In the interview with Las Ultimas Noticias magazine, ahead of a visit to the country on July 15, 50-year-old Tyson was asked what he knows about Chile.
"OK, they have beautiful pyramids," Tyson said.
"Pyramids, Mike?" asked surprised interviewer Samuel Ferreiro.
"Yes, like the Aztecs. They told me there are high mountains, too," the ex-boxer said.
In 1986 Mike Tyson became the youngest-ever heavyweight champion in history, at age 20. He lost the title in 1990, and in 1992 was convicted of rape, spending three years in prison. He later gained more notoriety for biting off part of opponent Evander Holyfield's ear during a 1997 fight.
Tyson declared bankruptcy in 2003, despite being worth more than $300 million during his career, and having received over $30 million for several of his fights.