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Chile

Mr. Harper's Travel Guide

Chile comprises a narrow coastal strip between the Andes and the Pacific that stretches for more than 2,850 miles. Neither the mountains nor the ocean is ever far away. In the north, the Atacama Desert contains great mineral wealth, primarily copper. The relatively small ...

Chile comprises a narrow coastal strip between the Andes and the Pacific that stretches for more than 2,850 miles. Neither the mountains nor the ocean is ever far away. In the north, the Atacama Desert contains great mineral wealth, primarily copper. The relatively small Central Valley, which includes the capital, Santiago, dominates the country in terms of population and agriculture. Today Chile is the world’s fourth-largest exporter of wine. The south of the country features a string of volcanoes and lakes, and its coast is a labyrinth of fjords, peninsulas and islands. Owing to the frigid Humboldt Current, the sea abounds with marine life, including penguins and whales. North American trout were successfully introduced, and Chile now offers some of the world’s finest fly-fishing. Chile controls Easter Island, located 2,180 miles out in the Pacific. In general, Chile is safe and prosperous, with none of the corruption and economic chaos plaguing some of its neighbors.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Passport. Visit travel.state.gov, and for travelers’ health information, cdc.gov.

CLIMATE

Chile consists of a northern desert area, a Mediterranean central section in which the majority of the population lives (Santiago) and a rugged, mainly forested southern region that is often compared to the coasts of Alaska and Vancouver Island (Puenta Arenas).

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