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Sala y Gómez Island

Sala y Gómez Island is a Chilean island located in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, approximately 890 km (553 mi) off the coast of Chile. It is the easternmost island in the Juan Fernández Archipelago, and the only one with a permanent population. The island is roughly triangular in shape and covers an area of approximately 7 km2 (2.7 sq mi).

The island is home to a small fishing village, San Juan Bautista, which is the only permanent settlement on the island. The population of the island is approximately 100 people, most of whom are of European descent. The main economic activity on the island is fishing, and the island is also home to a small tourism industry.

The island was discovered by Spanish sailor Juan Fernández in 1574, and was later named after him. In 1750, the island was annexed by the Spanish Empire, and it remained under Spanish control until its independence in 1818.

In 1877, the Chilean government declared Sala y Gómez Island a national park, making it the first national park in Chile. The park is home to a variety of animal species, including the Juan Fernández fur seal and the Juan Fernández firecrown hummingbird.

In 1966, the Chilean government declared the island a nature reserve, making it one of the most protected areas in the country. The island is also home to a number of archaeological sites, including the remains of a Spanish fort built in the 1700s.

Today, Sala y Gómez Island is a popular tourist destination, with visitors coming to enjoy the island's pristine beaches, lush forests, and unique wildlife. The island is also a popular spot for scuba diving and sport fishing.

Excursion tips for a day in Sala y Gómez Island

Sala y Gómez Island in Chile is a unique destination for tourists looking for an off-the-beaten-path experience. Here are some activities you can do in a day on the island:

1. Explore the island’s unique wildlife – Sala y Gómez Island is home to a variety of birds, sea lions, dolphins, and other marine life. Take a boat tour to get up close and personal with these animals.

2. Visit the Sala y Gómez National Park – This park is home to a number of endemic species, such as the Sala y Gómez Fern, and is a great place to go for a hike and explore the island’s natural beauty.

3. Take a dip in the ocean – The waters around Sala y Gómez Island are crystal clear and perfect for swimming and snorkeling.

4. Visit the local villages – Take a trip to the small villages on the island and experience the local culture and cuisine.

5. Relax on the beach – Sala y Gómez Island is home to some beautiful beaches, perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and simply enjoying the view.

Experience Sala y Gómez Island 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 Sala y Gómez Island. 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 Sala y Gómez Island

Sala y Gómez Island in Chile has a mild climate throughout the year, with temperatures ranging from cool to warm. In the summer (December to February), temperatures can reach up to 25°C during the day, while in the winter (June to August) temperatures can drop to around 10°C. The spring (September to November) is generally warm and dry, while the autumn (March to May) is mild and humid. Overall, the climate in Sala y Gómez Island is mild and pleasant throughout the year.

Cruise weather for Sala y Gómez Island

Our weather forecast for Sala y Gómez Island 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: 19.3 °C
min: 18.9 °C
38.9 m/s
41.8 m/s
37.3 %
24.1 m
65.0 %
1,028 hPa
Jul. 18th 2024 Jul. 18th 2024 max: 19.4 °C
min: 18.7 °C
42.8 m/s
45.4 m/s
80.6 %
24.1 m
66.4 %
1,031 hPa
Jul. 19th 2024 Jul. 19th 2024 max: 19.7 °C
min: 18.4 °C
41.0 m/s
45.0 m/s
81.3 %
23.6 m
70.4 %
1,031 hPa
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 19.8 °C
min: 19 °C
40.0 m/s
43.6 m/s
82.7 %
24.1 m
68.6 %
1,031 hPa
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 20.0 °C
min: 19.3 °C
41.4 m/s
44.3 m/s
64.5 %
24.1 m
71.1 %
1,029 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 20.1 °C
min: 19.7 °C
32.0 m/s
33.1 m/s
42.5 %
23.9 m
74.6 %
1,026 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 20.3 °C
min: 19.8 °C
27.0 m/s
26.6 m/s
31.5 %
24.1 m
77.0 %
1,024 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 20.4 °C
min: 19.7 °C
33.1 m/s
34.6 m/s
1.7 %
24.1 m
73.1 %
1,025 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 20.4 °C
min: 19.8 °C
29.5 m/s
33.1 m/s
2.5 %
24.1 m
76.2 %
1,024 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 20.6 °C
min: 19.9 °C
20.5 m/s
27.0 m/s
8.0 %
23.8 m
80.7 %
1,022 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 19.6 °C
min: 18.7 °C
22.0 m/s
20.2 m/s
86.9 %
21.0 m
80.0 %
1,022 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 19.6 °C
min: 18.8 °C
22.7 m/s
22.3 m/s
79.0 %
22.6 m
78.9 %
1,024 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 19.9 °C
min: 19.6 °C
29.2 m/s
33.5 m/s
98.6 %
24.1 m
77.5 %
1,023 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 20.3 °C
min: 19.9 °C
27.4 m/s
34.6 m/s
75.2 %
24.1 m
81.1 %
1,019 hPa

Cruises to Sala y Gómez Island

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