Fun Facts about Chile

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Date: March 3, 2017

That’s a big pool!

There’s a private resort that’s about an hour and a half from Santiago that is home to one of the world’s largest swimming pools! San Alfonso del Mar’s pool spans over one kilometre in length and is filled with sea water which is pumped from the Pacific Ocean. Just picture your average size pool at home but 6,000 times bigger!  

The Atacama Desert

Despite what you may think about the driest desert in the world, this is far from a desolate landscape! This desert is teeming with life and its inhabitants are more resilient than you may think – living 4,300 meters above sea level is no easy feat and they take it all in their stride. The amount of attractions in San Pedro de Atacama will truly leave you breathless!

Paranal Observatory
Astrotourism is a real thing and people are flocking to Chile just to leave with stars in their eyes! This is where the skies are the clearest and your window to the galaxy is wide open! To get an up-close view of all of these, wander on down to Paranal Observatory to take it all in through the world’s largest telescope!

Those mountains, though…

Not only is this the longest mountain range in the world, it is also home to a very active volcanic belt.  Cerro Arul, Cerro Hudson and Villarrica are just some of the stops that you would need to make on your trip!

Camarones Valley
Before the ancient Egyptians were the Chinchorros and if you so happen to be in northern Chile, you can visit the site of the oldest mummified remains in the world dating back to 5050 BC.

It’s home to 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites...

1) Churches of Chiloé
These churches are all constructed entirely out of wood and represent the tradition of the Jesuit Peripatetic Massion of the 17th and 18th centuries.
2) Historic Quarter of Valparaiso
This old town is spontaneous seaside adventure and a prime example of the typical architectural influence in Latin America from the late 19th century.
3) Sewell
This is world’s largest copper mine and is located in one of the harshest environments that you could possibly imagine (in the Andes to be exact). This town was developed by the fusion of local labour and resources from an industrial nation which began in 1905.
4) Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works
It’s not necessarily the potassium nitrate that is the highlight of this town but rather the distinctive culture that developed between the workers from Chile, Peru and Bolivia in the 1880s. The result of their culture is evident in their language and solidarity which led to a profound impact on social history in South America.
5) Rapa Nui National Park
This island just off the coast of Chile has a monumental pull to its tiny shores considering its size! Easter Island is one of the most isolated yet iconic places on earth. The massive heads that you would easily recognise were built as shrines by the local Polynesian inhabitants yet, their true meaning remains a mystery!