Saturday, 24 November 2012

Chile




Republic of Chile  is a country in South America occupying a long, narrow strip of land between the Andes mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. It borders Peru to the north, Bolivia to the northeast, Argentina to the east, and the Drake Passage in the far south.  Chilean territory includes the Pacific islands of Juan Fernández, Salas y Gómez, Desventuradas and Easter Island.


                                                                   Chile Coat of Arm


Basic Information
Capital (and largest city)          Santiago
National language                    Spanish
Ethnicity                                  Latino/Hispanic
Government                            Unitary presidential constitutional republic
President of the Republic         Sebastián Piñera
Independence                          from Spain
Declared                                 12 February 1818
Recognized                             25 April 1844
Currency                                 Peso              
Time zone                               CLT or EAST 3 (UTC−4 to −6)
Summer                                  (DST) CLST or EASST (UTC−3 to −5)
Internet TLD                          .cl
Calling code +56                    +56


                                                                       Chile Map


Regions
Chile is devided into 15 regions, each region headed by an intendant, The region divided into provinces.
and each provinces divided into communes that are administrated by municipal.
Here are the list of 15 region in Chile


Key
Region
Capital
II
 Antofagasta
Antofagasta
XV
 Arica y Parinacota
Arica
III
 Atacama
Copiapó
XI
 Aysén del General Carlos Ibáñez del Campo
Coihaique
VIII
 Bío Bío
Concepción
IV
 Coquimbo
La Serena
IX
 La Araucanía
Temuco
VI
 Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins
Rancagua
X
 Los Lagos
Puerto Montt
XIV
 Los Ríos
Valdivia
XII
 Magallanes y la Antártica Chilena
Punta Arenas
VII
 Maule
Talca
RM
 Metropolitana de Santiago
Santiago
I
 Tarapacá
Iquique
V
 Valparaíso
Valparaíso


                                                             Map of Cities in Chile


Largest Cities in Chile
No
City
Region
1
Santiago Metropolis
Santiago Metropolitan
2
Greater Concepción
Biobío
3
Greater Valparaíso
Valparaíso
4
Greater La Serena
Coquimbo
5
Antofagasta
Antofagasta
6
Greater Temuco
Araucania
7
Rancagua conurbation
O'Higgins
8
Talca
Maule
9
Arica
Arica and Parinacota
10
Chillán conurbation
Biobío


Tourism
The main attractions for tourists are places of natural beauty situated in the extreme zones of the country: San Pedro de Atacama, in the north, is very popular with foreign tourists who arrive to admire the Incaic architecture, the altiplano lakes, and the Valley of the Moon. In Putre, also in the north, there is the Chungará Lake, as well as the Parinacota and the Pomerape volcanoes. Throughout the central Andes there are many ski resorts of international repute, including Portillo, Valle Nevado and Termas de Chillán. The main tourist sites in the south is a national parks, the most popular is Conguillío National Park in the Araucanía and the coastal area around Tirúa and Cañete with the Isla Mocha and the Nahuelbuta National Park, Chiloé Archipelago and Patagonia, which includes Laguna San Rafael National Park, with its many glaciers, and the Torres del Paine National Park. The central port city of Valparaíso, which is World Heritage with its unique architecture, is also popular. Finally, Easter Island in the Pacific Ocean is one of the main Chilean tourist destinations. For locals, tourism is concentrated mostly in the summer (December to March), and mainly in the coastal beach towns. Arica, Iquique, Antofagasta, La Serena and Coquimbo are the main summer centres in the north, and Pucón on the shores of Lake Villarrica is the main centre in the south. Because of its proximity to Santiago, the coast of the Valparaíso Region, with its many beach resorts, receives the largest number of tourists. Viña del Mar, Valparaíso's northern affluent neighbor, is popular because of its beaches, casino, and its annual song festival, the most important musical event in Latin America. Pichilemu in the O'Higgins Region is widely known as South America's "best surfing spot," according to Fodor's. In November 2005, the government launched a campaign under the brand "Chile: All Ways Surprising," intended to promote the country internationally for both business and tourism.


                                                             San Pedro de Atacama

                                                                Laguna Verde, Chile

                                                      Conguillío National Park, Chile


                                                          Santiago Beach, Chile


Visit also
Chilean Celebrities

                                                             Cecilia Amenábar

                                                                          Maite Orsini


                                                                      Leonor Varela

                                                                 Catalina Vallejos

                                                                Vanessa Ceruti


                                                                    Nataly Chilet


                                                                   Bernardita Zúñiga









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