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City and Commune
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Coordinates (city):
Country Chile
Region Coquimbo
Province Elqui
Founded 1867
 • Type Municipality
 • Alcalde Cristian Galleguillos Vega
 • Total 1,429.3 km2 (551.9 sq mi)
Elevation 15 m (49 ft)
Population (2012 census)[2]
 • Total 200,117
 • Density 140/km2 (360/sq mi)
 • Urban 154,316
 • Rural 8,720
 • Men 79,428
 • Women 83,608
Time zone CLT (UTC−4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST (UTC−3)
Postal code 1780000
Area code(s) 56 + 51
Website Municipality of Coquimbo

Coquimbo is a port city, commune and capital of the Elqui Province, located on the Pan-American Highway, in the Coquimbo Region of Chile. Coquimbo lives in a valley 10 km (6 mi) south of La Serena, with which it forms Greater La Serena with more than 400,000 inhabitants. The commune spans an area around the harbor of 1,429.3 km2 (552 sq mi).[2] The average temperature in the city lies around 14 °C (57 °F), and precipitation is low.


  • History 1
  • Demographics 2
  • Administration 3
  • Economy 4
  • Sports 5
  • International relations 6
    • Twin towns – Sister cities 6.1
  • Popular culture 7
  • Gallery 8
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11


The natural harbor in Coquimbo was taken over by Pedro de Valdivia from Spain in 1550. The gold and copper industry in the region led to the city's importance as a port around 1840 and many Europeans especially from England settled in Coquimbo. In 1867 it was recognized as a town.


According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Coquimbo had 163,036 inhabitants (79,428 men and 83,608 women). Of these, 154,316 (94.7%) lived in urban areas and 8,720 (5.3%) in rural areas. The population grew by 32.8% (40,270 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.[2]


As a commune, Coquimbo is a fourth-level administrative division of Chile administered by a municipal council, headed by an alcalde who is directly elected every four years. The 2012-2016 alcalde is Cristian Galleguillos Vega.[1]

Within the PDC) as part of the 4th senatorial constituency (Coquimbo Region).


The city is an industrial and shipping center. It is growing quickly, registering a 32.8% growth rate from 1992 to 2002. Tourism has started to develop. It is an access point for beach towns to the south, such as Guanaqueros and Tongoy. The port is still important for shipping, especially fruit and copper from mines in the region. Wine is also produced in the area.


The city has a soccer team called Coquimbo Unido which plays in the Chilean Primera División B. Their home games are played at the Francisco Sánchez Rumoroso Municipal Stadium, which has a capacity of 17,750 seats. Their biggest rival is Club de Deportes La Serena. They are nicknamed "Los Piratas", because of the tradition of pirates that arrived to the coasts of Coquimbo.

International relations

Twin towns – Sister cities

Coquimbo is twinned with:

Popular culture

In NatGeo´s docummentary "Evacuate Earth", Coquimbo's Region is mentioned as the place where astronomical observatory La Silla is located.


See also


  1. ^ a b "Municipality of Coquimbo" (in Español). Retrieved 4 November 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "National Statistics Institute" (in Español). Retrieved 4 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Elbląg - Podstrony / Miasta partnerskie". Elbląski Dziennik Internetowy (in Polish). Archived from the original on 2011-03-15. Retrieved 2013-08-01. 
  4. ^ "Elbląg - Miasta partnerskie". Elblą (in Polish). Retrieved 2013-08-01. 
This article incorporates information from the revision as of June 9, 2006 of the equivalent article on the Deutsch WorldHeritage.

External links

  • (Spanish) Municipality of Coquimbo
  • Travel Coquimbo
  • Photo of Coquimbo
  • Arriendo a Turistas
  • Arriendos en Coquimbo Official website (Spanish)
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