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Province of El Loa
Provincia de El Loa
Official seal of Province of El Loa
Location in the Antofagasta Region
El Loa province, in red, in the Antofagasta Region
Location in Chile
Country  Chile
Region Antofagasta
 • Total 41,999.6 km2 (16,216.1 sq mi)
Population (2002 Census)
 • Total 143,689
 • Density 3.421199/km2 (8.86087/sq mi)
Time zone CLT (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST (UTC-3)
Area code(s) 56 + 55
Website Official website

The Province of El Loa (Spanish: Provincia de El Loa) is one of three provinces of the northern Chilean region of Antofagasta (II). It is named after the longest river of Chile, the Loa. The provincial capital is Calama.


The El Loa province has an area of 41,999.6 km2 (16,216.1 sq mi).

The province is bordered on the north by the Tarapacá region, on the east by Bolivia, on the south by Argentina and on the west by the Antofagasta and the Tocopilla provinces.


As of 2002 (last national census), there were 143,689 people living in the province, giving it a population density of 3.4 inhabitants/km².

The largest city of the province is Calama, its capital, with a population, in 2002, of 126,135 inhabitants.


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

Antofagasta Comunas
The Antofagasta province (communes 5, 6, 7)
El Loa province
Code Comuna Capital Area
02201 5 Calama Calama 15,596.9 138,402
02202 6 Ollagüe Ollagüe 2,963.9 318
02203 7 San Pedro de Atacama San Pedro de Atacama 23,438.8 4,969
Total of the El Loa province 41,999.6 143,689

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