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Chañaral Province

Provincia de Chañaral
Official seal of Chañaral Province
Location in the Atacama Region
Chañaral, in red, in the Atacama Region
Chañaral Province is located in Chile
Chañaral Province
Chañaral Province
Location in Chile
Country  Chile
Region Atacama
Capital Chañaral
Comunas Chañaral, Diego de Almagro
 • Type Provincial
 • Total 24,436.2 km2 (9,434.9 sq mi)
 (2002 Census)
 • Total 32,132
 • Density 1.314934/km2 (3.40566/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-4 (CLT)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-3 (CLST)
Area code(s) 56 + 52
Website Official website:

The Chañaral Province (Spanish: Provincia de Chañaral) is one of three provinces in the northern Chilean region of Atacama (III). The capital is the small coastal town of Chañaral.


The Chañaral province has an area of 24,436.2 km2 (9,434.9 sq mi).

Chañaral is bordered on the north by the Antofagasta region, on the east by Argentina, on the south by the Copiapó province and on the west by the Pacific Ocean.

About 30 km (19 mi) north of the town of Chañaral is the Pan de Azúcar National Park.


As of 2002 (last national census), there were 32,132 people living in the province, giving it a population density of 1.3 inhabitants/km².

The largest city of the province is Chañaral, its capital, with a population, in 2002, of 6,384 inhabitants.


As a province, Chañaral is a second-level administrative division, consisting of two communes (comunas). The city of Chañaral serves as the provincial capital. The province is administered by a governor.

Atacama Comunas
The Chañaral province, in top
Chañaral province
Code Comuna Capital Area
03201 1 Chañaral Chañaral 5,772.4 13,543
03202 2 Diego de Almagro Diego de Almagro 18,663.8 18,589
Total of the Chañaral province 24,436.2 32,132

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