Published on January 3rd, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team
Facty things: 10 facts about Chile
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Chilean stairway | Photo courtesy of Tamara Moran, Flickr
Chile: a mind-blowing destination that’s endowed with some of the world’s most spectacular scenery. Here are some facts about it. Because everybody loves facts.
1. DEMOCRACY IN ACTION
Chile is one of the only countries in the world where the bottom earning 20% of the population are more likely to vote than the top earning 20% of the population.
2. GREEN SCENE
Chile’s Nobel prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda chose to write in green ink because, to him, green symbolised hope.
3. MARS ATTACKS
One of the driest places on earth, soil from the Atacama Desert area is similar to soil samples taken from Mars.
Chile is home to the world’s biggest and deepest pools, the Crystal Lagoon at the San Alfonso del Mar resort. Holding 66 million gallons of water, it’s possible to sail yachts within it.
5. EARTH MOVER
Chile holds the record for having the world’s largest recorded earthquake.
6. DOWN TOWN
Chile’s Puerto Williams is geographically the world’s southernmost city.
7. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS
The Chilean town of San Clemente is known as a destination for UFO sightings, with a 19km stretch known as the ‘UFO Trail’.
8. BEAM ME UP
Santiago International Airport was one of the first airports in the world to install a hologram to provide information to travellers.
9. SAILOR’S GRAVEYARD
Southern Chile’s Cape Horn is known as one of the most hazardous places to sail in the world. With icebergs, unpredictable weather, fierce storms and huge seas, this is the Mount Everest of sailing.
10. COP THAT
Chile is home to the world’s largest open copper mine.