Political Map of Chile shows the international boundaries, provincial boundaries with names, and national capital.
Geography of Chile
Chile is a narrow and long stretch of the landmass in the South-West part of Latin America. The geography of Chile stretches from the ‘Antarctic’ in the innermost South to the ‘Atacama Desert’ in the north, the most scorched part in the world. The tapered land is edged by the hills on one part and the Pacific on the other. The total land area of Chile is 2,006,096 SqKm including the Antarctic territory of Chile. The nation is bordered by Bolivia and Peru in the North; Argentina in the East; the Antarctic in the South and the Pacific Ocean in the west.
Demography of Chile
The current population of Chile is approximately 19.12 million and its economy is majorly based on farming produces, mining of iron, copper, nitrate, and the utilization of sea reserves. Chile is a highly affluent and steady region and has been leading Latin America in terms of growth; per capita income, low bribery perception, and globalization. Chile has a mixed society; approximately 30% of Chile’s people belong to ‘Caucasian’ origin. The country also has Spanish, Italians, French, Germans, and Irish immigrants.
Culture in Chile
Nearly 54% of people here follow Christianity and Roman Catholic; 14% are Protestants that make it one of the nations in Latin America with the highest Protestant domination; approximately 32% are religiously unassociated. Chileans celebrate several rituals and dances demonstrating the fusion of several traditions. Chile is nearly 50% European origin and 50% Native American origin (with nearly 4% African breed); thus the people here are culturally and genetically less indigenous. Official language of Chile is Spanish; a mere 10% of Chile’s people consider themselves native and a majority of these people are comprised of the ‘Mapuche’ civilizations, whose customary traditions are significantly influencing modern-day Chile’s culture. The popular cuisine of the country includes seafood and grass-fed beef; one can enjoy mouth-watering seafood such as clams, mussels, scallops, oysters, sea bass, urchins, salmon, and various other types of fishes. Contemporary music and art have flourished in the city.
Places to Visit in Chile
Torres Del Paine National Park
This is an extremely beautiful place encompassing numerous mountains, lakes, rivers, and glaciers. A nature lover and someone interested in adventure would certainly love this place as trekking; mountain hiking options are available in the park; professional instructors and guides are also present making the place all the more safe for all such activities.
Valle de la Luna and the Atacama Desert
This place is popularly known as the ‘Valley to the Moon’; one can enjoy tour buses, rental bike rides, and self-driven cars, and various other adventurous activities. It is mesmerizing to see the dry lake beds across the Atacama Desert; the desert has become white because of salt deposits, making it prone to the production of organic saline outcrops.
Easter Island and Rapa Nui National Park
Easter Island is located at an expanse of 3500 km from main Chile, yet it is one of the best places to visit due to its scenic stone sculptures that fascinate several tourists and art lovers.
The best time to visit Chile is between October and March as these months are the most soothing and accessible in terms of resources, climate, and guides.