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Tarapacá Region


Tarapacá Region

Tarapacá Region
I Región de Tarapacá
Region of Chile
Skyline of Tarapacá Region
Flag of Tarapacá Region
Coat of Arms of Tarapacá Region
Coat of arms
Map of Tarapacá Region
Map of Tarapacá Region
Country  Chile
Capital Iquique
Provinces Iquique, Tamarugal
 • Total 41,799.5 km2 (16,138.9 sq mi)
Area rank 6
Lowest elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Population (2012 census)[1]
 • Total 295,095
 • Rank 12
 • Density 7.1/km2 (18/sq mi)
ISO 3166 code CL-TA
Website Official website (Spanish)
Teatro Municipal de Iquique, built during the salt boom
Dancers in the Fiesta de La Tirana, the main religious festival in northern Chile

The I Tarapacá Region (Spanish: I Región de Tarapacá) is one of Chile's 15 first order administrative divisions. It borders the Chilean Arica and Parinacota Region to the north, Bolivia's Oruro Department on the east, the Antofagasta Region on the south and the Pacific Ocean on the west. The port city of Iquique (2002 pop. 216,419) is the region's capital.

Much of the region was once the Tarapacá Province of Peru, which was annexed by Chile under the 1883 Treaty of Ancón at the close of the War of the Pacific. The region was important economically as a site of intense saltpeter mining, before synthetic nitrate manufacturing became possible. A number of abandoned mining towns can still be found in the region.

The present day Tarapacá Region was created in 2007 by subdividing the former Tarapacá Region under Law 20.175, which was signed by President Michelle Bachelet in Arica.[2]


  • Administration 1
  • Climate 2
  • Rivers 3
  • Economic activities 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The government of the region resides in the intendant, who is assigned by the president. Each of the region's two provinces are further subdivided into communes.

Province Capital Commune Other towns
Iquique Iquique Iquique
Alto Hospicio
Tamarugal Pozo Almonte Huara Pisagua
Pozo Almonte Mamiña


A desert climate dominates the region. Near the coast, cloudiness can limit the temperature swing throughout the day, but in other drier areas, temperatures can vary greatly as is typical in deserts. A marginal desert region can be found over 3,000 m (9,843 ft) above sea level, which sees milder temperatures and summer rains.[2]


Economic activities

See also


  1. ^ a b "Tarapacá Region".  
  2. ^ a b "Arica-Parinacota Region". 9 March 2010. Retrieved 9 March 2010. 

External links

  • Gobierno Regional de Tarapacá Official website (Spanish)
  • Information about Tarapaca (Spanish)
  • Canal 57 - Tarapacá Digital Televisión (Spanish)
  • Iquique TV (Spanish)
  • Mall ZOFRI (English) (Spanish)

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