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This article explores the geography of one of the countries of South America that falls on the western edge which is Chile. Chile is officially known as the Republic of Chile. It is a long, narrow country of South America surrounded on all its four sides. On the eastern side, Chile is bordered by the Andes, and on the western side is the Pacific Ocean. Towards the north of Chile, it is bordered by Peru and Bolivia on the northeast side.
Towards the east of Chile is Argentina and the Drake Passage is in the far south of Chile. Despite the small size of the country, it is dominated by a huge population and also comprises vast agricultural resources. Chile claims to spread over approximately 4500 km and the capital of the country is Santiago.
Chile is among those nations in South America that is socially stable and also has a high-income economy along with improved living standards. This shows that the country is sustainable, there is greater economic freedom and also, low perception of corruption. In terms of globalisation, democratic development and also income per capita, Chile is rated as the highest in South America.
Chile is a long, narrow stretch of land that spreads over 4500 km in length but the width of the country is very less. The width of the country is only 350 km from east to west. The total area of land upon which the country rests is 756,950 square km which exhibits a range of climates as well as landscapes.
Most of Chile consists of mountainous areas and the most dominant mountain range is the Andes. Chile is known for the diverse climate and landscapes that are observed in the country ranging from coastal desert to the tip of the mountain ranges. Another unique feature of the country is the natural events that occur in abundance.
This consists of the intense earthquakes, volcanic eruptions as well as tsunamis. Other than this, there are also severe storms along with flash floods in the winter season and intense droughts in the summer season.
The northern side of the country usually comprises the desert. The central part of Chile has a temperate climate which is neither too cold nor too hot and this is the area where most of the population lives. Even the capital of the country that is Santiago is also located here.
The South Central region of Chile also has a temperate and humid climate which is usually dominated by lakes and forests. This is the area that is most suitable for the cultivation of agriculture as compared to the southernmost part of the country which is characterised by cold weather, rapid winds, heavy precipitation and also, a lack of resources. This region is very inhospitable and does not facilitate agriculture cultivation.
The major landforms of Chile are divided into three broad categories. The first is the Andes mountains which are located in the east of the country. The second is the longitudinal valley which is also known as the intermediate depression and is located in the centre of the country. The third is the coastal ranges that are located in the west of the country.
The mountain ranges that are on the western side of the country share borders with Argentina. Most of the highest mountains of Chile have a height of 8700 to 11,500 ft and these high mountains are usually volcanic. Although some of these mountains have gone extinct now but there are still some which are active. The intermediate depression or the longitudinal valleys have an elevation of approximately 2000 to 4000 ft.
It is because of the unique landscape of the country that there are great variations in the temperature. The temperature is moderate near the coast but it decreases and becomes colder in the mountains.
Due to the impressive mountain ranges that Chile comprises of, there is a significant snowy season in the country for a particular time of the year. Towards the southern part of the country, the level of precipitation is very high as it rains throughout the year and in the areas with greater altitude, there was significant snow in the same part of the year.
Closer to the coastal areas, the temperature in the winter season decreases significantly as the winters are really cold and the summer season is relatively less cold. In the Northern region of the country, the level of precipitation is significantly low and the level of snow is denser in the mountain ranges. However, the coastal areas in the northern region experience desert-like climate which is characterised to be very low and hot.
Northern Chile is known to be the driest region in the entire world especially because of the temperature near the coastal areas. The central region of the country experiences a moderate temperate which is warm and dry in summers but cold in winters with heavy precipitation.
The capital of Chile that is Santiago also falls in this central region which makes it most suitable for the people to live. The capital is densely populated because of the favourable conditions that the city has to offer. The temperature in Santiago is usually between 3.2 to 14.5 degrees Celsius in July and in January, the temperature in the city is usually between 12.4 to 29.4 degrees Celsius.
Importance of flags in general
The flag is of utmost significance to a particular country because of the features that it has. It usually comprises different colours and also different symbols that represent different things for different countries.
The flag represents the people of a particular country. It provides a sense of nationalism as well as a sense of unity to the people of the particular country that identify and recognise themselves by the flag of their particular country. There are different flags for the different organisations and departments of the country in order to distinguish between them.
The appearance of the flag
The flag of Chile comprises two horizontal stripes of red and white along with a blue square that has the same width as the white strip. It is located on the top left of the flag. The blue square consists of a white star. The ratio between the length and the width of the flag is 3:2.
The upper area of the flag is divided into two that is between the white part and the blue square that comprises a white star. While the lower part remains undivided and consists of only one strip of red. This flag of three colours was introduced once Chile received independence from Spain.
The symbolism of the flag
The different colours and the symbols that appear on the flags can be symbolised in to different meanings and interpreted in different ways. The red colour in the flag stands for the blood that has been spilled by the people of Chile. They are the heroes of the country and this contribution is respected by the red colour in the flag.
The white colour in the flag represents the snow-capped peaks of the Andes mountain ranges and the blue color symbolizes the clear skies and the water of the Pacific Ocean. The white star that is a part of the blue square represents a light to guide and to progress. Moreover, the white star in the blue square shows a bright star in the clear sky.
There are a lot of countries that have a similar flag to that of Chile. The flags are not entirely the same but some of the features are the same. For example, the flag of Texas has the same design and colour scheme as Chile but the only difference is that the length of the blue strip is equal to the width of both the red and white stripes but in the flag of Chile, the length of the blue strip is only equal to the width of the white strip.
The flag of Liberia is also similar to the flag of Chile as the blue square and the white star are exactly similar in both flags but instead of two stripes of red and white, there are multiple stripes like in the flag of the United States. The flag of the Liberating Expedition of Peru was also similar to the flag of Chile but the only difference is that there is only one star in the blue square in the flag of Chile but the other flag, there were three stars in the blue square.
Places to visit in Chile
It is because of the diverse climates and landscapes that Chile has to offer, it has become a popular destination for tourists. If you are passionate about nature and also seek adventures, then Chile is the best place for you. There are various sightseeing opportunities ranging from lush green forests, snow-capped peaks of the Andes, scenic beauty of the beaches as well as the ancient volcanoes.
Torres Del Paine National Park
One of the beautiful spots that are also known as one of the popular travel destinations in the Torres Del Paine National Park. It comprises beautiful mountains, glaciers and a variety of rivers and lakes. There are a variety of activities that can be performed in the park.
There is a little bit of everything for everyone. One of the most popular activities carried out in the park is hiking. If you are looking for a safe place with beautiful views for hiking, then Torres del Paine national park is the ideal location for you to visit. There are guided tours of the park which comprises approximately 71 km but is an adventure that is not to be missed.
Valle de la Luna and the Atacama Desert
Another exciting and beautiful place to visit in Chile is the Valle de la Luna and the Atacama desert. The name of the valley is also translated as the Valley of the moon. It is the rugged landscape of the valley that attracts dozens of tourists who arrive to witness the resemblance of the valley with that of the moon.
The scenic beauty of the valley, as well as the desert and the landscapes, are not to be missed. These locations are worth visiting and they also consist of diverse species of flora and fauna. There are also many unique features of the desert and the valley such as the dry lake beds and the natural saline outcrops.
Many other notable scenic spots in Chile can be visited with friends and families for a perfect day out and to explore the beautiful natural spots that have been stayed unknown previously. These include Easter Island & Rapa Nui National Park, Santiago: Chile’s Cultural Capital and the Chilean Lake District.
Festivals in Chile
Hundreds and thousands of people in Chile take part in the festivals that are conducted throughout the year in all parts of the country. People from Chile, as well as tourists from around the world, take part in these festivals as the festivals are a significant part of Chilean life. One of the significant festivals that are conducted in Chile is Fiesta Tapati on Easter Island (Rapa Nui).
People paint their bodies as a form of art. They wear traditional costumes, prepare a set of dances on different types of music. Other than this, there are several activities, as people take part in swimming and canoeing competitions. There are oral narrations of several myths and stories that people tell to each other.
There is another festival known as the El Carnavalón. It is a carnival where people enjoy the most with music, dancing, and food. This is celebrated forty days before the lent season starts; that is the period of Christian fasts. There are many other festivals that are as well known as the La Semana Valdiviana (Valdivian Week), Grape harvest festival and also Indigenous New Year.