historical sites and landmarks
Chileans usually eat four meals a day, and like in the US, they start the day out with breakfast. Breakfast in Chile, however, is smaller in scale than the traditional pancakes and eggs seen in the US Chileans usually eat a light breakfast consisting of toast with very sweet tea or coffee with milk.
Lunch is one of the larger meals of the day in Chile. Traditional lunch foods include cazuela, a clear broth made with rice, potato, corn and meat. Pastel de choclo, a corn casserole made with meat, olives and vegetables, is a popular lunch summer dish. A side of pan amasado, a wood-stove baked bread readily found in the Chilean countryside, often comes with lunch.
Parrillada-style food, or any food cooked in a brick outdoor oven known as a “parilla,” is popular as a dinner choice throughout Chile and the southern cone of South America. Similar to the way Americans cook meat on a barbecue grill, Chileans cook chicken, sausages and lamb on a parrila. Seafood, also readily available throughout Chile, is served steamed, grilled or fried. Ceviche, a traditional spanish dish that requires seafood to be refrigerated overnight with a lemon marinade, is a Chilean favorite. So is “manchas a la parmesana,” clams with parmesan cheese, which offer a nod to Chile’s Italian influence. Those looking for fast food should try “El Completo,” a hot dog with the works – mayo, ketchup, guacamole and tomatoes.
seasons and climate
The climate of Chile comprises a wide range of weather conditions across a large geographic scale, extending across 38 degrees in latitude, making generalizations difficult. According to the Köppen system, Chile within its borders hosts at least seven major climatic subtypes, ranging lowdesert in the north, to alpine tundra and glaciers in the east and southeast, humid subtropical in Easter Island, Oceanic in the south and Mediterranean climate in central Chile. There are four seasons in most of the country: summer (December to February), autumn (March to May), winter (June to August), and spring (September to November).
On a synoptic scale, the most important factors that controls the climate in Chile are the Pacific Anticyclone, the southern circumpolar low pressure area, the cold Humboldt current, the Chilean Coast Range and the Andes Mountains. Despite Chile's narrowness, some interior regions may experience wide temperature oscillations and cities such as San Pedro de Atacama, may even experience a continental climate. In the extreme northeast and southeast the border of Chile extends beyond the Andes into the Altiplano and the Patagonian plains, giving these regions climate patterns similar to those seen in Bolivia and Argentina respectively
The majority religion in Chile in 2015 is Christianity (68%), with an estimated 55% of Chileans belonging to the Catholic church, 13% Protestant or Evangelical and just 7% with any other religion. The religiously unaffiliated population (25%) includes: atheists, agnostics and people who do not identify with any particular religion.
The Constitution provides for freedom of religion, and Church and state have been officially separate since 1925.
Chile’s trade, exports and imports suffered losses of more than 20% in 2009. The global recession of 2009 forced this South American nation to witness weak trading activities and unfinished projects. Exports account for 40% of Chile’s GDP, with commodities accounting for more than 75% of the total Chilean shipments. Chile’s exports shrunk by 19.3% in 2009 to $159 billion. Chile’s imports in 2009 were worth $9.4 billion, down by 21.4% from $11.9 billion in 2008. However, Chile’s global trade deficit witnessed a 10.3% drop, from $8.9 billion in 2008 to $7.9 billion in 2009.
I recommend these places because they are beautiful and I wish to visit them one day.
Torres del Paine National Park
Granite towers, icebergs & Grey Glacier
Pablo Neruda's home, funiculars & art
San Pedro de Atacama
Hot springs, geysers & Valle de la Luna
Volcanoes, lakes, markets, natu .