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City and Commune
Plaza de Armas in Curacaví
Plaza de Armas in Curacaví
Location of the Curacaví commune in the Santiago Metropolitan Region
Location of the Curacaví commune in the Santiago Metropolitan Region
Curacaví is located in Chile
Location in Chile
Coordinates: 33°24′S 71°09′W / 33.400°S 71.150°W / -33.400; -71.150Coordinates: 33°24′S 71°09′W / 33.400°S 71.150°W / -33.400; -71.150
Country Chile
Region Santiago Metropolitan Region
Province Melipilla Province
Government[1] [2]
 • Type Municipality
 • Alcalde Guillermo Barros Echenique (UDI)
 • Total 693.2 km2 (267.6 sq mi)
Population (2002 Census)[3]
 • Total 24,298
 • Density 35/km2 (91/sq mi)
 • Urban 15,645
 • Rural 8,653
 • Men 12,351
 • Women 11,947
Time zone CLT [4] (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST [5] (UTC-3)
Area code(s) 56 +
Website Municipality of Curacaví

Curacaví is a city and commune in the Melipilla Province of central Chile's Santiago Metropolitan Region.

Rapid Expansion[edit]

Curacavi is now home to various exclusive gated communities called condominios. These large luxury developments range from 500 hectares upwards with each individual property starting at around 1 hectare. The develepoment of the condominios began in the 1990s but has accelerated dramatically in recent years. The are is therefore home to increasing numbers of wealthy Santiago commuters who are both Chilean and foreign. The momentum is largely due to fast transport links and a better quality of life in the face of Santiagos increasing pollution problems. Fast commuting times are now offered through the Ruta 68 and the Lo Prado tunnel which offers journeys times of 35 minutes to santiago.

Geography and climate[edit]

Immersed among the hills of the coastal mountain range, Curacaví occupies an area of 693.2 km2 (268 sq mi)[3] and borders the following communes: Casablanca, Quilpué, Lampa, Pudahuel, Maipú, Padre Hurtado, Melipilla, and María Pinto. The climate is mild Mediterranean with a long dry season with high temperatures in the summer and low temperatures in the winter.


According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Curacaví spans an area of 693.2 km2 (268 sq mi) and has 24,298 inhabitants (12,351 men and 11,947 women). Of these, 15,645 (64.4%) lived in urban areas and 8,653 (35.6%) in rural areas. The population grew by 27.5% (5,245 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.[3]

Notable people[edit]


As a commune, Curacaví 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 Guillermo Barros Echenique (UDI), and the council members are:[2]

  • Juan Pablo Barros Basso (Independent)
  • Cristián Galdames Santibáñez (PS)
  • Paul Alvarado Muñoz (PDC)
  • Cristian Enrique Hernandez Villanueva (UDI)
  • Leonardo Bravo Gómez (PDC)
  • Emilio Madrid Barros (UDI)

Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Curacaví is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by Denise Pascal (PS) and Gonzalo Uriarte (UDI) as part of the 31st electoral district, (together with Talagante, Peñaflor, El Monte, Isla de Maipo, Melipilla, María Pinto, Alhué, San Pedro and Padre Hurtado). The commune is represented in the Senate by Guido Girardi Lavín (PPD) and Jovino Novoa Vásquez (UDI) as part of the 7th senatorial constituency (Santiago-West).


Photos of Curacaví
Puangue at Alhue
Ford of the Puangue River at Alhué near Curacaví. 
Museo de la Vivienda
"Tacitas" (cupules) on a boulder at the banks of the Puangue River. 
A house at the museum Museo de la Vivienda Tradicional Rural Unifamiliar Chilena


  1. ^ "Asociación Chilena de Municipalidades" (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Municipality of Curacaví" (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "National Statistics Institute" (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Chile Time". Retrieved 2007-05-05. 
  5. ^ "Chile Summer Time". Retrieved 2007-05-05. 

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