San Juan de la Costa

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San Juan de la Costa
Location of the San Juan de la Costa commune in Los Lagos Region
Location of the San Juan de la Costa commune in Los Lagos Region
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
San Juan de la Costa
Location in Chile
Coordinates: 40°31′S 73°24′W / 40.517°S 73.400°W / -40.517; -73.400Coordinates: 40°31′S 73°24′W / 40.517°S 73.400°W / -40.517; -73.400
Country Chile
Region Los Lagos
Province Osorno
Founded October 26, 1979
 • Type Municipality
 • Alcalde Bernardo Candia Henríquez (DC)
 • Total 1,517 km2 (586 sq mi)
Population (2002 Census)[2]
 • Total 8,831
 • Density 5.8/km2 (15/sq mi)
 • Urban 902
 • Rural 7,929
 • Men 4,814
 • Women 4,017
Time zone Chile Time (CLT)[3] (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) Chile Summer Time (CLST)[4] (UTC-3)
Area code(s) 56 +

San Juan de la Costa is a commune of Chile, located in the Osorno Province in the Los Lagos Region. The administration (municipalidad) is located at the hamlet of Puaucho, 34 km west of Osorno. San Juan de la Costa is known for its large population of indigenous Huilliches. This commune is characterized by a large coastline suitable for ecotourism, especially balnearios Pucatrihue and Maicolpue, the port of Bahía Mansa, and the ethnic tourism of the Huilliche culture.


According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, San Juan de la Costa spans an area of 1,517 km2 (586 sq mi) and has 8,831 inhabitants (4,814 men and 4,017 women). Of these, 902 (10.2%) lived in urban areas and 7,929 (89.8%) in rural areas. The population fell by 9.7% (947 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.[2]


As a commune, San Juan de la Costa 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 Javier Oyarzo Ruiz (RN).[1]

Within the electoral divisions of Chile, San Juan de la Costa is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by Javier Hernández (UDI) and Sergio Ojeda (PDC) as part of the 55th electoral district, (together with Osorno and San Pablo). The commune is represented in the Senate by Camilo Escalona Medina (PS) and Carlos Kuschel Silva (RN) as part of the 17th senatorial constituency (17).


  1. ^ a b "Municipality of San Juan de la Costa" (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 January 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d "National Statistics Institute" (in Spanish). Retrieved 16 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Chile Time". World Time Zones .org. Retrieved 2007-05-05. 
  4. ^ "Chile Summer Time". World Time Zones. Retrieved 2007-05-05. 

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