South America is full of scenic mannerisms. In Chile mother nature is diverse and therefore very popular to travellers. Besides all the facts you already know about this beautiful country there might be some things you didn’t know.
World’s Biggest Swimming Pool
In Algarrobo city in the Pacific coast, we find the most impressive artificial paradise that was named by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest swimming pool with a length of 1,000 yards, an area of 20 acres and a maximum depth of 115- feet. It holds 66 million gallons of crystal clear seawater.
The pool was opened in December 2006 and it took five years of construction work with a cost of nearly 1 billion dollars and an annual maintenance cost of about 2 million.
Driest Place on Earth
At 7,500 feet, Chile’s Atacama Desert is the driest place on Earth with a landscape of surreal beauty. Some parts of the region have never received a drop of rain and the Desert is probably also the oldest desert on earth. The desert runs through a 1,000 kilometer long strip of land between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, spreading out over an area of 363,000 square kilometers.
The 5th largest Exporter of Wine
Who would know? Chile exports and produces a lot of wine. Currently Chile was ranked 9th place of the largest producer. And not just any wine, but some of the best and finest selection of wines have been produced in Chile since the first wine grapes were planted in the country in 1554, brought by Spanish Conquistadores. Chile has more than 1,200 kilometers of viticulture valleys in 14 different areas, which produce more than 10 million hectoliters of wine per year. Make sure you experience Chile Wine Country!
Mysterious Easter Island
The “moai” island off the coast of Chile, was annexed by the country in 1888 and renamed Easter Island in the late 1700’s. During the 1900s it was a sheep farm and was managed by the Chilean Navy. On this particular Island, more than 7 km of subterranean lava tunnels have been mapped out, which are home to one of the most extensive cave systems on earth. In 1966, the entire island was opened to the public and the remaining Rapanui people became citizens of Chile.
Great Places to see Penguins
Penguins don’t only live in Antarctica or at the zoo, they can be found in several areas of southern Chile, including the Seno Otway Penguin Colony. They usually lounge on the beach and commute to nearby nests. Humboldt Penguins are also found in the north coast of Chile with a total population of 12,000 breeding pairs in the country.
World’s Largest and Still Active Volcanoes
At a count just over 1300, Chile is one of the countries with the most volcanoes and a number of them are still active. Three of Chile’s most watched and historically active volcanoes are Cerro Arul, Cerro Hudson, and Villarrica. They are all composite volcanoes, sometimes called stratovolcanos. Climbers from all over the world enjoy testing their skills on hikes up these volcanoes.
The Straits of Magellan are popular with humpback whales. They are the only waters outside Antarctica waters where these magnificent whales gather for feeding.
The Oldest Mummy is from Chile
The oldest known deliberate mummy is a child, one of the Chinchorro mummies found in the Camarones Valley in Chile around 5050 BC. So far a total of 282 Chinchorro mummies have been removed from burial sites along the narrow coastal strip from Ilo in southern Peru to Antofagasta in northern Chile. Of these, 149 were created by Chinchorro artisans, and the rest were the work of nature.
Home to Five Unesco World Heritage Sites
Chile’s UNESCO world heritage site are categorized as cultural, giving you an insight into the human story threaded into the majestic landscape of the country. The five sites are the Churches of Chiloé (picture), the Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaíso, Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works, Rapa Nui National Park, and the Sewell Mining Town.
Patagonia is one of the most remote Places
One of the most scenic places on earth is the Chilean Patagonia area that measures 240,000 square kilometers. Apparently, the area has a population density of 1 person per square kilometer and thus 50 percent of the area is classified as Wild Protected Area.
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