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La Tirana

Coordinates: 20°21′S 69°40′W / 20.350°S 69.667°W / -20.350; -69.667
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La Tirana
Church of La Tirana
Church of La Tirana
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
La Tirana
Location in Chile
Coordinates (city): 20°21′S 69°40′W / 20.350°S 69.667°W / -20.350; -69.667
Country Chile
Region Tarapacá
CommunePozo Almonte
 • TypeMunicipal council
 (2017 Census)[1]
 • Total837
Time zoneUTC−4 (CLT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−3 (CLST)

La Tirana is a Chilean town in the commune of Pozo Almonte in El Tamarugal Province, Tarapacá Region. The town lies in an oasis in the middle of the Pampa del Tamarugal, about 72 km inland from the port of Iquique.

The town is notable for its religious feast in honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. It is celebrated on July 16 of each year, being the most important religious feast of the Norte Grande.[2]

The area around La Tirana was deforested in the 19th century largely as a result of high demand for firewood driven by the paradas method used to process saltpeter.[3]


  1. ^ a b "National Statistics Institute" (in Spanish). Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Pueblo de La Tirana | Consejo de Monumentos Nacionales de Chile". Consejo de Monumentos Nacionales de Chile (in Spanish). Retrieved 2024-04-23.
  3. ^ Castro Castro, Luis (2020-07-01). "El bosque de la Pampa del Tamarugal y la industria salitrera: El problema de la deforestación, los proyectos para su manejo sustentable y el debate político (Tarapacá, Peru-Chile 1829-1941)" [The Forest of Pampa del Tamarugal and the Saltpeter Industry: The Deforestation Problem, the Projects for their Sustainable Management and the Political Debate (Tarapacá, Perú-Chile 1829-1941)]. Scripta Nova (in Spanish). XXIV (641). Universitat de Barcelona.