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About Chile

Known as el fin del mundo (literally, "the end of the earth"), Chile is the home of the Selk'bag Sleepwear System.  From Patagonia and Antarctica in the south, to the driest desert in the world in the north, to the imposing Andean mountain range in the east and finally to the Pacific Ocean and Easter Island in the West, Chile is as naturally diverse a country as can be found the entire world over. We invite you to learn about and explore this beautiful place.


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Fun Facts on Chile

1.  Chile is the second-largest prdoucer of salmon in the world, behind Norway

2.  Chile is the home of two Nobel Prize winning poets, Gabriel Mistral (1945), and Pablo Neruda (1971)

3.  The Atacama Desert (Northern Chile), is the driest desert in the world, ranging from 0.6mm to 2.1mm of annual rainfall

4.  Chile has nearly 200 total and 38 active volcanoes, with the latest large scale eruption occurring from within Chait
én, which began on May 2, 2008 and continues today

5.  Chile boasts one of the most open economies in the world, with free trade agreements in place with the EU, USA, MERCOSUR, and many Asian countries

6.  The territory of Chile touches two continents and part of Oceania (South America, Antarctica, and Easter Island)

7.  The Andes border Chile on the west, comprising their border with Argentina.  In fact, the Andes are the longest above-water mountain chain in the world

8.  The Mapuche natives of Chile comprise almost 4% of the country's population.  Today they struggle to maintain their identity and ancestral ways as they work towards autonomy within the country's borders

9.  Chile is one of three producers in the world of Carm
énère grapes for wine, and the only producer of significance in the world.  Previously confused with Merlot, the Carménère was re-discovered in the 19th century after it had been wiped out by disease in France

10.  While the coastline of Chile measures 4,265 kilometers, on average it is only about 150 kilometers wide


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Please find below some useful links on learning more about Chile.  If you have one you'd like us to share on the site, please send it to us here.

Turismo Chile - Government site promoting tourism to Chile

Lonely Planet
- Experts on travel around the world

National Geographic
- Videos, maps, music and more on Chile

Trip Advisor
- What to do, where to stay, what to eat and more

- General information on Chile

- All about climbing and mountaineering in Chile

Trekking Chile - Countrywide information on trekking the whole of Chile

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