The national flower of Chile is the copihue (Chilean bellflower), which grows in the woods of southern Chile. The coat of arms depicts the two national animals: the condor (a very large bird that lives in the mountains) and the huemul (an endangered white tail deer).
Lauca National Park,
Torres del Paine,
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Chile's steady economic growth has transformed Santiago into one of Latin America's most modern metropolitan areas, with extensive suburban development, dozens of shopping centers, and impressive high-rise architecture. It has a very modern transport infrastructure, including the steadily growing underground Santiago Metro ...
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Founded between 1866 and 1874 as a seaport for the recently discovered silver mines nearby, Antofagasta's original name was Penas Blancas (Spanish for White Boulders). It was part of the Litoral Province of Bolivia until 1879, when it was occupied by Chilean troops marking the beginning of the War of the Pacific ...
THE ATACAMA DESERT|
The Atacama desert of Northern Chile and Peru is a virtually rainless plateau made up of salt basins (salares), sand, and lava flows, extending from the Andes mountains to the Pacific Ocean. The average width is less than 160 kilometers but it extends from the Peruvian border 1000 kilometers south to the Bolivian Altiplano ...
Although Iquique was founded in the sixteenth century, there is evidence of habitation in the area by the Chango people as early as 7000 BC. During colonial times, Iquique was part of the Viceroyalty of Peru as much of South America was at the time. Iquique has one of the largest duty-free commercial port centers (or Zona Franca) of South America ...
LAUCA NATIONAL PARK|
Lauca National Park is located in Chile's far north, in the Andean range. It encompasses an area of 1,379 km2 of altiplano and mountains, the latter consisting mainly of enormous volcanoes. Las Vicunas National Reserve is its neighbour to the south. Both protected areas, along with Salar de Surire Natural Monument, form Lauca Biosphere Reserve ...
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Pumalin Park is a 3,250 km2 private nature reserve in the Palena Province of Chile. Designated a Nature Sanctuary in 2005, Pumalin is Chile's largest private nature reserve and is operated as a public-access park, with an extensive infrastructure of trails, campgrounds, and visitor centers ...
TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK|
Torres del Paine National Park is a national park encompassing mountains, a glacier, a lake, and river-rich areas in southern Chilean Patagonia. The Cordillera del Paine is the centerpiece of the park. It lies in a transition area between the Magellanic subpolar forests and the Patagonian Steppes. The park is located 112 km north of Puerto Natales ...
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THE MOAI OF EASTER ISLAND|
Moai are statues carved of compressed volcanic ash on Rapa Nui (Easter Island). The statues are all monolithic, that is, carved in one piece. They may weigh more than 20 tons and be more than 20 feet tall. One unfinished sculpture has been found that would have been 69 feet tall and would have weighed about 270 tons ...
Rano Raraku is a volcanic crater formed of consolidated volcanic ash, or tuff, and located on the lower slopes of Terevaka in the Rapa Nui National Park on Easter Island. It was a quarry for about 500 years until the early eighteenth century, and supplied the stone from which about 95% of the island's known monolithic sculptures (moai) were carved ...
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