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Town and Commune
Old house (casona) in Marchigüe.
Old house (casona) in Marchigüe.
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Map of Marchigüe commune in O'Higgins Region
Map of Marchigüe commune in O'Higgins Region
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Coordinates (city): 34°23′49″S 71°37′10″W / 34.39694°S 71.61944°W / -34.39694; -71.61944Coordinates: 34°23′49″S 71°37′10″W / 34.39694°S 71.61944°W / -34.39694; -71.61944
Country Chile Chile
Region O'Higgins Region O'Higgins
Province Cardenal Caro Province Cardenal Caro
 • Type Municipality
 • Alcalde Héctor Hernán Flores Peñaloza
 • Total 659.9 km2 (254.8 sq mi)
Elevation 124 m (407 ft)
Population (2012 Census)[2]
 • Total 6,855
 • Density 10/km2 (27/sq mi)
 • Urban 2,208
 • Rural 4,696
 • Men 3,549
 • Women 3,355
Time zone CLT [3] (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST [4] (UTC-3)
Area code(s) (+56) 72
Website Municipality of Marchigüe

Marchigüe (Spanish pronunciation: [marˈtʃiɣwe]), sometimes spelled Marchihue ([marˈtʃiwe]), is a Chilean town and commune in the Cardenal Caro Province of Chile's sixth region of O'Higgins.


According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Marchigüe spans an area of 659.9 km2 (255 sq mi) and has 6,904 inhabitants (3,549 men and 3,355 women). Of these, 2,208 (32%) lived in urban areas and 4,696 (68%) in rural areas. The population grew by 11.2% (695 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.[2]


Wind wheels in Marchigüe

As a commune, Marchigüe 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 Héctor Hernán Flores Peñaloza.[1]

Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Marchigüe is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by Mr. Ramón Barros (UDI) and Mr. Juan Carlos Latorre (PDC) as part of the 35th electoral district, (together with Placilla, Nancagua, Chépica, Santa Cruz, Lolol, Pumanque, Palmilla, Peralillo, Navidad, Litueche, La Estrella, Pichilemu and Paredones). The commune is represented in the Senate by Alejandro García Huidobro (UDI) and Juan Pablo Letelier Morel (PS) as part of the 9th senatorial constituency (O'Higgins Region).


  1. ^ a b "Municipality of Marchigüe" (in Spanish). Retrieved 5 September 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d "National Statistics Institute" (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Chile Time". Archived from the original on 2007-09-11. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  4. ^ "Chile Summer Time". Archived from the original on 2007-09-11. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 

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