Here are some interesting Chile Facts which were chosen and researched by kids especially for kids.
Chile Facts for Kids | Kids World Travel Guide | Updated 10 July 2020
Where is Chile? Chile is located on the South American continent.
Below on the map of Chile you can spot the neighbouring countries and you will find Chile's capital city Santiago. Simply click on the + or - to zoom in or zoom out to see more cities, as this country is huge!
The Latin American country shares borders with the Pacific Ocean and the three South American countries: Peru, Bolivia and Argentina.
The longest of the borders is shared with Argentina and is 6,691 km/ 4,157 miles long. Large parts of Chile are covered by mountains. The coastal mountain range are along the western coastline and the Andes mountains are located along the border with Argentina.
Chile is home to the world's largest dry desert: the Atacama desert. This desert plateau is nestled between the coastal mountains and the Andes mountains.
There are about 3,000 volcanoes in Chile and about 36 of them are active volcanoes. Chile is often shaken by earthquakes.
The climate in Chile is mostly temperate with a desert climate in the northern parts of the country and there is a cool climate in the South.
Chile is larger in size than Texas/USA and has almost 6,500 km/ 4,038 miles of mainly rugged coastline.
A flight from London/UK to Santiago/Chile takes roughly 14.5 hours and from New York/USA a flight takes 10.5 hours.
Three out of four Chileans live in central Chile, in the region between Copiapo and Conception. The majority of Chileans (85%) live in urban areas.
About 7 million people live in the metropolitan region of Santiago. Other large cities in Chile are Valparaiso, and Concepcion.
Most Chileans are of mixed Spanish and native American ancestry, however, today only 30% refer to being mestizo (of mixed ancestry) and 11% refer to belonging to indigenous groups.
The biggest indigenous group are called Mapuche. Other indigenous groups are the Rapa Nui on Easter Island or the Aymara people.
About 28% of all Chileans are children under 15 years of age.
In Chile there are a lot of interesting games and sports.
Soccer is very popular in Chile. The team is mostly known as La Roja (the red team) because of their bright red uniform. Here you see Javiera Toro, a player in the women's national team of Chile.
Some of the popular teams in Chile are called Colo-Colo, Catolica, and Cobreloa. These teams are among the major teams in the Chilean premier league which is called Copa Scotiabank.
People also enjoy playing volleyball, playing tennis, doing watersports such as surfing, doing or going to the rodeo or skiing in winter.
Then there are many traditional games such emboque or trompo.
Trompo is a popular game in Chile. The goal is to spin a whipping top as long as you can. There are competitions in this game.
The game emboque is a typical children's game and players have to hit a bell shaped wooden cone. It is also played in other countries where it might be called 'ball in a cup'.
Chileans eat lots of seafood such as tuna, bacalao (codfish), octopus, prawns and salmon.
Typical Chilean food and drinks include:
More about other typical Chile foods
Here an image of the market in Chile. Corn, known in Chile as choclo is main staple and fruits such as grapes, apples, pears and lucumas, avocados and green chilli are grown and harvested in Chile.
Chile is home to some animals that are almost extinct and are on the list of endangered animals, among them are the national animal, the huemul, the pudu and the puma.
Puma sightings are rare as these big cats hunt mainly at night. They live in the Chilean mountains.
The pudu is a small deer that lives in the forests of southern Chile. Pudus are the smallest deer species in the world. The tiny Darwin's frog can be found in the streams in Chile's forests. Did you know, that these frogs grow inside their father's mouth?
Blue Whales and Macaroni Penguins can be seen off the coast in southern Chile. The penguins often slide or surf on the snow to get around as this is easier than walking!
In the Atacama desert national park, one can encounter llamas, guanacos and alpacas, and if one is lucky also chinchillas.
Read more about animals in Chile here.
... Chile has the world's largest copper mines? Copper is used in electric wiring and as this metal is a good conductor for heat it is used in radiators, heating and air-conditions.
Chile facts page: This info was researched and collected by the Grade 4 students of the International school in Santiago/Chile 'Nido de Aguilas'.
Images on Chile facts page: shutterstock.com and own images
Further resources: Central Intelligence Agency. "Chile." WorldFactbook. Last updated 4 February 2022. Last accessed 15 February 2022