Algarrobo, Chile

Coordinates: 33°23′28″S 71°41′34″W / 33.39111°S 71.69278°W / -33.39111; -71.69278
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Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Coordinates (city): 33°23′28″S 71°41′34″W / 33.39111°S 71.69278°W / -33.39111; -71.69278
ProvinceSan Antonio
 • TypeMunicipality
 • AlcaldeJorge Luis Pizarro Romero
 • Total175.6 km2 (67.8 sq mi)
13 m (43 ft)
 (2012 Census)[2]
 • Total10,217
 • Density58/km2 (150/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Rural
 • Men4,369
 • Women4,232
Time zoneUTC-4 (CLT[3])
 • Summer (DST)UTC-3 (CLST[4])
Area code(+56) 35
WebsiteMunicipality of Algarrobo

Algarrobo (Spanish pronunciation: [alɣaˈroβo]) is a Chilean city and commune in San Antonio Province, Valparaíso Region. Located on the country's central coast, it is a popular summer resort for the population of Santiago. It is an upscale community near El Quisco and Valparaíso. The San Alfonso del Mar resort, located north of the city, is home to the world's largest outdoor pool.[5]

Islote Pájaros Niños is a nature sanctuary on a rocky islet close to the shore, which is home to colonies of Humboldt penguins, Peruvian pelicans, and Guanay cormorants.[6]


According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Algarrobo spans an area of 175.6 km2 (68 sq mi) and has 8,601 inhabitants (4,369 men and 4,232 women). Of these, 6,628 (77.1%) lived in urban areas and 1,973 (22.9%) lived in rural areas. The population grew by 44.1% (2,633 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.[2]


As a commune, Algarrobo 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 Jorge Luis Pizarro Romero. The council has the following members:[1]

  • Hipólito Aravena Escobar. (PDC)
  • Manuel Catalan Aranda. (PDC)
  • Javier Fuentes Torrealba (RN)
  • Luís Núñez Berríos. (RN)
  • Antonieta Sandoval Solís. (PDC)
  • José Yanez Maldonado (Ind.)

Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Algarrobo is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by María José Hoffmann (UDI) and Víctor Torres (PDC) as part of the 15th electoral district, (together with San Antonio, Santo Domingo, Cartagena, El Tabo, El Quisco and Casablanca). The commune is represented in the Senate by Francisco Chahuán Chahuán (RN) and Ricardo Lagos Weber (PPD) as part of the 6th senatorial constituency (Valparaíso-Coast).


  1. ^ a b "Municipality of Algarrobo" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 15 November 2010. Retrieved 17 November 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d "National Statistics Institute" (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 September 2010.
  3. ^ "Chile Time". Archived from the original on 13 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-28.
  4. ^ "Chile Summer Time". Archived from the original on September 11, 2007. Retrieved 2010-07-28.
  5. ^ Big Dipper, National Geographic Magazine, April 2010, Technology, page 30
  6. ^ BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Isla Pájaro Niño de Algarrobo. Retrieved 24 April 2023.

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