Chile

Chile Capital: Santiago
Official Language: Spanish
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Introducing Chile...

Chile is situated in the southwestern tip of South America between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean.

Its extensive length (4,200 kilometers, similar to a tour of Europe from Lisbon to Moscow) offers a huge variety of landscapes and climates throughout its territory, from the Atacama Desert -the driest in the world- in the far north to Patagonia's millennia-old glaciers in the south.

Deserts, islands, Andes and Antarctica: Chile's geography is unique. Long and narrow, it stretches the farthest south in the world, hemmed in by mountains on one side and on the other by the Pacific.

Chile is one of the longest and narrowest countries on the planet, bordering Peru in the north, Bolivia and Argentina in the east, the Antarctic in the south, and the Pacific Ocean in the west, along its 4,300 km coastline (2,700 mi).

The total surface area of Chile is 756,950 sq km (292,183 sq mi), or 2,006,096 sq km (1,246,530 sq mi) including the Chilean Antarctic territory.

Tops Destinations

Easter Island

Easter Island or Rapa Nui, in Spanish: Isla de Pascua, is a Polynesian island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, at the southeastern most point of the Polynesian Triangle. Easter Island is famous for its 887 extant monumental statues, called moai, created by the early Rapa Nui people. In 1995, UNESCO named Easter Island a World Heritage Site, with much of the island protected within Rapa Nui National Park.

Eastear it is considered the largest outdoor museum in the world, with just one main population center, Hanga Roa, and many alternatives for outdoor sports lovers. Snorkeling and scuba diving, surfing, sailing, kayaking, horseback riding and trekking are all on offer on and around the triangular shaped island.

Torres del Paine: Chile's world-famous natural wonderland

The most-visited Chilean national park is a paradise for hikers, adrenaline-junkies and nature-lovers alike. The park covers almost 600,000 acres (242,242 ha.) of wild, mountainous terrain scattered with alpine plains, winding rivers, pristine ice-blue lakes and the awesome glaciers of the Southern Ice Fields.

Declared a Chilean National Park in 1959 and a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in 1979, Torres del Paine is home to remarkable biodiversity. Pumas, foxes, guanacos and rare huemul deer live in four separate ecosystems, along with hundreds of bird species.

San Pedro de Atacama Desert

A picturesque town, boasting a unique history, set against the imposing backdrop of the majestic Licancabur Volcano.

The popularity of this adobe precordillera oasis stems from its position in the heart of some of northern Chile's most spectacular scenery. A short drive away lies the country's largest salt flat, its edges crinkled by volcanoes (symmetrical Licancábur, at 5916m, looms closest to the village). Here too are fields of steaming geysers, a host of otherworldly rock formations and weird layer-cake landscapes.

Chile, land of poets

"Chile, land of poets", as the popular saying goes that is seemingly confirmed by Gabriela Mistral and Pablo Neruda; two chileans Nobel Prize winners. And should there be any doubters, various other authors have contributed with their works to prove it. For example, Vicente Huidobro (1893-1948), a member of the European vanguard in Paris in the early years of the 20th century, founder of Creationism together with French poet Pierre Reverdy.

Among the diverse group of Chilean authors, Nicanor Parra (1914) stands out as the creator of Anti-Poetry, incorporating colloquial language, irony and a tone that distances itself from solemnity. There is also Gonzalo Rojas (1917), in whose texts sensuality and eroticism are frequent themes.  Both Parra and Rojas have achieved international recognition in recent decades.

Source: http://www.thisischile.cl/