| International Workshop on Urban Transport Sustainability

Elqui Valley, Coquimbo Region, Chile


P. Catholic University of Chile, Santiago, Chile


About Chile

On the Southern Hemisphere, on South America: Chile is sandwiched between two natural barriers – to the east lie the majestic Andes Mountains and to the west lies the Pacific Ocean – making Chile a country rather isolated, resulting in flourishing agricultural and fishing industries.

The climatic diversity ranging from the tropical, arid north to the cool, damp south allows Chile to produce a vast array of products, and the quality and flavour of its seafood, fish, wines and fruit, to name but a few, has positioned the country as an important global food supplier. The past and ongoing investment that has resulted from both domestic and international initiatives are testament to Chile’s incredible growth over the last 20 years. Moreover, the country’s stable political system and economy have provided a firm and stable base for all of those involved in business dealings with Chile. View Gallery.

About Santiago

The capital of Chile is emerging as one of the most recommended cities for tourism and for conventions and business trips in South America.

The notable traditions and history of its civic quarter (center) bear witness to the republican life of the country. The history, artistic and civic tradition are spread throughout its museums, art galleries, and artisan centers. The multiple university campuses within the city confirm its leadership as a major seat of higher education in the country.

Within the capital, as well as in Valparaiso and Isla Negra (both less than 100 km far from Santiago) tourists can have a first hand experience of the life and work of Pablo Neruda, winner of the 1971 Nobel Proze for Literature, by visiting his various homes, all of which have been converted into museums.

Santiago is also the capital of the Metropolitan Region, which extends over an area of 6 provinces ranging from the heart of the city to the mountains and valleys that are bathed by the rivers that give rise to pleasure and recreation for its visitors. A must- see experience in the outskirts of the city of Santiago is the famous wine tour that allows tourists to visit famous vineyards located in the outskirts of the city. Other popular tours include the Cajón del Maipo and Pomaire.


The Extension Center (Centro de Extensión , Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile), is housed adjacent to the UC Headquarters, which until 1988 was the seat of Institute of Humanities Luis Campino. After its renovation in 1989, this neoclassical building has become one of the most beloved architectural landmark and an example that combines conservation with great harmony, tradition and functionality.