shower / bucket, latrine
  • 25% – 50%; Tourism: mainly local tourism; Infrastructure: majority of unpaved roads, but in fairly good condition; Facilities: simple accommodation, bucket shower, no flushing toilets
  • 50% – 75%; Tourism: tourism services available but not fully used; Infrastructure: good balance on paved and unpaved roads; Facilities: comfortable beds, toilet flushing and shower
  • 75% – 100%; Tourism: touristic, local life influenced; Infrastructure: most of the roads are paved. Facilities: additional facilities in accommodation such as swimming pool, terrace, bar

Pricing

Comfort

from € 4,399,-

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What is comfort

  • Accommodation is based on twin or double room in hotels or guesthouses with private bathroom. By default no kitchen facility.
  • Rental cars are compact size class with basic insurance.

What is included

  • Accommodation for 19 nights including breakfast

  • Rental car for 8 days Carretera Austral, with basic insurance

  • Return flights from Santiago de Chile to Robinson Crusoe Island, Santiago de Chile to Coyhaique (Carretera Austral) and Santiago de Chile to Easter Island

  • Map of Chile

What is not included

  • Flights to and out of Santiago de Chile

  • Meals, snacks and drinks (specifically stated when included)

  • All prices are based on 2 people minimum hence single supplement on accommodation & rental car

  • Entry tickets for (national) parks

  • Booking fee of EUR 30

  • Mandatory contribution of EUR 15 per booking to Guarantee Fund GGTO

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