If you have a bit of time, take a trip to Cocos Island, 250 miles away from the Pacific coast, a green island with rocky mountains and plenty of waterfalls. It is a real sea reserve, populated by 510 species of mollusc and some 300 species of fish. Considered one of the most untouched islands outside the Arctic, it is reputed to hold a life-sized Virgin Mary carved of pure gold which has never been found, but lies waiting somewhere in the heart of the island.
Cocos Island was declared a National Park in 1978 and hunting and fishing have been forbidden in it since then. Only foresters are authorised to live on the island.© 123 RF
There are more than 300 species of marine fauna in the waters of Cocos Island, including sea turtles, dolphins, coral and tropical fish.© 123 RF
Cocos Island was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. It is necessary to be certified to be able to go scuba diving.© 123 RF
At least three different pirate treasures were buried on the island between 1684 and 1821. In fact, it was the inspiration behind Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Treasure Island'.© 123 RF
Tourists come from all over the world to admire the unspoilt beauty and extraordinary marine fauna of Cocos Island.© 123 RF