UniEel Experiencing: Chile

Chile is a country located in South America. The country has a unique shape – being very long, yet very narrow. The nation is well-known for its picturesque mountainous regions and the bustling capital Santiago. Given the nature of the country, it has several bordering nations – with Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. Chile features a diverse climate. The North of the country, mainly occupied by the desert, features the hottest weather, while in the South of the country, glaciers are present – a vast difference! The middle of the country witnesses a moderately warm climate. The most common religion in the country is Catholic Christianity. The population of the nation is approximately 18,000,000. There is a lot to see and do in this country. Overall, Chile is a nation well worth visiting, helping to form this edition of ‘UniEel Experiencing’.

 

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QUICK FACTS

Nation: Chile
Continent: South America
Capital: Santiago
Land Mass: 290,000 square miles
Population: 18,000,000
Religion: Christianity
Language: Spanish
Currency: Chilean Peso

 

Chile has a very interesting history. The first European to set foot in Chile was Ferdinand Magellan (The Strait of Magellan is named after him) in 1520. The next Europeans to visit came from neighbouring Peru – the Spanish. The country eventually became a colony of Spain following a long conquest. This continued until 1808, when Chile gained independence. The country had a civil war in 1891. The country went through several different leaders until the 1900s, before a coup in 1973 saw the country fall under military control. Years of violence would bring shame to this rule. Reforms in the late 1980s have helped the country thrive since. The nation received worldwide interest in 2010, after rescuing 33 trapped miners. The nation attracts many tourists.

 

Things to Do and See:
Chile features many attractive landmarks. The capital Santiago is well-known and is often a starting point of tourist visits. Conguillio National Park in Araucania features several stunning views. Valparaiso is a port city, and as a UNESCO Heritage site, is well-known. The famous landmark Moai is located on Easter Island, a short trip from mainland Chile. As mentioned earlier, there are several mountainous regions in Chile, some of the most-visited include the Norte Grande, Norte Chico and the famous Austral – located in Southern Chile. The island of Sala y Gomez also belongs to Chile, and features several attractive sights. There are many tourist packages and tours available.

 

Chile is a beautiful location to visit. There is much to see and do, as shown in this article. This short guide should provide you with key information regarding Chile, complete with ideas of things to do. Look out for more countries being analysed in our ‘Experiencing’ series. For more information on Chile, consult the UK’s Travel Advice for Chile at this link. Happy travelling!

 

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