Chilean" is a fact: it is the art of living in a slightly seasoned way, which makes the Chilean language, in theory of Spanish, an immense field of unusual expressions. But Chile is above all a country of many indigenous peoples whose traditions continue: Aymaras or Atacamaeans in the north, Mapuche in the south... These cultures, long suffocated, nowadays protrude with force from the tutelary shackles imposed since the Spanish colonization. Not everything is rosy in their daily struggles. As for the peoples of the Great South, decimated since the Whites colonized their lands, they relive (a little...) in the museum windows...
A simple and attractive cuisine :
Not that Chilean cuisine is the finest in the world... But it remains a crossroads of influences, particularly French, Italian, Spanish and German. Everywhere, seafood is a delight... and much cheaper than in Europe. The opportunity for a good cure of salmon, conger eel, scallops, crab and clams! Not to mention the famous Chilean wine... whose surprising Carmen grape variety is endemic in Chile (despite its French origin).
© Dominique Auzias & Jean-Paul Labourdette