In order for you to be able to plan your visit and make the most of your journey, finding natural beauty that captivates, we have prepared information and suggestions that will help you organize your expedition.
Eight things about Chile you didn't know
- Chile is the largest and narrowest country on the planet
Chile has a distance of 4,300 kilometers between the north and the south of the territory.
- It has the “Eighth Wonder” of the world
We talked about the famous Torres del Paine National Park, located in the Magallanes Region, which was awarded in 2013 with this recognition, from among 300 places.
- It is considered an astronomical power
The clear and pristine skies of northern Chile have positioned the country as a world leader in this discipline. Among the regions of Coquimbo and Atacama are some of the most important scientific astronomical observatories in the world ... the good news is that most can be visited by the general public and some even have tours inside.
- It has the driest desert in the world
It is the Atacama Desert, which covers an area of 105,000 square kilometers and extends between the regions of Arica and Parinacota, Tarapacá, Antofagasta and part of the Coquimbo region.
It is so dry that, in fact, between 1571 and 1971, four centuries passed without a single drop of water falling in that place. Currently in Atacama there is an average of 0.5 mm of annual rainfall.
Scientists have revealed that this area has characteristics very similar to the ground of Mars, so several films, including part of Star Wars, have been filmed in this place. Even NASA has tested instruments here that would be used in future expeditions to Mars.
- It has the oldest mummies on the planet
Although perhaps it would be believed that the oldest are in Egypt, the truth is that in Chile the Chinchorra civilization developed this technique 7,000 years ago, long before the Egyptians did it 4,000 years ago.
These can be found in the regions of Atacama and Arica, where dry desert has favored the conservation of mummified bodies.
- The southernmost population in the world lives in Chile
The city of Port Williams is home to some 2,800 inhabitants and is the southernmost populated area on the planet. Some years ago it was said that this title was held by the Argentine city of Ushuaia, since Puerto Williams was not considered a “city” because of the number of inhabitants. This changed in 2005, when it was recognized as such and became the southernmost city in the world.
- It has the largest open pit mine on the planet
This is Chuquicamata, the largest copper and gold mine excavated on the surface. It is about 15 km north of the city of Calama and is managed by the state-owned company Codelco. It measures 4.5 km long, 3.5 wide, and 1 km deep. The mine is currently operational, after its opening in 1915.
- Chile has six “Patrimonies of Humanity” declared by UNESCO
Due to its cultural nature, the Rapa Nui National Park (1995), the Chiloé Churches (2000), the historic district of the port city of Valparaíso (2003), the saltpeter offices of Humberstone and Santa Laura in the North (2005), the mining city of Sewel (2006) and Qhapaq Ñan, an Andean road system of about 30 thousand kilometers (2014).
Hundreds of places to discover
- Chile is an extremely long (its length extends some 4,329 kilometres) and thin country.
On the far south-westerly tip of South America, it is bordered by the Andes mountain range and the Pacific Ocean.
- To cross the country, almost in its entirety from north to south, you have to travel on the Pan-American Highway.
The longest road in the world. This road, called Route 5 in Chile, stretches some 3,000kms from Arica in the north to Puerto Montt in the South.
- The country is divided into different geographic and climatic zones, whose attractions are very different, albeit always magical.
In the north, the Atacama Desert; Santiago and the Central Valley, defined by their Mediterranean climate; in the south the lake district, rivers and volcanos; and ending in the extreme South with Patagonia.
- Chilean gastronomy is defined by the quality of its ingredients: both its seafood and the riches that come from the land please even the most sophisticated pallet.
The Pacific Ocean offers a wide variety of fish and shellfish from north to south.
You cannot leave without trying the dishes prepared with fish such as conger eel, bream, whitefish, cod or the much sought after salmon. In the north, razor clams and oysters are amongst the best shellfish, whilst in the south clams or muscles are popular. In Patagonia you must make sure you try the Magallanes Crab.
Chile and its neighbors offer much to discover with a Camper, pleasantly surprising you from end to end. So that you can plan your trip as well as possible, making the most of your trip to meet natural places that will captivate you, we have prepared information and suggestions that will help you organize your expedition.
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Whether you decide to cross the entire country or dedicate yourself to the thorough exploration of one specific region.
Each and every single one has its own distinctiveness and charm.View zone
Desert, salt flats, geysers, history.
Vineyards, beaches, culture.