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Pan-American Highway, Talcahuano, Puerto Montt, s Chile, Antofagasta

Chile has a network of about 79,814 km (about 49,594 mi) of roads, of which 19 percent are paved. In the mid-1990s Chile was seeking private investors to improve a 1,600-km (1,000-mi) section of the Pan-American Highway, and then to operate the section as a toll road. Railroad lines total 2,710 km (1,684 mi) in length and are confined to the northern two-thirds of the country. The main north-south system is connected by spur lines to important coastal towns and by trans-Andean lines to points in Argentina and Bolivia. Because of the difficult terrain, many coastal cities rely on water transportation. Fine harbors are few, however. The principal ports are Valparaiso, Talcahuano and Tome (both located on Concepcion Bay), Antofagasta, San Antonio, and Punta Arenas. The most important international airports in the country are located near Santiago and Arica; others are at Antofagasta, Puerto Montt, and Punta Arenas.

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