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Chile from A to Z

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All ways (and always) Amazing.

B

Bachelet, Michelle: Chile’s first woman president, one of twelve world-wide.

C

Copper: Chile’s largest export. Chuquicamata, the largest open pit mine can be seen from space.

D

Darwin wrote long accounts of Chile from the Beagle.

E

ENSO (El Niño-Southern Oscillation), “El Niño” climatic phenomenon resulting from temperature fluctuations in the Pacific Ocean, with significant influence on Chilean agriculture.

F

Fifty active volcanoes. Football (soccer) is Chile’s national sport.

G

Geography extraordinaire: a crazy, varied sliver of a country.

H

Hug and a handshake = the most common greeting between men.

I

Irrigation with Andean snow-melt.

J

Jamboree of Scouts held in Chile. Second country in world to form Cub Scout movement.

K

Kilometers: 4,500 km long & 240 km at its widest! (18 times longer than it is wide).

L

Last country in the Americas to be occupied by the Spaniards. Lapis Lazuli, the emblematic blue stone, is only found in Chile and Afghanistan… Get your here!

 

M

Most advanced country in Latin America. Mountains cover more than 80% of Chile.

N

Nobel Prize-winning poets: Gabriela Mistral (1945) and Pablo Neruda (1971).

O

Over 40% of the country’s 16 million-plus population lives in and around the Santiago area.

P

Patagonia: a place where you feel like if you were any closer to your creator, you could shake hands.

Q

Quinta Vergara: amphitheater in Viña del Mar and home to Latin America’s largest music festival.

R

Robinson Crusoe: Daniel Defoe novel based on the true story of Alexander Selkirk, a Scotsman who was stranded on a deserted island 400 miles off the coast of Chile.

S

Slowest population growth rate in South America, currently 1.2% per year.

T

Territorial Claim in Antarctica: 800,000 km2 (308,900 mi2). Antarctic conditions appear on the nightly weather forecast.

U

Universidad de Chile, founded in 1842, one of Chile’s oldest institutions of higher learning.

V

Viña del Mar: coastal resort city that hosts Latin America’s largest annual music festival.

W

World’s driest desert: the Atacama, home to exceptional international observatories.

X

Xerophyte plants adapt to the dry conditions of the Atacama Desert. Xenoliths are inclusions in igneous rocks found in the volcanic Andes.

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Z

Z-z-z-z-z-z (a fitting ode to the afternoon siesta– especially while traveling in wine country).