Chile from A to Z


All ways (and always) Amazing.

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

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

Darwin wrote long accounts of Chile from the Beagle.

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

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

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

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

Irrigation with Andean snow-melt.

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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