The ‘Southern Cone’ is the geographic region which is composed of Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay. As much as a distinct geographic region, the culture in the southern cone is uniquely patterned both vis-a-vis northern South America and between the four countries themselves.
Chile lies between the snowcapped Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. It is a fertile strip of land which is as long as the United States is wide. As in the rest of South America, the people in Chile speak Spanish, but a dialect that lives the geographic distinction that is seen in the Atacama desert, Andes Mountains, and Patagonian Fjords. For a study of how to survive the ‘Chilean language’ see Brennan and Taboada.