Chile geographic regions, geographical information and landscapes of Patagonia, Atacama, Central Chile, Lake district, Pacific Islands, Antartica, Chiloe

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Chile Geographical regions

Big North

Encompassing the Regions of Tarapaca and Antofagasta (first and second regions respectively), the Big North region is a land full of contrasts.

It is a zone where the dryness and barrenness of the Atacama Desert is broken by the fertility and lushness of its valleys and oases (such as Azapa Valley and Pica Oasis). It is a zone with a wide biological variety of flora and fauna, whose most important samples are protected in the national parks of Lauca, Isluga and Surire Salt flat.

Small North

This region marks the movement between the arid desert of the north and the Mediterranean climate of the central valley. The desert starts to disappear near the third region of Atacama, and is replaced by the transversal valleys of Coquimbo in the fourth region.

Central Chile

This area comprises the regions of Valparaíso, Libertador General Bernardo O’Higgins, Maule (V, VI and VII regions respectively), as well as the Metropolitan Region, where the capital of Chile, Santiago, is located.


This is the zone where we find most of the administrative, economic, political and cultural centers of the country, cities such as Valparaíso, Viña del Mar, Rancagua, Los Andes, San Antonio and Talca. Their development is owed to the economic richness of the area, offering the ideal weather and geography for almost any kind of economic activity: agriculture, mining, fishing, tourism, and so forth.

South Chile

Comprising the regions of Bío - Bío, Araucanía and part of Los Lagos (eighth, ninth and tenth regions), this area is one of the most heterogeneous in terms of the landscape as well as the attractions you can find here. With a climate which becomes increasingly more humid, the area is covered with thick woods as well as lakes and lagoons.

North Patagonia

Including part of the Lakes Region and Aisen (tenth and eleventh regions), from Puerto Montt up to Campo de Hielo Sur, perhaps this area's most attractive feature is its unexplored and unmapped character.

South Patagonia

From the Campo de Hielo Sur (the southern ice-cap) to the Chilean Antarctic Territory, this is one of the most spectacular areas of the planet. It comprises the twelfth administrative region of Magallanes and the Chilean Antarctic.