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Chile snakes by the western edge of South America, a narrow coastal strip separating the Andes Mountains from the Pacific Ocean. It has a length of 6, 435 kilometers, but only with an average width of roughly 175 kilometers, making it perhaps the thinnest country in the world. Ruled by the Inca Empire for most of its early history, the Spanish arrived in the 16th century and took control of the land, only relinquishing it by the 19th century.
For a while, Chile struggled, especially during the 17-year term of a military government that left some 3,000 Chileans dead and the country in financial straits. Today, though, it has risen to become one of South America's most stable and prosperous nations - mostly on the strength of its copper (35 percent of the world production) and wine (50 million liters exported yearly) industry .
The most striking thing about Chile is its unique terrain, a byproduct of passing through numerous time zones. Chilean legend has it that when God created the world, He found that He had some leftover pieces: volcanoes, lakes, mountains, valleys, glaciers, beaches, rivers, and fjords. So, He decided to pack all the extra stuff in a remote part of the planet - the land now known as Chile.
Reflecting the legend is Chile's extreme terrains and temperature. The Atacama Desert in its northern region is considered as the driest in the world. Travel to the country's southern tip at Punta Arenas though, and the cold is comparable to that of nearby Antarctica. It is this diversity in geography that captures the imagination of tourists around the world - especially the adventurous. In fact, some two million visitors arrive at the country every year.
The Chile of present was molded by its long and tumultuous history. Like most of its neighbor countries, its culture has a predominantly Spanish influence, as evident in its language (Spanish) and festivals. Other European nations made their mark in other aspects, like the Germans with their Bavarian-style architecture.
However, the Chileans also have some things that are all their own.A prime example is the cueca, the country's national dance, as well as the mapuche music. Chile has also produced some of the world's most renowned literary figures, foremost of which are Pablo Neruda and Gabriela Mistral. Tourists can also meet the nation's answer to the American cowboys: the huasos. Or, more importantly, sample its seafood - considered as one of the best in the world
Chile Traveler Advice
Ta Marija Restaurant
In «Ta 'Marija», located in the center of the village Mosta you’ll be amazed by the welcoming atmosphere created thanks to the traditional setting of talented entertainers and warm ones. Every Wednesday and Friday after the Auto Reviews and Auto Shows that are shown in the TV, customers are invited to sing accompanied by mandolin and guitar, traditional and popular songs ... Read full Blog post
Ati-atihan in Kalibo Aklan
Ati-atihand origins ccan be traced to 1210 when refugees from Borneo would smear their faces with soot in affectionalte immitation of the Filipino natives The island of Panay in the Visayas is where this particular detail of Philipine history took place sometime ih the late 12th or early 13th century. For centuries hence, it has been commemoratged in one specific place - in Kalibo, the capital ... Read full Blog post
An Aerial fiesta in Clark Pampanga
Its a party in the sky as multi colored hot air balloons piloted ny different pilots from various partso of the world participated in this annual gathering. As early as 5am, the 2,500 hectare aviation complex at Clar Economic Zone in Pampanga was already crammedi with excitement. Clusters of hot air balloon participants busily prepare their own balloons for liftoff as they need to take advantage of ... Read full Blog post