ONLY in CHILE: Top 5 Weirdest Things That Make You Confused
It’s all in a day’s work, and the natural bounty of Chile’s gorgeous landscapes, intriguing history and culture, welcoming people, scrumptious food and drink, and exciting adventure opportunities make it an easy job to do!
1. World's Biggest Swimming Pool is in Chile
Opened to the public in 2006 in Algarrobo city in the Pacific coast, this is the most impressive artificial paradise that was named by the Guinness Book of Records as the World’s largest swimming pool with a length of 1,000 yards, an area of 20 acres and a maximum depth of 115-feet.
Reporters says it that it tooks five years of construction work with a cost of nearly $2 billion and the size of about 16 football fields. It holds over 66 million gallons of crystal clear seawater. You probably couldn't swim across. Good thing there are kayaks, canoes, or paddleboats. Thus, how do they fill this thing?
The water is pumped from the Pacific Ocean, filtered, and treated. This is the perfert place for a workout, a selfie or swimming.
2. The Driest Place on Earth, The Atacama Desert
The Chile's Atacama Desert runs through a 1,000 kilometer long strip of land between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, spreading out over an area of 363,000 square kilometers. Some parts of the region have never received a drop of rain and the Desert is probably also the oldest desert on earth.
As a result of these harsh conditions, plant and animal life is almost non-existent, particularly in the lower Atacama Desert. The northern coastal areas, however, do receive a little more rainfall, and as a result, are less arid.
3. Easter Island
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The “moai” island off the coast of Chile, was annexed by the country in 1888 and renamed Easter Island in the late 1700’s. During the 1900s it was a sheep farm and was managed by the Chilean Navy.
On this particular Island, more than 7 km of subterranean lava tunnels have been mapped out, which are home to one of the most extensive cave systems on earth. In 1966, the entire island was opened to the public and the remaining Rapanui people became citizens of Chile.
4. The Chilean accent
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A new way of speaking Spanish! Just when you thought you'd mastered the Spanish language, you arrive in Santiago totally confused, wondering what on earth anyone is saying to you… For example, in Chilean Spanish, the letter s is usually avoided, so in a shop, “200 pesos” (dos cientos pesos), becomes do ciento peso. The word for thank you, gracias sounds like gracia and mas o menos (more or less) is pronounced ma o meno.
Chileans also take off the d from words ending with ado, so words like supermercado become supermercao and the Spanish word for fish, pescado sounds like pecao as both the s and the d are dropped. And for good measure, random words like po are randomly thrown in every other sentence, even after a simple yes or no: si po or no po.
5. The world's best wines are in Chile
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The Chilean wine industry dates back to the 1500s when the Spanish first arrived, introducing vitis vinifera grapes to the region. However, it wasn't until the late 1900s when it really took off, after large numbers of families from France moved to Chile.Today, Chile is the world's 5th largest exporter of wine and the 7th largest producer. As Argentina is famous for its Malbec, Chile isfamous for its Cabernet Sauvignon.
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