—  City and Commune  —
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Location of Ovalle commune in the Coquimbo Region
Location of Ovalle commune in the Coquimbo Region
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Coordinates: 30°36′S 71°12′W / 30.6°S 71.2°W / -30.6; -71.2Coordinates: 30°36′S 71°12′W / 30.6°S 71.2°W / -30.6; -71.2
Country Chile
Region Coquimbo
Province Limarí
 - Type Municipality
 - Alcalde Marta Lobos Inzunza
 - Total 3,834.5 km2 (1,480.5 sq mi)
Population (2002 Census)[2]
 - Total 98,089
 - Density 25.6/km2 (66.3/sq mi)
 - Urban 73,790
 - Rural 24,299
 - Men 47,805
 - Women 50,284
Time zone CLT (UTC−4)
 - Summer (DST) CLST (UTC−3)
Area code(s) 56 + 53
Website Municipality of Ovalle

Ovalle is a city in the Coquimbo Region of Chile,[3] founded in 1831 as a settlement of more than 113,000 people. The name Ovalle was chosen to honor to Chile's vice-president José Tomás Ovalle. Ovalle is the capital of the Limarí Province.

The city's setting is often likened to an oasis, being lush and green although surrounded by barren hills.[citation needed]

There is a trail leading from the city that lasts roughly 50 minutes, and features relatively safe bathing and an area where dinosaur fossils can be found. On the trail is a life-sized model of a brachiosaurus.

The town's club is Deportes Ovalle. Famous players have played for the club, including 1982 FIFA World Cup player Rodolfo Dubó.

The area's climate is notably hot.[citation needed]



According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Ovalle spans an area of 3,834.5 km2 (1,481 sq mi) and has 98,089 inhabitants (47,805 men and 50,284 women). Of these, 73,790 (75.2%) lived in urban areas and 24,299 (24.8%) in rural areas. The population grew by 15.4% (13,107 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.[2]


As a commune, Ovalle is a third-level administrative division of Chile administered by a municipal council, headed by an alcalde who is directly elected every four years. The 2008-2012 alcalde is Marta Lobos Inzunza.

Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Ovalle is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by Pedro Velásquez (Ind.) and Matías Walker (PDC) as part of the 8th electoral district, (together with Coquimbo and Río Hurtado). The commune is represented in the Senate by Evelyn Matthei Fornet (UDI) and Jorge Pizarro Soto (PDC) as part of the 4th senatorial constituency (Coquimbo Region).


Monument La Paloma
Vista de Ovalle

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