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This small and remote isle has played host to buccaneers, explorers, shipwrecks and one very famous whale.

(Credit: Tom Garmeson)

According to folklore, Chile’s indigenous Mapuche people believed the spirits of the deceased were taken to Mocha Island. The tiny teardrop-shaped isle lies about 35km off central Chile’s Pacific coast and its dark-green slopes are easily visible from the mainland. But Mocha is far from easy to reach.

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South America Chile