About Chile

Chile is an exciting place for you to study and learn Spanish, as it has some of the most varied geography of any country in South America. Its coastline provides incredible Pacific vistas and scenic mountains, fertile central valleys with vineyards, and a glorious lake district. For anyone who has ever been fascinated by geography, the long, impossibly thin line of Chile has always produced a tiny moment of astonishment. Chile stretches over 2,700 miles along the southwestern coast of South America, a distance roughly the same as that from San Francisco to New York. At the same time, its width never exceeds 150 miles, making the country more than eighteen times longer than its widest point.

Along with this varied terrain comes an unparalleled opportunity for outdoor adventure to combine with your Spanish learning. The mountains lure skiers and climbers, and the beaches call to surfers and snorkelers. Hikers rave about the many national parks that are home to a variety of unusual animals. If you want to combine adventure travel with Spanish language learning, this is an ideal location.

The country is home to a large community of Europeans, but the traditions of the indigenous people still are visible. Its fifteen million people are warm and welcoming, and it has one of the highest levels of literacy in Latin America. Nobel Prizes for literature have been awarded to the Chilean poets Pablo Neruda and Gabriela Mistral. Enhance your Spanish learning culturally by visiting one of Neruda's private homes or sitting in the booth of a giant of literature in a tradition-soaked literary cafe.