Chile is nature on a colossal scale, but travel here is surprisingly easy. Your trip can be as hardcore or as pampered as you like, but you'll always feel welcome.

Chile Ojos del Salado

Chile, is a South American country occupying a long, narrow strip of land between the Andes mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west.
Capital: Santiago de Chile
Land Area: 748,800 sq km
Total Area: 756,950 sq km
Population: 17,402,630 (2012)
Official language: Spanish
Demonym: Chilean
Currency: Peso (C.L.P)
Independence from: Spain
Government: Unitary presidential constitutional republic
Calling Code: +56
The culture of Chile is one of a relatively homogeneous society where historically its geographical isolation and remoteness has played a key role. Since colonial times the Chilean culture has been a mix of Spanish colonial elements and indigenous (i.e. Mapuche) culture. The Andes, the great mountain range that forms its eastern border, are a formidable barrier of rock and ice that cuts the country off from Argentina and Bolivia.
The Atacama Desert, a 1000km stretch of parched wasteland, separates it from Peru to the north. And to the west, only a few islands dotted in the Pacific Ocean break the waves that roll onto Chile’s coast from Australasia.


Chile map