Chile’s located on the south-western coast of South America, between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes range. Its continental length is 4200 km, and 8000 km long if we include the Chilean Antarctic Territory.
Chile has a privileged climate, recognized as one of the best of the world: a warm and pleasant summer opposed to a rainy (every year less rainy) but no so cold in winter. Along this long and slim territory, you can find gorgeous and scenic beaches, luxury ski resorts, the driest desert on earth, Polynesian islands and cold jungle thousands of years old.
It’s also possible to visit beautiful places like city port of Valparaiso, Chiloe’s churches and the nitrate phantom towns in the northern desert, all three places are declared Mankind Patrimony.
Also part of Chile are Rapa Nui, Juan Fernandez Islands or Robinson Crusoe; San Felix, San Ambrosio, Salas and Gomez islands.
Habitants: 16.763.470 (2008)
Density: 22,8 inhabitants per Km2
Language: Spanish, Mapudungun, Quechua and Rapa Nui
Government: Democratic Republic
Continental Length: 4,328 Kms
Total Territory: 2.006.626 Km2 with Antarctic and Islands
Borders / North: Peru / East: Argentina and Bolivia / West: Pacific Ocean / South: South poll
Santiago City: Chile’s capital concentrates the country’s main economic, administrative cultural and political activity. Founded by Spanish conquistador Pedro de Valdivia on the Mapocho river valley on February 12th, 1541. The city is divided in 52 districts, each with its major.
Santiago features a wide range of hotels, with more than 20 five star hotels, and has positioned itself, in relation to tourism as one of the most modern and important congress capitals of South America. You’ll find a variety of great gastronomy that you can accompanied by the best wines Chile offers, enjoy a walk on its parks or many neighborhoods like:
- Bellavista: Has its own peculiar identity, combining the most varied handicraft and shops with many national and international restaurants. Its Santiago’s main bohemian district with bars, discos, theaters, art galleries, cultural centers and new Patio Bellavista. Some main attractions Bellavista neighborhood offers are “La Chascona”, Chilean poet and Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda’s house; San Cristobal hill with a Zoo, a Metropolitan Park and an elevator to the Virgin Marie statue at the top, overlooking all of Santiago.
- Downtown: Its pedestrian walks, filled with stories, cinemas, banks and historic government buildings deliver thus unique and recognizable identity, making it the core of the city.
- Lastarria: Café, restaurants, bookshops, museums and cultural centers are sprinkled among the streets if this neighborhood. It is surrounded by Parque Forestal, Mapocho River and Santa Lucia Hill, were the city was founded.
- Paris-Londres: Combining elegance and style of the begging of the 20th century, its winding cobble streets and beautiful houses carry you into city’s romantic past.
- Historic route: Divided into for districts: Concha y Toro, Brasil, Yungay and Quinta Normal, you’ll discover and experience what was Santiago’s lifestyle during the 19th and 20th century.
- Alonso de Cordova / Nueva Costanera: Gathers some of the most exclusive brands and services on art, clothing, souvenirs and restaurants.
- Isidora Goyenechea: Exclusive fashion stores, great cuisine restaurants, business centers and 5* hotels.
- Manuel Montt: This dynamic commercial area gathers in more than seven blocks a great gastronomic, cultural and musical offer in a bohemian atmosphere.
- Italia: Mixes excellent restaurants (Italian, Peruvian, Mexican and Chilean cuisine), Pubs, Antique Shops, Artists workshops on houses from the 30’s and 50’s.