May 29, 2017

About Chile & Santiago


Chile is sit­u­ated in the south­west­ern tip of South Amer­ica between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean. Its exten­sive length (4,200 kilo­me­ters, sim­i­lar to a tour of Europe from Lis­bon to Moscow) offers a huge vari­ety of land­scapes and cli­mates through­out its ter­ri­tory, from the Ata­cama Desert –the dri­est in the world — in the far north to Patagonia’s mil­len­nia–old glac­i­ers in the south.

The total pop­u­la­tion reaches over 17.000.000 and the coun­try is divided in 15 admin­is­tra­tive regions from north to south, being San­ti­ago, its cap­i­tal city and the place where over 1/3 of the pop­u­la­tion lives (quite a lot!). The offi­cial lan­guage is Span­ish, and 69,5% of the peo­ple declare them­selves as Catholic.

Noted for its sta­bil­ity and sus­tain­able growth, Chile is one of the great eco­nomic suc­cess sto­ries of Latin Amer­ica and one of the few coun­tries that has main­tain a sus­tain­able growth dur­ing the last cri­sis. The main eco­nomic activ­ity is min­ing, being cop­per the main min­eral since Chile pro­duces 1/3 of the total pro­duc­tion of the world. Chile also is well known for its wines and salmons both world­wide known and a must try dur­ing your visit!


Some Cool & Fun Facts!

– Chile is one of the few coun­tries that has ter­ri­to­ries in 3 dif­fer­ent con­ti­nents: the main­land located in Amer­ica, East­ern Island in Ocea­nia and the ter­ri­to­ries in Antarctica.

– Chile is one of only two coun­tries in all of South Amer­ica that does not bor­der Brazil

– Over 1/3 of the world’s cop­per pro­duc­tion is pro­duced in Chile (did we already said that before? haha).

– Chile has one of the longest recorded dry spells in the Ata­cama Desert it did not rain for 40 years.

–  The num­ber one world exporter for Salmon is Chile, It topped the united states in the early 2000s

– Con­trary to pop­u­lar belief soc­cer is the most pop­u­lar sport in Chile

– Along the moun­tain­ous region of Chile, there are over 1300 vol­ca­noes and a num­ber of them can still be active.

– Chile declared itself as an inde­pen­dent nation in 1818 but the Span­ish Colo­nial Rule only rec­og­nized it in 1913.

– Chile has the largest annual fire­works show in all of South Amer­ica, in the City of Val­paraiso for new year´s eve.

– Chile has one of the world’s largest and most deserted deserts known as “Atacama”

– The city at the very tip of Chile called Punta Are­nas it is the south­ern most city on a con­ti­nent in the world.

– The south­ern­most vil­lage in the world is also in Chile Called “Puerto Williams”

– Chile also has the one of the high­est lakes above sea level in the world called “Lake Chungara”

– Chile has one of the longest coast­lines in the world, but also one of the small­est at being 6500 km long (includ­ing Antarc­tica) and 200 km wide.

– The offi­cial cur­rency is the Chilean Peso. For trade con­ver­sion visit


About San­ti­ago!

Is not just because we are say­ing it, but San­ti­ago is really amaz­ing! One of the coolest and more mod­ern cities of South Amer­ica  with some really cool places where you can really chill out. The city offers you every­thing from 5-stars hotels, super big shop­ping malls, cool neigh­borh­ods with fancy cafes, fun parks, museum and a mod­ern sub­way that is our pride and will make you find your way around San­ti­ago a lot eas­ier. And best of all, from San­ti­ago you´ll be just on a 1-hour-ride to be ski­ing in the Andes Moun­tains or swim­ming in the Pacific Ocean, depend­ing what is your mood! Which other city in the world can offer you that?? Only Santiago!

Rest­ing on an inland plain, with the Andes glim­mer­ing in the dis­tance, San­ti­ago, the cap­i­tal of Chile, is the fifth largest city in South Amer­ica. San­ti­ago is a city that seems des­tined for growth. Today, it is one of the most mod­ern cities on the con­ti­nent, home to nearly 5 mil­lion inhabitants–over a third of all Chileans.  The city is one of the largest in South Amer­ica and Chile’s cen­ter of commerce.

San­ti­ago is also the cen­tral point of a region filled with attrac­tive sites and activ­i­ties. Only 60 km away are the main South Amer­i­can ski cen­ters, and the beau­ti­ful beaches of the Pacific are only an hour’s drive to the north­west. Just south of San­ti­ago lie the rich and beau­ti­ful vine­yards of the Maipo Val­ley, one of the world’s most esteemed wine pro­duc­ing regions.

The city is bisected by the Rio Mapocho, which gen­tly weaves through from East to West, before descend­ing to the flood plain below. The Mapocho marks the north­ern bor­der of the city cen­ter, which is defined on the west and south by the Via Norte Sur and the Avenida Lib­er­ta­dor Bernardo O’Higgins (known to San­ti­a­gans as the Alameda). Within this area can be found all the major muse­ums, mon­u­ments, and archi­tec­tural sights the city offers.

The very heart of San­ti­ago is the Plaza de Armas, which lies along the Alameda about five blocks south of the river. The city’s Euro­pean her­itage is evi­dent in the Par­que Fore­stal, designed by a French land­scaper on the model of Parisian parks. Walk­ers pass down tree-lined paths along the Mapocho, past small squares and the Museo de Bel­las Artes. The Mer­cado Cen­tral is of British design, with wrought-iron ceil­ing parts that were imported from Eng­land in the mid 19th cen­tury. Today the mar­ket sells a wide vari­ety of fresh, exotic produce.

Across the river, the Bellav­ista neigh­bor­hood is home to many restau­rants and cafes. The Par­que Met­ro­pol­i­tano is Santiago’s play­ground, with walk­ing trails, pic­nic areas, and a zoo. For stun­ning views of the city, vis­i­tors should head to the top of Cerro San Cristòbal, acces­si­ble by bus, funic­u­lar, or by a vig­or­ous hike. Also in the Bellav­ista area is La Chas­cona, the house designed by Nobel-Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda –whose work recently gained pop­u­lar­ity in the film “Il Postino”.