Mapocho river crosses Santiago. It is 110 Km long and flows from the Andes mountain range onto the west. It is believed that the word "Mapocho" is a misspelling of the mapudungun word "Mapuche", that means "people of the land". Mapudungun is the language spoken by the Mapuche, the original inhabitants of Central and Southern Chile. There is a very bold project to turn the Mapocho into a navigable river. Who knows, maybe in the not-too-distant future we can have our own bateaux mouches in Santiago!