"He liked Pinochet"
Pinochet meets Peron 1974
Public DomainPinochet meets Peron 1974 - Credit: Archivo Diario Clarín Argentina

General Augusto Pinochet had recently come to power in Chile at the time of Chatwin's trip. He appointed himself President after leading the CIA-backed junta that overthrew Salvador Allende in 1973.

His rule was a terrifying period in which, according to the disputed Valech Report, an estimated 400,000 people were tortured between 1973 and 1990, many in the earliest months of his regime.