Chile, which forms most of the West Coast of
South America, is almost 2,700 Miles Long –
averages 110 Miles Wide - and is about twice
the size of Montana;
Population – Approx. 16,000,000 people;
Capital – Santiago – Approx. 5,500,000 people;
Chile is a Safe and Law Abiding Democracy.
If Chile were in North America, it would reach
KETCHIKAN to ACAPULCO !
Since 1991, the Chilean economy (GDP) has
grown at a rate of about 5% per year;
Chile is among the worlds largest producers
of Copper and Farmed Salmon.
There are NO Venomous Snakes of any kind
in Chile, and virtually NO Flying / Biting
The Chilean Peso is pegged to the USD and
valued at about – 625 pesos/$ (Nov. 2008);
The language is Chilean Spanish; Chile’s
literacy rate is over 95%.
(2,000 Miles Away!)
There are 129 Volcanoes in Chile
36 37 38 of these - ‘Active’ since 1900.
Chilean Food & Drink
Excellent Wines – both RED and WHITE
– World acclaimed Carmenere and Chardonnay;
Wonderful Vegetables, Fruit, Lamb, Beef, and
Seafood; (Chile Exports Lots of Produce to U. S.)
Pisco Sour - National Cocktail;
Mate’ Tea - National Hospitality Drink;
Chileno Aji – A Terrific Condiment;
Chilean Food Pyramid
W I N E
Chile’s 15 Regions
Region V Santiago – Capital City
Patagonia begins in Chile’s
Region X, and at the Rio
Colorado in Argentina. It
Region XII continues south thru both
countries to Tierra del Fuego
and Cape Horn.
Patagonia contains about
350,000 square miles, or the
combined size of France,
Germany, and England.
Population Density in all of
Patagonia is approximately
4 people per square mile,
making it one of the most
sparsely populated regions
in the world.
The LAKE Region
Density: 64 / Sq. Mi.
• The Andes are the Region’s
Eastern Mountain Range;
• Capital City - Puerto Montt;
• Population – 180,000.
• Many active volcanoes;
• Many large lakes;
• Popular vacation areas;
• Center of Salmon Farming;
• Fertile, farming area.
The RIVER Region
Density: 4 / Sq. Mi.
• The Andes become a
Central and Western
• Capital City – Coyhaique;
• Population – 55,000;
• Many Rivers and Lakes;
• Transition zone to the
• Primarily Ranching;
• Multiple weather zones;
• Fishing Capital of Chile.
The MAGALLANES Region
Density: 6 / Sq. Mi.
• The Andes are the Region’s
Coastal Mountain Range;
• Capital City – Punta Arenas;
• Population – 120,000.
• Majority of Chile’s fjords,
glaciers, and islands;
• Very rugged coastal areas;
• Primarily tourist areas for
sightseeing and trekking in
• Severe weather changes.
For almost 60 years, I have been a serious fly
fishing devotee, with considerable experience fishing
waters in the western United States.
Through our many trips to Chile, my family and I
have become enchanted with Chilean Patagonia and have
made many friends there. We are currently undertaking
the task of building a vacation home in Coyhaique.
All questions, suggestions, and comments are welcomed
dpierose @ gmail.com
Also go to:
CHILEAN PATAGONIA - Part 2 – The Fishing
The Streamside Meals
CHILEAN PATAGONIA - Part 3 – The Trip
Scenes of the Area
When to Go
Lodging and Outfitters
Flight Options from U.S.
Cost of Trip