Chile

  • THE NORTH
    OF CHILE

    Travel guide publisher "Lonely Planet" highlighted the Atacama desert amongst the top ten places to visit in 2015.

  • THE CENTRAL
    COAST

    Close to the Chilean capital, the coast of the Valparaiso Region has the largest number of tourists during the summer months.

  • THE CENTRAL
    MOUNTAINS

    Home to the most popular ski resorts in Chile, the central mountains area attracts many tourists from the northern hemisphere.

  • THE SOUTH
    OF CHILE

    With volcanoes towering over the landscape, the clear waters of rivers and lakes are surrounded by the southern rainforest.

  • THE DEEP
    SOUTH OF CHILE

    You will find countless islands, steep-sided fjords, large glaciers, icefields and unspoilt temperate rainforests destinations for Ecotourism and Adventure travel.


Chile is well known for its shape, it is one of the longest and thinnest countries in the world. It is divided in 4 geographical areas: North, Central, South and Austral zone. We can fairly describe it as a place blessed with many different types of landscapes and unique places to visit.


FACTS ABOUT CHILE


Capital:

Santiago

National Language:

Spanish

Demonym:

Chilean

Government:

Unitary presidential constitutional republic

President:

Michelle Bachelet

Legislature:

National Congress

Upper house:

Senate

Lower house:

Chamber of Deputies

Area:

Total 756,096.3 km2 (38th)

Population:

2015 estimate 18,006,407 (62nd)

Density:

24/km2 (194th)

GDP Total:

$424.298 billion

GDP Per capita:

$23,165

Currency:

Peso (CLP)

Time Zone:

(UTC -3 and -5)

Drives on the:

Right

Calling Code:

+56

THE NORTH ZONE

Home of the famous Atacama Desert, the driest in the world and recently recommended by the travel guide Lonely Planet as the ninth “must visit” place.

Atacama Desert has been inhabited since pre historic times. It is shelter of lots of geoglyphs, petroglyphs and pictographs which are silent witnesses of the presence of ancient cultures in the area. Its extreme aridity has become a key factor in the preservation of such archaeological remains.

The tallest volcanoes belong to the Andes mountain range, highlighting Ojos del Salado which is 6.891 mts height. The highest volcano in the world, Chile’s highest peak, the second peak of the continent considering the southern and western hemispheres.

Blue and clear sky sounds great, but when it comes to the North zone it means a lot more. These particular characteristics have allowed Chile to become a famous astronomical center with a well- known infrastructure which improves year by year. Paranal Astronomic Center is now a days the biggest in the world.

THE SOUTH ZONE

In this zone, the Andes show several volcanoes towering over landscapes of unique beauty. Rivers and lakes with clear waters are dominated by the Valdivian rainforest, native Araucaria forests and other ancient trees species. This region stands out not only for its nature, but for its cultural and historical heritage as well. The area covered by the corridor of Araucanía and lakes preserves the original Chilean ethnicity: The Mapuche community and culture which can be seen and get to know in several locations of this destination.

The Island of Chiloe represented by Ancud, Castro and Quellón; is a token of how Chile has developed different cultures accordingly with the weather and the geographical characteristics which have sealed and defined its people. Chiloe shows wonderful harbors, an impressive geography, historic religious heritage and it has been also recognized as World Heritage site. All of these special features drag thousands of tourists every year to the island.

THE MOUNTAINS OF THE CENTRAL ZONE

This area is home of most Chilean ski resorts. It draws a significant number of tourists from the northern hemisphere because of the reversed alpine skiing season.

Besides from the national capital, Santiago, itself and its many attractions, the metropolitan region surrounding it includes the oldest vineyards in the country, as well as various archaeological sites.

THE COAST OF THE CENTRAL ZONE

Valparaiso Region is very close to Santiago, the capital city of Chile. Summer months drags thousands of tourists, who are willing to enjoy such beautiful cities and beaches as Viña del Mar, Valparaiso, Santo Domingo, Con Con, Zapallar, and many others.

Viña del Mar, in fact, is considered the tourist capital of Chile, it has thirteen beaches, various entertainment centers as the biggest Casino of the country and of course the International Song Festival which takes place every year in the last days of February.

Valparaiso, a harbor and a port, is an amphitheater-shaped city, mostly built on sloping hills. It is quite a view from the sea, watching such colorful houses literally hanging from the hills. Its historic quarter has been recognized as a World Heritage Site.

THE AUSTRAL ZONE

This area is a premier destination for Ecotourism and Adventure travel. It features countless of islands, islets, maze of steep-sided fjords, channels, large glaciers, ice fields and exuberant unspoiled temperate rainforests.

Laguna San Rafael National Park is a park famous for visitors contemplating the huge glaciers of Patagonia. Torres del Paine was selected as the eighth wonder of the world in 2013; this is one of the most beautiful national parks of the world.

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