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Parinacota Province

Provincia de Parinacota
Official seal of Parinacota Province
Location in Arica y Parinacota Region
Location in Arica y Parinacota Region
Parinacota Province is located in Chile
Parinacota Province
Parinacota Province
Location in Chile
Country  Chile
Region Arica and Parinacota
Named for Parinacota Volcano
Capital Putre
Comunas General Lagos
 • Type Provincial
 • Total 8,146.9 km2 (3,145.5 sq mi)
 (2002 Census)
 • Total 3,156
 • Density 0.38739/km2 (1.00333/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-4 (CLT)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-3 (CLST)
Area code(s) 56 + 58
Website Official website

Parinacota Province (Spanish: Provincia de Parinacota) is a province of Chile. It belongs to the Arica and Parinacota region (XV), the northernmost and the newest of the Chilean regions. Its capital is Putre.

It is named after the Parinacota volcano.


The Arica and Parinacota region was created on 8 October 2007 under Law 20.175, promulgated on March 23, 2007. The law divided the former Tarapacá region into two: the northern portion became the XV Arica y Parinacota Region, and the southern portion remained the I Tarapacá Region.


The Parinacota province has an area of 8,146.9 km2 (3,145.5 sq mi).

Parinacota borders Peru to the north, Bolivia to the east, the Tamarugal province in the Tarapacá region to the south and the Arica province to the west.


As of 2002 (last national census), there were 3,156 people (2,106 men and 1,050 women) living in the province, giving it a population density of 0.4 inhabitants/km².

The largest town of the province is Putre, its capital, with a population, in 2002, of 1,498 inhabitants.


As a province, Parinacota is a second-level administrative division, consisting of two communes (comunas): General Lagos in the northern portion and Putre in the south. The town of Putre is the provincial capital. The province is administered by a governor.

Parinacota province (152)
Code Comuna Capital Area
15201 Putre Putre 5,902.5 1,977
15202 General Lagos General Lagos 2,244.4 1,179
Total of the Parinacota province 8,146.9 3,156
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