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Discover Chile

Discover Chile

Chile has established itself as an economic power in South America and a political leader in the continent.  Following liberal economic reform and social activism Chile has managed to reduce the gap between the rich and the poor, it is far from eliminated but was able to expand its middle class bringing prosperity to more Chileans. Along with greater economic status Chileans have become better educated and more involved in politics demanding a more representative … Read entire article »

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Travel to Easter Island

Easter Island is one of the most unique places to visit because of its remoteness, concentration of archeological sites, geography, sightseeing and cultural heritage. The town of Hanga Roa, located on the west side of the island, is the only settlement on Easter island. The island is very small so it is possible to visit it in one day. Cars for rent are available in Hanga Roa as well as bicycles. It is important to note that most roads outside Hanga Roa are unpaved and full of potholes. Accommodation is plentiful. There are luxurious hotels and guesthouses also known as bed and breakfast. Staying in a B&B is the best way to experience the Polynesian way of … Read entire article »

Chile Facts

Chile Facts

Basic facts and numbers about Chile Capital: 17 million (2011 est.) Official language: Spanish. Other languages such as Aymara, Mapuche, Rapa Nui and Quechua are spoken by minorities. Area: 756,096 square kilometers or 291,930 square miles. 70% Roman Catholic, 15% Evangelical, 1% Jesus Christ of Latter day Saint, 1% Jehova’s Witness. 0.1% Jewish and 8% Atheist or Agnostic. Divorce was illegal until … Read entire article »

Volcanoes of Chile

Volcanoes of Chile

Around the world more than 300 million people live near active volcanoes at risk from eruptions. Chile has a chain of about 2,000 volcanoes (not all of them active) dotted along the Andes; it has the second largest volcano chain in the world only after Indonesia. Most than half of the earth’s volcanoes are in the Pacific Ocean in an … Read entire article »

Santiago Neighborhoods

Santiago Neighborhoods

Historic Center The historic center is located between the Mapocho River and the Alameda. This is where the Spanish conquistadors built their city and where the first colonial buildings were constructed around the Plaza de Armas. Chile’s first church, now the cathedral, was built in this square in 1551. It was destroyed and rebuilt twice after the 1647 and 1730 earthquakes. … Read entire article »

Chile Weather

Chile Weather

In Chile the timing of the seasons is opposite to those in the northern hemisphere and because its geography is so diverse its climate varies from region to region. The Humboldt current of the Pacific Ocean, the Chilean Coastal Range and the Andes Mountains are the most important determinants in the weather patterns seen across regions. In general, in most … Read entire article »

Valparaiso Landmarks

Valparaiso Landmarks

Funiculars or ascensores Before 1883 the residents of had to climb thousands of stairs “las escaleras” going up and down from their houses on the hills. The city’s funiculars or elevators were built between 1883 and 1915, the oldest one being the Concepción elevator. In the early 1900s there were as many as 30 working elevators, today many have been … Read entire article »

Valparaiso

Valparaiso

Valparaiso, The Jewel of the Pacific, offers a unique appeal. Its location overlooking the Pacific Ocean and its labyrinth of streets built on the steep hills and reached by elevators is the . Valparaiso is located in Chile’s central coast; it is the country’s second busiest seaport after San Antonio. The city has emerged from a long industrial decline, but … Read entire article »

Maps of Chile

Maps of Chile

North Regions of Chile . Map of the Central Regions of Chile . Map of the Southern Regions of Chile . Map of cities along the Chilean coast . Map of Chile in South America . Chile in the world . Map of Chile … Read entire article »

Biography of Pablo Neruda

Biography of Pablo Neruda

Green was his favorite color, he always wrote in green as it was the color of hope. Gabriel García Marquez, Colombian novelist, once referred to him as “the greatest poet of the 20th century in any language”. He was a communist who fought for world unity and peace, persecuted in his country and forced to exile, his work is a … Read entire article »