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Provincia de Colchagua
Government of Colchagua's headquarters
Government of Colchagua's headquarters
Official seal of Colchagua
Location in the O'Higgins Region
Colchagua, in red, in the O'Higgins Region
Colchagua is located in Chile
Location in Chile
Country  Chile
Region O'Higgins
Capital San Fernando
Comunas 10 (See list)
 • Type Provincial
 • Total 5,678.0 km2 (2,192.3 sq mi)
 (2002 Census)
 • Total 196,566
 • Density 34.6189/km2 (89.6625/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-4 (CLT)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-3 (CLST)
Website Official website:

The Colchagua Province (Spanish: Provincia de Colchagua) is one of three provinces of the central Chilean region of Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins (VI).

Its capital is the city of San Fernando.


The Colchagua province has an area of 5,678 sq mi (14,710 km2), the second largest and the most southern province of the O'Higgins region.

Colchagua is a landlocked province (it does not border the ocean) and is bordered to the north by the Cachapoal province, to the east by Argentina, to the south by the Curicó province (Maule region) and to the west by the Cardenal Caro province.

The Tinguiririca volcano is in this province near the border with Argentina, in the Andes. It was near this volcano that the Uruguayan Air Force Flight 57 crashed in 1972 with its survivors lost for seventy-two days.


The people from the province are called Colchagüino (women: Colchagüina).

As of 2002 (last national census), there were 196,566 people living in the province, giving it a population density of 34.6 inhabitants/km².

The largest city of the province is San Fernando, its capital, with a population, in 2002, of 49,519 inhabitants.


As a province, Cachapoal is a second-level administrative division, consisting of 10 communes (comunas). The city of San Fernando serves as the provincial capital. The province is administered by a governor.

O'Higgins Comunas
Colchagua province
Code Comuna Capital Area
06301 32 San Fernando San Fernando 2,441.3 63,732 26.1
06302 24 Chépica Chépica 503.4 13,857 27.5
06303 25 Chimbarongo Chimbarongo 497.9 32,316 64.9
06304 26 Lolol Lolol 596.9 6,191 10.4
06305 27 Nancagua Nancagua 111.3 15,634 140.5
06306 28 Palmilla Palmilla 237.3 11,200 47.2
06307 29 Peralillo Peralillo 282.6 9,729 34.4
06308 30 Placilla Placilla 146.9 8,078 55.0
06309 31 Pumanque Pumanque 440.9 3,442 7.8
06310 33 Santa Cruz Santa Cruz 419.5 32,387 77.2
Total of the Colchagua province 5,678.0 196,566 34.6

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