Chile is located on the south-easternmost tip of South America, sharing continental borders with Argentina, Peru and Bolivia, while its coastline to the east is bathed by the Pacific Ocean. Its diverse, far-flung geography encompasses every extreme, from the arid Atacama desert furthest north, to the glaciers of Tierra del Fuego in the south.
Chile’s Central Region is where agricultural and business activity is concentrated, and it is also here where the capital city, Santiago, is found. An attractive, modern and culturally diverse city, Santiago has a population of 6 million. It offers all the services associated to a large capital city, as well as proximity to both the Andes mountain range and the coastal beaches. It is extremely attractive as a travel destination and as a place to live, study and work.
The Chilean economy mainly depends on the extraction and export of natural resources. The mining sector is a major generator of wealth, Chile being the largest producer of copper in the world. It also has a tradition of grape and wine cultivation dating back to Spanish colonial times, and exports wine to the most important international markets.
Chile’s natural beauty makes it an interesting destination for international tourists, business people and students. Exchange students, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students, often take advantage of their stay to see the country’s natural wonders.
Viña del Mar, Valparaiso, San Pedro de Atacama, Easter Island, Torres del Paine National Park and Patagonia are world-renowned places that captivate visitors. Cold rainforests, glaciers, geysers, flowering deserts, beaches, volcanoes and mountains are gathered together within a single, unique territory.
Torres del Paine in Chile’s southern Patagonia offers up breathtaking views, bringing visitors up-close to nature on some of the world’s most spectacular trails that can satisfy both the experienced hiker and the first-timer.
More than 140,000 people every year visit the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, encompassing around 242,242 hectares of protected land.