Interesting Facts About Chile

By: Leah Shoup

One of the world’s largest swimming pools is in Chile.

San Alfonso del Mar was the Guinness World Record holder in 2006. It's currently the second-biggest swimming pool in the world.

There are seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Chile.

Some include Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works, Sewell Mining Town, Rapa Nui National Park, and the Chinchorro mummies.

Two Chileans have won the Nobel Prize.

Gabriela Mistral was the first Latin American ever to become a Nobel Laureate n 1945. Later, in 1971, Pablo Neruda also received the Nobel Prize in Literature.

More than 1/3 of Chile’s population lives in Santiago.

Out of a population of almost 19 million in this South American country, close to 6 million people live the capital city of Santiago.

The Atacama Desert is one of the driest places in the world.

The Atacama Desert ranks as the driest non-polar desert in the world and the second-driest desert overall. 

Chile is one of the longest countries in the world.

It extends for approximately 2,700 miles from north to south, flanked on both sides by the Andes Mountain Range and the Pacific Ocean.

Easter Island isn’t close to the rest of Chile.

In reality, Easter Island lies 2,180 miles west of continental Chile at its nearest point. It’s also considered one of the world’s most remote islands.

Many people mistake Chile's flag for Texas'.

Both have white and red stripes and a white star in a blue field. However, the Chilean flag has a blue square in the top left corner.

Chile is home to the tallest skyscraper in South America.

The Gran Torre Santiago, located in Chile’s capital city, sits 62 stories tall, making it the tallest building in South America.

Chile is the sixth-largest wine producing country.

Chile contains the most area with Carmenère in its Central Valley and produces the most wine out of the South American countries.