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Alejandro Selkirk

Alejandro Selkirk is an island located off the coast of Chile in the South Pacific Ocean. It is one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world, located about 400 miles west of the mainland of Chile, and about 2,000 miles from the coast of Peru. The island is roughly triangular in shape, measuring about 4.5 miles long and 2.5 miles wide, with an area of about 11 square miles. It is composed of two main volcanic peaks, with a total elevation of 1,800 feet.

The island is named after the Scottish sailor, Alexander Selkirk, who was marooned on the island in 1704. Selkirk had been part of a privateer expedition that was shipwrecked off the coast of Chile, and he chose to remain on the island rather than risk returning to sea. Selkirk was rescued in 1709, and his story inspired the novel Robinson Crusoe.

The island is home to a small population of about 70 people, mostly fishermen and their families. It has no electricity or running water, and the inhabitants rely on fishing and subsistence farming for their livelihood. The island is also home to a variety of wildlife, including sea lions, dolphins, and a variety of sea birds.

In the late 19th century, the island was annexed by Chile and became part of the Chilean province of Valparaíso. During World War II, the island was used as a base for the Chilean Air Force, and in the late 1960s, the Chilean Navy established a base on the island.

Today, the island is a popular tourist destination, with visitors coming to explore its rugged terrain and wildlife. The island is also home to a number of historical sites, including the ruins of a fort built by the Spanish in the 17th century, and the grave of Alexander Selkirk.

Excursion tips for a day in Alejandro Selkirk

As a tourist in Alejandro Selkirk, Chile, there are plenty of activities to enjoy in a single day. Here are some of the best things to do:

1. Visit the Robinson Crusoe Island Museum to learn about the history and culture of the island.

2. Go on a boat tour to explore the island's stunning scenery.

3. Take a hike to the top of Cerro de los Inocentes for breathtaking views of the island.

4. Visit the local beaches, such as Playa El Bote or Playa El Bote, for a day of sun and sand.

5. Go snorkeling or scuba diving to explore the island's diverse marine life.

6. Take a bird-watching tour to observe the many species of birds that call the island home.

7. Visit the local lighthouse for a unique view of the island.

8. Take a fishing trip to catch some of the island's famous king crab.

9. Visit the local wildlife refuge to observe some of the island's native species, such as the Juan Fernandez fur seal.

10. Enjoy some of the local cuisine, including fresh seafood dishes.

Experience Alejandro Selkirk with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Alejandro Selkirk. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Alejandro Selkirk

Alejandro Selkirk in Chile has a mild climate throughout the year, with temperatures rarely dropping below 10°C (50°F). During the spring months (September - November) temperatures range between 15°C (59°F) and 25°C (77°F) with occasional rainfall. Summer (December - February) is hot and humid, with temperatures ranging between 18°C (64°F) and 28°C (82°F). Rainfall is more frequent during this period. Autumn (March - May) brings cooler temperatures, ranging between 10°C (50°F) and 20°C (68°F), with some rain. Winter (June - August) is the coldest season, with temperatures ranging between 6°C (43°F) and 14°C (57°F) and frequent rainfall.

Cruise weather for Alejandro Selkirk

Our weather forecast for Alejandro Selkirk helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 17th 2024 Jul. 17th 2024 max: 15.5 °C
min: 13.5 °C
35.6 m/s
55.1 m/s
85.5 %
22.5 m
86.9 %
1,021 hPa
Jul. 18th 2024 Jul. 18th 2024 max: 13.3 °C
min: 11.6 °C
49.0 m/s
48.6 m/s
32.5 %
23.2 m
64.1 %
1,028 hPa
Jul. 19th 2024 Jul. 19th 2024 max: 11.9 °C
min: 11.1 °C
51.1 m/s
56.2 m/s
85.2 %
23.5 m
64.1 %
1,032 hPa
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 13.1 °C
min: 11.6 °C
50.8 m/s
55.8 m/s
87.1 %
24.1 m
71.4 %
1,028 hPa
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 13.9 °C
min: 13.3 °C
40.3 m/s
47.2 m/s
74.6 %
24.1 m
81.0 %
1,028 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 13.8 °C
min: 12.8 °C
40.7 m/s
47.2 m/s
66.1 %
24.1 m
79.6 %
1,026 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 13.6 °C
min: 13.3 °C
43.2 m/s
47.5 m/s
96.6 %
24.1 m
80.6 %
1,022 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 13.9 °C
min: 12.8 °C
25.6 m/s
27.0 m/s
51.1 %
24.1 m
82.6 %
1,028 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 14.4 °C
min: 13.8 °C
19.8 m/s
31.3 m/s
13.4 %
24.1 m
88.1 %
1,031 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 15.5 °C
min: 13.6 °C
25.6 m/s
31.0 m/s
32.5 %
24.1 m
81.0 %
1,030 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 13.8 °C
min: 13.4 °C
26.3 m/s
31.0 m/s
41.7 %
24.1 m
80.7 %
1,028 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 13.9 °C
min: 13.5 °C
22.7 m/s
27.0 m/s
71.0 %
24.1 m
81.6 %
1,025 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 14.2 °C
min: 12.8 °C
31.3 m/s
34.2 m/s
79.3 %
24.1 m
83.1 %
1,026 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 12.6 °C
min: 12.4 °C
35.6 m/s
38.2 m/s
36.6 %
24.1 m
76.2 %
1,024 hPa

Cruises to Alejandro Selkirk

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Scheduled ship calls in Alejandro Selkirk, Chile
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Oct. 14th 2024 Monday, 14th of Oct. 2024 Seabourn Pursuit 07:00 am 05:00 pm
Nov. 4th 2024 Monday, 4th of Nov. 2024 Silver Cloud Expedition 12:30 pm 08:00 pm
Mar. 21st 2025 Friday, 21st of Mar. 2025 Seabourn Pursuit 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Apr. 3rd 2025 Thursday, 3rd of Apr. 2025 Silver Cloud Expedition 06:00 am 11:00 am
Oct. 27th 2025 Monday, 27th of Oct. 2025 Seabourn Pursuit 07:00 am 05:00 pm
Oct. 30th 2025 Thursday, 30th of Oct. 2025 Silver Cloud Expedition 02:30 pm 06:30 pm

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