Chile Destinations Travel Guide
Currency: Peso (CLP)
Calling Code: +56
Chile is an American country located in the
southwestern tip of South America. Its official name is Republic of
Chile and its capital is the city of Santiago. Before the discovery
of America, the lands located south of the Atacama Desert were
already called Chili in the indigenous tradition, and once settled
in Nueva Castilla and Nueva Toledo, the Spanish conquistadors
continued to call the southern region that way. Sometimes also known
as "valley of Chile", name that later extended to all the current
Although the precise origin of the place name
"Chile" is unknown, there are several theories: the name would have
originated in the Quechua word chire, "cold", in Chille, ancient
hydronym in the Aconcagua valley, in the eponymous Tili - the
Picunche cacique who ruled that same valley at the arrival of the
Incas, before the arrival of the Spaniards; in the Quechua term
chili, 'the cream of the earth', in chili, Mapuche onomatopoeia of
the trile song, a word used to call this bird with yellow spots on
the wings; in the Aymara chilli voice, 'where the earth ends'; or it
would have been due to a group of mitimai Indians, transplanted to
the "valley of Chile" by the Incas, who would come from a region
where there would be a river baptized with that name. Under the
government of supreme director Ramón Freire, a decree was
established the name "Chile" to officially designate the country on
July 30, 1824.
Travel Destinations in Chile
Agostini National Park
Alberto de Agostini National Park covers an area of
14,600 km2 (5,637 mi2) of picturesque glaciers, fjords and
Alerce Andino National Park
Alerce Andino National Park is a protected area situated in
Los Lagos Region of Chile. It covers a total area of 393
Archipiélago de Juan Fernández
Archipiélago de Juan Fernández National Park situated 667
kilometres West of Chile coast line became the inspiration
for Robinson Crusoe.
Atacama Desert is famous as the driest place on Earth. Its
annual average rainfall equals to 0- 0.08 in of water a
Bosque de Fray Jorge National Park
Bosque de Fray Jorge National Park is a protected reserve in
Limarí Province, Coquimbo Region of Chile. It covers a total
area of 100 km².
Calafquen Lake is a beautiful mountainous lake in Araucanía
Region and Los Ríos Region of Chile. Calafquen Lake surface
area is 120.6 sq km.
Chiloé National Park is a natural reserve in Los Lagos
Region of Chile. It covers a total area of 431 km².
Conguillío National Park
Conguillío National Park is a protected area in Araucanía
Region of Chile. It covers a total area of 608 km².
Mysterious impressive statues of natives' forefathers are
spread all over the Easter Island.
Fjordland is famous for its fjords or deep ocean islets
carved by glaciers over a course of thousands of years.
General Carrera Lake
General Carrera Lake is a beautiful mountain lake surrounded
by picturesque mountains in the Patagonia region. It covers
a total area of 1,850 km².
Laguna san Rafael is a region in Aisen, Chile famous for
picturesque glaciers and beautiful fjords.
Lauca National Park
Lauca National Park is a protected reserve in
Arica-Parinacota Region of Chile. It covers a total area of
Moon Valley is an area in Atacama desert, the driest place
on Earth. It is famous for its alien landscapes and
beautiful night sky.
Panguipulli Lake or Lago Panguipulli in Spanish is a
beautiful lake surrounded by snow covered mountains in
Chile. It covers a total area of 116 km².
Tatio Geysers or Los Geiseres del Tatio is an area in
Antofagasta in Chile that is famous for its geologic
Torres del Paine
Torres del Paine National Park in Magellan’s y la Antartica
Chilena covers a total area of 935 mi2 grasslands on a
backdrop of Andes mountains.
Volcán Isluga National Park is a protected nature reserve in
Tarapacá Region of Chile. It cover a total area of 1,747 km²
around Isluga volcano.