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Coquimbo Region

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Country  Chile
University  University of La Serena
Area  40,579.9 km2
Capital  La Serena
Population  687,806
Destinations  La Serena - Chile, Coquimbo, Ovalle, Los Vilos, Illapel
Points of interest  Bosque de Fray Jorge National Park, Torres del Paine National Park, Puclaro Dam, Pinguino de Humboldt National Reserve, Las Chinchillas National Reserve

The IV Coquimbo Region (Spanish: ) is one of Chiles 15 first order administrative divisions. It is some 400 km north of the capital, Santiago.


Map of Coquimbo Region

The capital and largest city is La Serena, other important cities include the seaport Coquimbo and the agricultural centre Ovalle.

Pichidangui los vilos choapa province coquimbo region chile south america

Pichidangui los vilos choapa province coquimbo region chile south america

Geography and ecology

Coquimbo Region Beautiful Landscapes of Coquimbo Region

The Coquimbo Region forms the narrowest part, or waist of Chile, and is hence one of the countrys more mountainous regions, as the Andes range runs closer to the sea than elsewhere. The region has notable marine species as well as taxa that are associated with the mountainous regions. With respect to marine organisms, the upwelling areas encourage bioproductivity off of this Pacific Coast area of Chile.

Coquimbo Region Beautiful Landscapes of Coquimbo Region

In the southern mountainous areas of the Coquimbo Region, the rare and endangered Chilean Wine Palm is found, whose habitat is threatened by human overpopulation in the region and associated deforestation for residential expansion and agriculture.

The Elqui Valley is home to a number of astronomical observatories, owing to the regions clear skies. It is also home to a 600-meter-long dam, the Puclaro, which confines the Elqui River and produces a reservoir of some seven km in length.


This region is a very popular travel destination. Visitors are mainly attracted to its long beaches, many of fine white sand, bathed by a calm sea, and the region’s pleasant climate.


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