• Officially » Republic of Chile
  • Capital » Santiago


  • Population » 17.9 million
  • Language » Spanish
  • Religion » Christianity
  • Life expectancy » 77 years (men), 82 years (women)
  • Currency Chilean » peso


  • Area » 756,096 sq km (291,930 sq miles)


  • Climate ranges from the world’s driest desert – the Atacama – in the north, through a Mediterranean climate in the centre, to a snow-prone Alpine climate in the south, with glaciers, fjords and lakes.


  • Torres del Paine National Park (Map)
    • 700 square miles
  • Description of road trip along the Pan American Highway » “From Puerto Montt, we travelled 2,000km north on the Pan American Highway. Lined with volcanoes and empanada stalls, there was always a reason to stop. Too many places to mention but the rodeo at Rancagua was a unique insight into cowboy culture. We ended in the stunning Elqui Valley, after visiting the Mamalluca Observatory camp on the hillside. Alone, you’ll be stargazing all night. Eat at Tatul Diaguitas for the amazing humitas (corn cakes). The Copec petrol stations on the highway have great showers, free parking and wifi.” via The Guardian



This page was last updated on 2021.06.09 by Robert Vinet