Here is a list of top 25 fun and interesting facts about Chile:
#1 It is the longest north-south trending country (extends across 38 degrees of latitude) in the world at over 2,647 miles (4,600 km) in length. Interestingly, on average, it is just 150 km wide from east to west.
#2 Along the mountainous region of this country, there are approximately 1300 volcanoes and many of them can still be active.
#3 The name of this country comes from “chili,” an indigenous Mapuche word meaning ”snow”, “where the land ends,” or ”extremely cold.”
#4 Before the arrival of the Spanish colonialists, these lands were inhabited by the Mapuche people in the center and southern parts, and the Inca in the North.
#6 Santiago was founded in 1541 and has been the capital city of this country since colonial times. It is the commercial, political, and financial heart of the nation. Santiago lies close to Mapocho River (meaning “water that penetrates the land”), with views of the Andean mountains peaks to the east. This capital homes ”Gran Torre Santiago,” the tallest building in Latin America.
#7 Valparaiso is the most prosperous city in this nation. For instance, it has a historic central area that has been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In addition, in 2007, this remarkable city made the Guinness Book of World Records with the biggest fireworks that exploded in one evening – 16,000.
#8 This nation has had many terrible earthquakes during its history, including one in 2010 which ranked 8.8 in magnitude.
#9 Divorce was only legalized in 2005, most likely because this country has the world’s lowest divorce rates.
#10 Monte Verde is a site about 500 miles south of Santiago and was discovered in late 1975. It has yielded artifacts of a small settlement of about 27 people living in a few huts.
#11 It has the world’s largest outdoor swimming pool, located at the San Alfonso del Mar Resort. This amazing pool covers 20 acres, 3,323 ft long (it is possible to sail yachts within it), and has about 66 million gallons of water. Furthermore, its maintenance costs approximately $4 million a year.
#12 Nevada Ojos del Salado at 6,880 m (22,572 feet) is the highest peak in this country. Also, it is the highest active volcano in the world. About 1000-1500 years ago a large explosive eruption took place which produced pyroclastic flows.
#13 Atacama Desert is the driest desert in the world with an average rainfall of about 1 mm per year. However, some locations within the Atacama Desert have never had any rainfall. Additionally, the soil is sterile due to the fact that is blocked from receiving moisture on both sides.
#14 Lake Chungara (4520 m) is one of the highest lakes above sea level in the world. It is situated to the north of the country, approximately 189 km from the city of Arica. Moreover, it has 33 meters of depth and is surrounded by mountains and land.
#15 Founded in 1959, Torres del Paine National Park is located in the Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica, the southernmost region of this nation. In the past, a tourist started a fire which burned approximately 58 sq miles (150 km2) of the park.
#16 The Andes mountains cover about 80 percent of this country. This is the reason why only 3.8 percent of Chile’s land can be used in agriculture. Interestingly, the only mountains which are taller than these remarkable mountains are the Himalaya Mountains and the Hindu Kush.
#17 Vina del Mar is the most popular tourist attraction in this country. It is a city and Pacific Ocean resort, situated just northeast of Valparaíso. This city is renowned for its malls, placid resorts, hotels, extensive coastal high buildings, and numerous entertainment venues.
#18 The national drink is named Pisco and is a clear liquid which looks like brandy. Pisco was first produced by Spanish settlers in the 16th century.
#19 Cueca is the national dance since 1979. It is performed all year round but more intensely during the Independence Day celebrations.
#20 The official language is Spanish, but there are other languages spoken by minorities in this nation, like – Mapuche, Aymara, Quechua, and Rapa Nui.
#21 The national flag has 2 horizontal bands, the bottom one red and the top one is white. Additionally, in the top left corner, there is a lone white sitting in the middle of a blue square.
#22 Gabriela Mistral was the pseudonym of Lucila Godoy y Alcayaga, a renowned Chilean educator, poet-diplomat, and humanist. His poems are characterized by direct language and strong emotion.
#23 Augusto Pinochet was a Chilean dictator born in Valparaíso. He was 25 years in power, but died in 2006 (in prison), before he could be tried for numerous human rights violations.
#24 Pablo Neruda was a Nobel Prize-winning poet who was once called “the greatest poet of the twentieth century in any language.”
#25 Ivan Zamorano is the most famous soccer player from this country.