Study Abroad in Chile
Chile occupies a long, narrow coastal strip between the Andes mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. It borders Peru to the north, Bolivia to the northeast, Argentina to the east, and the Drake Passage in the far south. The country covers a hugely diverse array of landscapes, from the desolate moonscape of Chile's Atacama Desert, to the fertile vineyards of the Central Valley, to the lush rainforests of the Lake District, to the magnificent glaciers and peaks of Patagonia and more than 3,000 miles of coastline.
Chile has a rich and complicated history. Prior to arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century, northern Chile was under Inca rule while the indigenous Mapuche inhabited central and southern Chile. Chile declared its independence from Spain on February 12, 1818. Although Chile remained free of the coups that characterize South America, it endured the 17-year long military dictatorship (1973–1990) of Augusto Pinochet. Today, Chile is one of South America's most stable and prosperous nations. The country leads Latin American nations in human development, competitiveness, income per capita, globalization and economic freedom.