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Why Robinson Crusoe Island May Simply Be the Most Distinctive Place on Earth.

Quién no conoce el bosque chileno, no conoce este planeta. De aquellas tierras, de aquel barro, de aquel silencio, he salido yo a andar, a cantar por el mundo.

Those that have no idea the Chilean forests, have no idea this planet. From these lands, from that soil, from that stillness, I’ve come out to stroll, to sing for the world.

Pablo Neruda’s phrases echoed in my thoughts as I started experiencing the breathtaking landscapes and biodiversity of Robinson Crusoe Island (earlier referred to as Mas a Tierra), almost 700 km off the coast of Chile in South America.

Over the previous decade, I’ve been fortunate sufficient to gradual journey by means of many distinctive locations world wide. However nothing may’ve ready me for the month I spent on Robinson Crusoe Island, studying about its endemic species, greedy the challenges of conservation, bonding with the local people and dealing on sustainability initiatives. Right here’s why:

No people had set foot on Robinson Crusoe Island (Chile) till 500 years in the past

A Spanish sailor first arrived arrived right here in 1574 – and the Juan Fernandez Archipelago, to which the island belongs, is known as after him.

Robinson Crusoe Island chile, Robinson crusoe island
Photograph: Callum Thompson @Adventure_cal

So the island’s endemic forests, crops, marine animals and birds advanced in isolation

Many species are solely discovered right here in your complete world!

Juan Fernandez Fur Seals

Attending to Robinson Crusoe Isla includes an adventurous journey on a tiny 6-seater airplane – not for the faint hearted!

Solely 4 individuals + 2 pilots can fly the 700 kilometers at one time – and solely when the climate is simply excellent for touchdown on the brief, slim strip that’s the Robinson Crusoe Island airport. Earlier than the pandemic, it was additionally doable to take a ship over 4 days.

flights to robinson crusoe island chile
Photograph: Callum Thompson

The endemic Juan Fernandez Fur Seals greet you on the airport jetty

Declared extinct within the 1800s, a number of seal pups have been present in a cave within the Sixties. The island neighborhood determined to guard them, and the Chilean authorities lastly declared their searching (largely by American ships) unlawful. Their inhabitants has bounced again superbly in current many years!

And the boat journey to San Juan Bautista – the island’s solely inhabited village – is paying homage to a scene from Jurassic Park

San juan bautista

Solely a 1000 odd locals name the island home

As per the 2017 census, the official Robinson Crusoe Island inhabitants is 976!

San juan bautista, robinson crusoe chile

But life right here is bustling with neighborhood actions

Assume basketball and soccer tournaments, hikes for girls, triathlons, swimming within the ocean on a full moon evening, entrepreneur festivals and so on!

plazoleta el yunque

Despite the fact that 97% of the Juan Fernandez Archipelago is a protected nationwide park

tres puntas, juan fernandez archipelago, robinson crusoe images
Photograph: Callum Thompson

People have left an enormous footprint on the island

Villagra, robinson crusoe island, robinson crusoe pictures

Invasive species launched lots of of years in the past

Together with rats, rabbits, goats, cows, horses, canine and cauti (feral cats) – and crops like mora (blackberry), maqui and murtiya.

island conservation chile

Have been crowding out the slow-growing endemic forests

endemic forest chile, juan fernandez chile, robinson crusoe chile
Photograph: Callum Thompson

Making it one of the endangered locations on earth

Juan fernandez biodiversity
Photograph: Callum Thompson

Lower than 500 Juan Fernandez Firecrown buzzing birds stay right here within the wild

Discovered solely on Robinson Crusoe island in your complete world.

And the final remaining Dendroseris Neriifolia tree on the earth!

Dendroseris Neriifolia
Photograph: Callum Thompson

However Island Conservation, CONAF (Chile’s forest division), Oikonos and different native organisations have been working to eradicate invasive species

The one strategy to defend the endemic forests and uncommon species of the island is to eradicate the invasive species – a painful process in each manner.

Island conservation, robinson crusoe, juan fernandez
Photograph: Callum Thompson

Aided by Lenovo’s good know-how

That permits checking digital camera traps on the go.

Lenovo work for humankind
Photograph: Callum Thompson

Which additionally allowed me to work remotely

Journaling and documenting the conservation work on my Lenovo Tab 11 Professional.

Lenovo Tab 11 Pro
Photograph: Callum Thompson

And provoke new initiatives with the neighborhood as a part of the #workforhumankind initiative

Together with a pilot neighborhood farming venture, and a proposal to assist the island’s transition from diesel-generated electrical energy to solar energy.

community farming robinson crusoe, work for humankind
Photograph: Callum Thompson

Over a month, I skilled the stark, dramatic landscapes throughout the island

Tourism on Robinson Crusoe Island has formally been on pause through the pandemic although.

Isla robinson crusoe, mas a tierra

Constructed lovely friendships with the island neighborhood

robinson crusoe island people

Got here nose to nose with the truth of conservation, local weather change and species extinction

species extinction juan fernandez
Photograph: Callum Thompson

Witnessed essentially the most magical mornings and moon rises

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And located immense inspiration, hope and gratitude to guard the species we’re fortunate to share this planet with.

Do you dream of visiting a spot as distant as Isla Robinson Crusoe?

*Be aware: I used to be invited to Robinson Crusoe as a part of the Work for Humankind venture with Lenovo and Island Conservation. What an honor!

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