Huara is a Chilean town and commune in Tamarugal Province, Tarapacá Region. It is located 45 km (28 mi) or (75 km (47 mi) by road) northeast of Iquique. The village is crossed by the Pan-American Highway and is the crossing point for the road that goes to Oruro in Bolivia. This road also serves as access to the Atacama Giant site and the Volcán Isluga National Park.
|• Type||Municipal council|
|• Total||10,474.6 km2 (4,044.3 sq mi)|
|• Density||0.20/km2 (0.53/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-4 (CLT )|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-3 (CLST )|
|Area code(s)||(+56) 5|
Huara was badly damaged during an earthquake in 2005.
According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute Huara had 2,599 inhabitants (1,499 men and 1,100 women), making it an entirely rural area. The population grew by 1.8% (627 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.
Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Huara is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by Mrs. Marta Isasi (Ind.) and Mr. Hugo Gutiérrez (PC) as part of the 2nd electoral district, which includes the entire Tarapacá Region. The commune is represented in the Senate by Fulvio Rossi Ciocca (PS) and Jaime Orpis Bouchon (UDI) as part of the 1st senatorial constituency (Arica and Parinacota Region and Tarapacá Region).
- Claudio Aguirre Munizaga y Alberto Díaz Araya, El espejismo de los lugares. La construcción del espacio en el desierto tarapaqueño. Huara, siglos XIX-XX, Revista de geografía Norte Grande versión On-line ISSN 0718-3402