GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Chile is a long, narrow country stretching along South America's western edge, with more than 6,000 km of Pacific Ocean coastline. Santiago, its capital, sits in a valley surrounded by the Andes and the Chilean Coast Range mountains. The city's palm-lined Plaza de Armas contains the neoclassical cathedral and the National History Museum. The massive Parque Metropolitano offers swimming pools, a botanical garden and zoo.

COUNTRY FACTS

POPULATION

16,136,000

RELIGION

Roman Catholic, Protestant

CAPITAL

Santiago (5,623,000)

LIFE EXPECTANCY

76

GDP PER CAPITA

U.S. $10,100

AREA

756,096 square kilometers (291,930 square miles)

LANGUAGE

Spanish

LITERACY PERCENT

96

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LOCATIONS EXPERIENCED

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ESTANCIA SAN GREGORIO

San Gregorio is a ghost town in the far south of Chile. It is part of the Magallanes Region and Province, some 40 km (25 mi) southwest of Punta Delgada. There is an estancia and several imposing buildings dating from 1882. Nearby are wrecks of two 19th-century cargo ships.

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MAGELLAN STRAIT

The Strait of Magellan is a navigable sea route separating mainland South America to the north and Tierra del Fuego to the south. The strait is the most important natural passage between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

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PARK O’HIGGINS

The park is named after General Bernardo O'Higgins, the first head of state of the Chile. It borders Los Glaciares National Park (Argentina) and Torres del Paine National Park, and is the largest of the protected areas in Chile, covering an area of 3,525,901 ha (8,712,691 acres).

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PARQUE PENGUINOS REY

Parque Penguinos Rey, also known as King Penguin Park, is a natural park where you can watch King Penguins.

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PORVENIR

Porvenir, known as the city "of strange trees", is the largest settlement in the Chilean half of the island of Tierra del Fuego. It is Chile's southernmost town, and has 4,734 inhabitants, including several thousand soldiers. 

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PUERTO NATALES

Puerto Natales is a port city on the Señoret Channel in Chile’s southern Patagonia. It is the gateway to the Torres del Paine National Park to the northwest, and the port for boats touring the Patagonian fjords. The Municipal Historical Museum in the city center exhibits artifacts from the region’s indigenous population. To the north is the vast Mylodon Cave, once inhabited by prehistoric, slothlike mylodons.

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PUNTA ARENAS

Punta Arenas is a city near the tip of Chile's southernmost Patagonia region. Located on the Strait of Magellan, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, it is often used as base for excursions to the surrounding wilderness and Antarctica. The Plaza Muñoz Gamero has a memorial to explorer Ferdinand Magellan, and the Museo Nao Victoria features a replica of one of his galleons.

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TORRES DEL PAINE

Torres del Paine National Park, in Chile’s Patagonia region, is known for its soaring mountains, bright blue icebergs that cleave from glaciers and golden pampas (grasslands) that shelter rare wildlife such as llama-like guanacos. Some of its most iconic sites are the 3 granite towers from which the park takes its name and the horn-shaped peaks called Cuernos del Paine.

ESTANCIA SAN GREGORIO

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Chile-(2015-September)---Porvenir---Tierra-del-Fuego---Estancia-San-Gregorio---11785 cover

San Gregorio is a ghost town in the far south of Chile. It is part of the Magallanes Region and Province, some 40 km (25 mi) southwest of Punta Delgada. There is an estancia and several imposing buildings dating from 1882. Nearby are wrecks of two 19th-century cargo ships.

MAGELLAN STRAIT

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Chile-(2015-September)---Porvenir---Tierra-del-Fuego---Magellan-Strait---2--Punta-Delgada-Lighthouse---11606 cover

The Strait of Magellan is a navigable sea route separating mainland South America to the north and Tierra del Fuego to the south. The strait is the most important natural passage between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

PARK O’HIGGINS

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Chile-(2015-September)---Park-O’higgins-–-glacier-Balmaceda---2--Trekking-to-glacier---3603 cover

The park is named after General Bernardo O'Higgins, the first head of state of the Chile. It borders Los Glaciares National Park (Argentina) and Torres del Paine National Park, and is the largest of the protected areas in Chile, covering an area of 3,525,901 ha (8,712,691 acres).

PARQUE PENGUINOS REY

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Chile-(2015-September)---Porvenir---Tierra-del-Fuego---Parque-Penguinos-Rey---2--Foxes---10953 cover

Parque Penguinos Rey, also known as King Penguin Park, is a natural park where you can watch King Penguins.

PORVENIR

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Chile-(2015-September)---Porvenir---Tierra-del-Fuego---Porvenir-city---other-Porvenir-city-pictures---6489 cover

Porvenir, known as the city "of strange trees", is the largest settlement in the Chilean half of the island of Tierra del Fuego. It is Chile's southernmost town, and has 4,734 inhabitants, including several thousand soldiers. 

PUERTO NATALES

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Chile-(2015-September)---Puerto-Natales---4741 cover

Puerto Natales is a port city on the Señoret Channel in Chile’s southern Patagonia. It is the gateway to the Torres del Paine National Park to the northwest, and the port for boats touring the Patagonian fjords. The Municipal Historical Museum in the city center exhibits artifacts from the region’s indigenous population. To the north is the vast Mylodon Cave, once inhabited by prehistoric, slothlike mylodons.

PUNTA ARENAS

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Punta Arenas is a city near the tip of Chile's southernmost Patagonia region. Located on the Strait of Magellan, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, it is often used as base for excursions to the surrounding wilderness and Antarctica. The Plaza Muñoz Gamero has a memorial to explorer Ferdinand Magellan, and the Museo Nao Victoria features a replica of one of his galleons.

TORRES DEL PAINE

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Chile-(2015-September)---Torres-del-Paine---Milodon-Cave---6625 cover

Torres del Paine National Park, in Chile’s Patagonia region, is known for its soaring mountains, bright blue icebergs that cleave from glaciers and golden pampas (grasslands) that shelter rare wildlife such as llama-like guanacos. Some of its most iconic sites are the 3 granite towers from which the park takes its name and the horn-shaped peaks called Cuernos del Paine.

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