General information about Chile

Receiving the Pacific throughout its extension, drowned on the south of the continent, is the narrowest country of the planet.
Famous by its seafood, fishes and wines, it offers to the world a variety of landscapes and natural reserves that surprise by the brutality of their variations. Just a few kilometres away, the landscape changes radically.
Santiago, its capital city, is today one of most modern of South America. Chile offers deserts beaches, natural parks, wine circuits and the enigmatic Eastern Island, a paradise for the most demanding tourists .

Official Name: Republic of Chile
Surface: 748.800 sq2
Population: 15.500.000 hab.
Capital: Santiago (5.000.000 hab.)
Nationalities and ethnics groups: 95% European descendant and mestizos, 5% natives.
Language: Spanish and a variety of natives languages (Aimara, Mapuche and Rapa Nui)
Religion:Catholic Predominantly
Political Regime: Republic
Main Economic Recourses:copper, lithium, fish flower, wine.
Tourist Visa: Citizens from the European Union, United States, Canada and Australia don’t need a Visa to enter de country, although americans must pay a rate of U$S 100 (in cash), Canadian U$S 55 and Australians U$S 34.  Countries from the European Union and New Zealand do not have to pay any rate. When entering the country a tourist permission of 90 days is given to the passengers, and can be renewable for 90 more days.
Sanitary conditions:cholera, altitude sickness
Local Time: GMT-4
Voltage: 220 V
Weather:Although it is possible to visit Chile all year round, the best season for the central area is between September and March. Meridian summers (December to March) are ideal for visiting National Parks in all the country. Rainy season comes during winter.

Santiago: Located in the centre of the Country, it has 1/3 of the population of the country. During day and night time there are lots of alternative activities for everyone. It’s a culturally rich dynamic, modern and with important museums and art galleries. The districts such as Las Condes, Providencia and Vitacura are the most beautiful of the city.
Close to the city you can find vineyards and important ski centers, and makes the city a strategic position in the country.


Torres del Paine National Park:

Considered one the best Parks of the Continent. It hosts one of the biggest Condor’s populations in the world. Getting inside the park, we’ll find glaciers, lakes, lagoons, typical native fauna (mostly Guanacos and Foxes). The immensity of this park speaks by itself. For trekking lovers, its famous W trek circuit demands a week experience.

Puerto Montt:

Influenced by Teutonic architecture, its one of the most important fishing ports of Chile. Internationally it’s recognized by its fresh fishes and seafood. From Puerto Montt it’s possible to visit Chiloe Island by taking a ferry or maybe depart on a cruise for visiting the Chilean fiords.

Punta Arenas:

Is the southernmost city of the country. Pretty and historic, it keeps in its architecture buildings and splendid mansions, inheritance of the wool bourgeoisie of the Chilean Patagonia.
Today an active city and supplied by the bioceanic route, it has a free tax zone (inside the port) where electronics articles can be bought without paying taxes. Its also head city for visiting the Magellan Strait, the Second Otway Penguin Colony and the Pali Aike National Park.

Atacama Desert:

One of the most arid places of the planet, you can access it from San Pedro Atacama village. A combination of geysers, mountains, lakes, salt flats and volcanoes turns this place a unique in contrast. With and intensive native activity before the white man arrival, it keeps a very important archaeological heritage. Close to the village, Del Tatio Geysers is a place you can’t miss.

Easter Island:

Without doubt, this is one of the most isolates places of the planet. More Polynesian than Chilean, it stands out by its mysterious history. It keeps the Mohais, the sculptures that look after the island and by which this island is famous. Inside the Island you can also find the Haus, another artist manifestation as inscriptions in old tables. Nowadays quarries can be appreciated where they carved the Mohais.

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