CHILE: is a South American country occupying a long, narrow strip of land between the Andes 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 in Oceania. Chile also claims about 1,250,000 square kilometres (480,000 sq mi) of Antarctica, although all claims are suspended under the Antarctic Treaty.
As you can see on the map, it covers a lot of area on the oceanside. It is a long, skinny country. Almost touching Antarctica on the South end of the Country, all the way up and nearly reaching the middle of South America. When you think of the diversity of climate, this country has it all. So, in reality, this one country alone, has such diversity in beauty as well.
Chile is today one of South America’s most economically and socially stable and prosperous nations, with a high-income economy and high living standards. It leads Latin American nations in rankings of human development, competitiveness, income per capita, globalization, state of peace, economic freedom, and low perception of corruption. It also ranks high regionally in sustainability of the state, and democratic development. Chile is the only South American member of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), joining in 2010. Currently it also has the lowest homicide rate in South America. Chile is a founding member of the United Nations, the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States
On 27 February 2010, Chile was struck by an 8.8 Mw earthquake, the fifth largest ever recorded at the time. More than 500 people died (most from the ensuing tsunami) and over a million people lost their homes. The earthquake was also followed by multiple aftershocks. Initial damage estimates were in the range of US$15–30 billion, around 10 to 15 percent of Chile’s real gross domestic product.
Chile achieved global recognition for the successful rescue of 33 trapped miners in 2010. On 5 August 2010 the access tunnel collapsed at the San José copper and gold mine in the Atacama Desert near Copiapó in northern Chile, trapping 33 men 700 metres (2,300 ft) below ground. A rescue effort organized by the Chilean government located the miners 17 days later. All 33 men were brought to the surface two months later on 13 October 2010 over a period of almost 24 hours, an effort that was carried on live television around the world.
The diverse climate of Chile ranges from the world’s driest desert in the north—the Atacama Desert—through a Mediterranean climate in the center, humid subtropical in Easter Island, to an oceanic climate, including alpine tundra and glaciers in the east and south. According to the Köppen system, Chile within its borders hosts at least ten major climatic subtypes. There are four seasons in most of the country: summer (December to February), autumn (March to May), winter (June to August), and spring (September to November).
There are many species of small birds, but most of the larger common Latin American types are absent. Few freshwater fish are native, but North American trout have been successfully introduced into the Andean lakes. Owing to the vicinity of the Humboldt Current, ocean waters abound with fish and other forms of marine life, which in turn support a rich variety of waterfowl, including several penguins. Whales are abundant, and some six species of seals are found in the area.
BECAUSE CHILE IS SUCH A LONG COUNTRY AND HAS SUCH A VARIETY OF CLIMATES, IT CERTAINLY HAS A LOT TO OFFER FOR TOURISTS AND FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE LOOKING FOR A VARIETY OF THINGS TO PHOTOGRAPH. IMAGINE BEING ABLE TO GO TO ONE COUNTRY AND PHOTOGRAPH DESERT SCENERY, THEN GO TO THE ANDES MOUNTAINS, AND GET GORGEOUS SCENERY OF SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAIN SCENERY EVER IN THE WORLD, THE 50 MILES AWAY IS THE OCEAN. THEN GO FURTHER SOUTH, AND YOU ARE TAKING PICTURES OF ICE GLACIERS…. ALL IN ONE COUNTRY. WHAT AN AMAZING PLACE TO GO TO. IF I WAS TO GO ON AND FIND PICTURES OF THE VAST VARIETY OF THINGS THERE ARE IN CHILE, I WOULD RUN OUT OF SPACE IN MY BLOG, AS I AM ALLOWED ONLY SO MUCH SPACE. SO, IN ORDER FOR YOU TO SEE ALL THAT THERE IS, PLEASE GO TO THE CHILE TRAVEL SITE, FOR THERE IS OVER 24,000 PHOTOS POSTED OF CHILE. LET ME GIVE YOU THE LINK. YOU WILL BE AMAZED: https://www.facebook.com/chiletravelguide/
AND THANKS TO CHILE TRAVEL GUIDE FOR THE USE OF THESE PHOTOS, AND FOR WIKIPEDIA FOR THE GREAT INFORMATION ABOUT THE COUNTRY OF CHILE. WHAT AN AMAZING COUNTRY.