Chile

Driving Directions Chile

CHILE lies like a backbone down the Pacific coast of the South American continent. It extends from Peru in the north right down to Cape Horn on the southern tip of Tierra del Fuego, a total length from north to south of about 4,184 kilometers or 2,600 miles. At its widest point, Chile does not exceed 185 kilometers or 115 miles. The country experiences volcanic explosions and earthquakes.

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China

Driving Directions China

CHINA or THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA dominates the region of East Asia, not only regarding size since it is the third largest country in the world but also because of its huge population. One-fifth of the world’s people (numbering approximately 1,360,720,000 ) live in China, and it has a larger population than any other individual country. The area occupied by China includes about 3,400 islands but excludes the disput­ed territory of Taiwan. The People’s Republic shares borders with many other countries: Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), India, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Russia, and North Korea. In the east, China has an extensive coastline with the Yellow Sea, the East China Sea and the South China Sea which all open into the Pacific Ocean.

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Colombia

Driving Directions Colombia

COLOMBIA situated in the north of South America, and most of the country lies between the equator and 10°N. The Andes Mountains are split into three ranges in Colombia: the Cordillera Occidental, the Cordillera Central and the Cordillera Oriental. The most westerly range is the Cordillera Occidental, which consists of a fairly low but rugged foothills that rise behind the Pacific coast. On the east side of these, the River Cauca flows from south to north, joining with Colombia’s main river, the Magdalena, 322 kilometers or 200 miles south of the Caribbean coast Rising on the eastern side of the Cauca valley, the high peaks of the Cordillera Central attain heights of more than 5,029 meters or 16,500 feet and many are active volcanoes. On the far side of these lies the great Magdalena river, running northwards for a distance of over 15,289-kilo­meters or 9,500 miles, which is nearly the entire length of the country. To the east again are found the Andean range of the Cordillera Oriental, which is a region of plateaux, plains, peaks, and lakes.

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Comoros

Driving Directions Comoros

COMOROS consists of three volcanic islands in the Indian Ocean sit­uated between mainland Africa and Madagascar. Physically, four islands make up the group, but the island of Mayotte remained a French depen­dency when the three western islands became a federal Islamic republic in 1975.

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Congo

Driving Directions Congo

CONGO, formerly a French colony and now a republic, is situated between Gabon to the west and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (previously Zaire) to the east on the west coast of southern Africa. The Congo river basin is in the northeast of the country, and the enormous River Congo forms most of the country’s border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Costa Rica

Driving Directions Costa Rica

COSTA RICA is a small country bounded by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the south, the Pacific Ocean to the south and west and the Caribbean Sea to the east. Three mountain ranges, including some active volcanoes, form the backbone of the land. About half the popula­tion concentrated on the Meseta Central, a fertile plateau on the west­ern side of the country which was first settled by the Spanish in the 16th century.

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CÓTE d’Ivoire

Driving Directions CÓTE d’Ivoire

CÓTE d’Ivoire, a former French colony in West Africa, is located on the Gulf of Guinea with Ghana to the east and Liberia and Guinea to the west. A roughly square-shaped country, the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire comprises a once thickly forested, undulating plain in the south and west, rising to mountainous territory in the northwestern border regions.

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Croatia

Driving Directions Croatia

CROATIA, a republic of former Yugoslavia, made a unilateral declaration of independence on 25 June 1991. Sovereignty was not formally recog­nised by the international community until early in 1992. Located in south­east Europe, it is bounded to the west by the Adriatic Sea, to the north by Slovenia and Hungary, to the east by Yugoslavia and the south by Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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Cuba

Driving Directions Cuba

CUBA is the largest and most westerly of the Greater Antilles group of islands in the West Indies. It is strategically positioned at the entrance to the Gulf of Mexico and lies about 140 kilometers or 87 miles south of the tip of Florida.

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Cyprus

Driving Directions Cyprus

CYPRUS is an island republic which lies in the eastern Mediterranean about 85 kilometers or 53 miles south of Turkey. It has been unofficially partitioned since 1974 – the northeastern portion forming the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

The island’s shape somewhat resembles a saucepan with the “handle” formed by the long, narrow Karpas Peninsula pointing northeastwards towards Turkey. A range of mountains extends along much of the northern coast with a still higher range, the Troodos Mountains, in the center and southwest. Between the mountains lies the extensive Messoria Plain. The highest point is Mount Olympus (1,951 meters or 6,401 feet) in the southwest.

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