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Town and Commune
Beach of Zapallar
Beach of Zapallar
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Comuna de Zapallar.svg
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Coordinates: 32°33′13″S 71°27′32″W / 32.55361°S 71.45889°W / -32.55361; -71.45889Coordinates: 32°33′13″S 71°27′32″W / 32.55361°S 71.45889°W / -32.55361; -71.45889
Country  Chile
Region  Valparaíso
Province Petorca
 • Type Municipality
 • Alcalde Nicholas Cox Urrejola (RN)
 • Total 288.0 km2 (111.2 sq mi)
Elevation 50 m (160 ft)
Population (2012 Census)[2]
 • Total 5,933
 • Density 21/km2 (53/sq mi)
 • Urban 4,744
 • Rural 915
 • Men 2,914
 • Women 2,745
Time zone CLT [3] (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST [4] (UTC-3)
Area code(s) 56 + 33
Website Municipality of Zapallar

Zapallar is a Chilean town and commune located in the Petorca Province, Valparaíso Region. The commune spans an area of 288.0 km2 (111 sq mi).[2]

Zapallar is an exclusive seaside resort, popular among the Chilean elite. They have some of the most expensive residential properties.


According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Zapallar has 5,659 inhabitants (2,914 men and 2,745 women). Of these, 4,744 (83.8%) lived in urban areas and 915 (16.2%) in rural areas. The population grew by 24.3% (1,105 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.[2]


As a commune, Zapallar is a third-level administrative division of Chile administered by a communal council, headed by an alcalde who is directly elected every four years. The 2008-2012 alcalde is Nicholas Cox Urrejola. The communal council has the following members:[1]

  • Liliana Figueroa Arancibia (RN)
  • César Ramírez Navia (Independent/DC)
  • Fidel Rojas Guerra (PPD)
  • Sergio Urrejola Monckeberg (RN)
  • Alberto Valenzuela Núñez
  • Pablo Valdés Aldunate

Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Zapallar is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by Mr. Eduardo Cerda (PDC) and Mrs. Andrea Molina (UDI) as part of the 10th electoral district, (together with La Ligua, Petorca, Cabildo, Papudo, Puchuncaví, Quintero, Nogales, Calera, La Cruz, Quillota and Hijuelas). The commune is represented in the Senate by Ignacio Walker Prieto (PDC) and Lily Pérez San Martín (RN) as part of the 5th senatorial constituency (Valparaíso-Cordillera).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Municipality of Zapallar" (in Spanish). Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "National Statistics Institute" (in Spanish). Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Chile Time". Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  4. ^ "Chile Summer Time". Retrieved 2010-07-28. 

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