Aysén Province

Aysén Province (Spanish: Provincia de Aysén) is one of four provinces of the Chilean region of Aysen (XI). Its capital is Puerto Aysén.

Aysén Province
Provincia de Aysén
Official seal of Aysén Province
Location in the Aysén del General Carlos Ibáñez del Campo Region
Location in the Aysén del General Carlos Ibáñez del Campo Region
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Aysén Province
Location in Chile
Coordinates: 44°55′S 73°35′W / 44.917°S 73.583°W / -44.917; -73.583Coordinates: 44°55′S 73°35′W / 44.917°S 73.583°W / -44.917; -73.583
CapitalPuerto Aysén
CommunesPuerto Aysén
 • TypeProvincial
 • GovernorManuel Ortiz Torres (UDI)
 • Total46,588.8 km2 (17,988.0 sq mi)
 (2012 Census)[2]
 • Total26,858
 • Density0.58/km2 (1.5/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Rural
Time zoneUTC-4 (CLT[3])
 • Summer (DST)UTC-3 (CLST[4])
Area code(s)country 56 + area 67
WebsiteGovernment of Aysén


The province had a 2002 population of 23,498 according to the census by the National Statistics Institute. Of these, 16,180 (68.9%) lived in urban areas and 13,451 (57.2%) in rural areas. Between the 1992 and 2002 censuses, the population fell by 20.7% ( persons). The census also yielded a surface area of 46,588.8 km2 (17,988 sq mi), the largest in the region and fifth largest province in the country, though it is the tenth least populated in the country.[2]


As a province, Palena is a second-level administrative division, administered by a presidentially appointed governor. Manuel Ortiz Torres was appointed by president Sebastián Piñera.[1]


The province comprises three communes, each governed by a municipality, headed by an alcalde: Aisén, Cisnes, and Guaitecas.

Commune Area (km2)[2] 2002[2]
Density (km2) Website[1]
Guaitecas 787.0 1,539 2.0 link
Cisnes 15,831.4 5,739 0.4 link
Aisén 29,970.4 22,353 0.7 link

Origin of nameEdit

The name Aysén is from the English sailor expression for the icy "end of the world". Many of the region's people are of British and German descent, although the majority of inhabitants are Chileans of mestizo Spanish origins. The province was recently developed in the early 20th century by Chilean government officials to place thousands of transplanted settlers from the Central Valley.


  1. ^ a b c "Asociacion Chilena de Municipalidades" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 19 April 2011. Retrieved 27 February 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Territorial division of Chile" (PDF) (in Spanish). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-11-14. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Chile Time". WorldTimeZones.org. Archived from the original on 13 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-29.
  4. ^ "Chile Summer Time". WorldTimeZones.org. Archived from the original on 2007-09-11. Retrieved 2010-07-29.

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