|City and Commune|
Plaza de Armas in Curacaví
|Region||Santiago Metropolitan Region|
|• Alcalde||Guillermo Barros Echenique (UDI)|
|• Total||693.2 km2 (267.6 sq mi)|
|Population (2002 Census)|
|• Density||35/km2 (91/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CLT  (UTC-4)|
|• Summer (DST)||CLST  (UTC-3)|
|Area code(s)||56 +|
|Website||Municipality of Curacaví|
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
Immersed among the hills of the coastal mountain range, Curacaví occupies an area of 693.2 km2 (268 sq mi) 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.
- Juan Williams Rebolledo Commander-in-chief of the Chilean Navy at the beginning of the War of the Pacific.
- Rosamel del Valle - Avant-garde poet
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:
- 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|
- "Asociación Chilena de Municipalidades" (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 January 2011.
- "Municipality of Curacaví" (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 January 2011.
- "National Statistics Institute" (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 May 2010.
- "Chile Time". WorldTimeZones.org. Retrieved 2007-05-05.
- "Chile Summer Time". WorldTimeZones.org. Retrieved 2007-05-05.