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Getting to and away

By Plane

Due to the archipelago's remoteness, transportation to and from the area is quite limited. That being said, there are several small private charters based in Santiago that offer round trip flights. Most fly out from either Los Cerrillos (ULC) or Tobalaba in Santiago and touch down at La Punta, the tiny airport on Isla Robinson Crusoe. From there passengers can take a scenic ferry ride (1.5 hours) to San Juan Bautista – the island's main town. Flight times vary, but expect to be in the air anywhere from 2.5 to 3.5 hours, depending on weather conditions.


Flights run daily during high season (winter), then gradually decrease in frequency. If you visit during the low season, be sure to check the flight schedule before planning a trip. Also, the region's erratic weather greatly impacts flight times, so it's best to have a flexible schedule to accommodate flight delays or changes. Keep in mind these are very small planes, often seating 10 or less passengers. Pack lightly, as most have a 10 kilogram (22 lbs.) max for luggage.



ATA (Aerotransportes Araucanía Ltda.)


ATA provides a more upscale (and therefore expensive) trip to the archipelago. ATA also has a flight school and an air ambulance. Flights to the islands are just under two hours and include lunch on board. They have a 4WD to help transport you and your luggage to Bahía El Padre. They also have vehicles for luggage transfers to anywhere on the island. For reservations, call 56-2-275-0363 or 2-273-7185/5209. Av. Larrain 7941, Hangar 3, Aerodromo Tobalaba (Santiago). For more information, visit


By Boat

Naviera del Sur has the only boat service to Robinson Crusoe Island, leaving from Valparaiso. This private company caters mostly to locals who get first dibs on the seats. Your best chance at booking this boat is to reserve at least one month in advance. Round trip costs $180, and each way takes anywhere from 36 to 48 hours, depending on the climate and sea conditions. This trip is also made by the Chilean Navy who sometimes take on passengers during their provisioning trips to the island. Their offices are located on Blanco 1623, Oficina 602. Tel: 56-32-594304. For more information, visit


By Rachel Anderson
I'm a twentysomething dandelion floating across the field of youth. I have an unquenchable thirst for writing, exploring and cheap wine. A cross...
24 Jul 2009

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