Tamarugal Province

Chilean province

Tamarugal (Spanish: Provincia de Tamarugal) is one of two provinces in the northern Chilean region of Tarapacá (I). The capital is the city of Pozo Almonte.

Provincia de Tamarugal
Official seal of Tamarugal
Location in Tarapacá Region
Tamarugal is located in Chile
Location in Chile
Coordinates: 20°15′34″S 69°47′10″W / 20.25944°S 69.78611°W / -20.25944; -69.78611Coordinates: 20°15′34″S 69°47′10″W / 20.25944°S 69.78611°W / -20.25944; -69.78611
Country Chile
CapitalPozo Almonte
 • TypeProvincial
 • GovernorClaudio Vila Bustillos
 • Total39,390.5 km2 (15,208.8 sq mi)
 (2002 Census)[2]
 • Total22,531
 • Density0.57/km2 (1.5/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-4 (CLT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-3 (CLST)
Area code(s)56 + 57
WebsiteOfficial website

Tamarugal means "a place where there are many tamarugos"; tamarugo (Prosopis tamarugo) is a tree endemic to the arid lands of northern Chile.


The Tamarugal province has an area of 39,390.5 km2 (15,208.8 sq mi).[2]

Tamarugal is bordered on the north by the Arica and Parinacota region, on the east by Bolivia, on the south by the Antofagasta region and on the west by the Iquique province and the Pacific Ocean.


As of 2002 (last national census), there were 22,531 people living in the province, giving it a population density of 0.6 inhabitants/km².[2]

The largest city of the province is Pozo Almonte, its capital, with a population, in 2002, of 6,384 inhabitants.


As a province, Tamarugal is a second-level administrative division, consisting of five communes (comunas). The city of Pozo Almonte serves as the provincial capital. The province is administered by a governor.

The Tamarugal province, in brown
Tamarugal province (014)
Code Comuna Capital Area[2]
01401 Pozo Almonte 7 Pozo Almonte 13,765.8 10,830
01402 Camiña 3 Camiña 2,200.2 1,275
01403 Colchane 4 Colchane 4,015.6 1,649
01404 Huara 5 Huara 10,474.6 2,599
01405 Pica 6 Pica 8,934.3 6,178
Total of Tamarugal province 39,390.5 22,531


  1. "Gobernaciones". Intendencia - Region of Tarapacá (in Spanish). Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "Región de Tarapacá" (PDF). Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 May 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2016.

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