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The controversial hunt for a multibillion-dollar treasure in a Chilean park

A two-and-a-half hour flight separates the Chilean capital of Santiago and the Archipiélago de Juan Fernández National Park

The archipelago is rich in marine and terrestrial biodiversity and comprises three islands:

  • Barinia Montoya
  • Mongabay

Santa Clara, Alejandro Selkirk, and Robinson Crusoe, which is home to San Juan Bautista, the islands’ only permanently inhabited settlement.

According to legend, a treasure lies in the sea around the island.

For two decades, treasure hunters used shovels and picks in their search.

But in November 2019, methods changed radically with the introduction of a backhoe with a…

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