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About Chile

Chile has beautiful landscapes and many interesting tourists spots to visit. Geographically, the country has a large diversity of settings that range from the Atacama Desert, the driest in the world, to snow-covered mountains and a long shoreline that stretches down the entire country, among many other alternatives for touring. Chile is among the safest and most stable countries in Latin America.

Chile is the longest country in the world: 4,329 kilometers long, equal to one tenth of the earth’s circumference. Including Chilean Antarctica, the country’s length extends to 8,000 kilometers. It is also one of the narrowest countries, with an average width of merely 180 kilometers. The narrowest point is only 90 kilometers wide, north of the mouth of the Choapa river.

Chile is bordered on the east by the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean is its western border from north to south. Given its length, it is a country of contrasts in terms of climate and geography. All types of climates are found here, from very warm weather in the north, temperate weather in the center of the country, to very cold weather in the extreme south. According to the 2017 abbreviated census, Chile has approximately 17,000,000 inhabitants. Chile’s insular territory is formed by several islands, including the famous Easter Island. The country’s capital is Santiago.

Chile’s administration is divided into 15 regions. Spanish is the official language. The local currency is the Chilean peso. The telephone code is 56. The most populated cities are Santiago, Valparaíso and Concepción.

There is a wide choice of tourist and cultural attractions throughout Chile’s cities. The National Tourism Bureau (SERNATUR www.sernatur.cl) is one of the agencies that provides information on tourist activities, news and other attractions.

Related information:

This is Chile: www.thisischile.cl

Government of Chile: www.gob.cl

Chile is Yours: www.chileestuyo.cl

Learn Chile: learnchile.cl