Petorca Province

Petorca Province (Spanish: Provincia de Petorca) is one of eight provinces of the central Chilean region of Valparaíso (V). Its capital is the city of La Ligua.

Petorca Province

Provincia de Petorca
Official seal of Petorca Province
Location in the Valparaíso Region
Location in the Valparaíso Region
Petorca Province is located in Chile
Petorca Province
Petorca Province
Location in Chile
Coordinates: 32°22′S 71°06′W / 32.367°S 71.100°W / -32.367; -71.100Coordinates: 32°22′S 71°06′W / 32.367°S 71.100°W / -32.367; -71.100
Country Chile
Region Valparaíso
CapitalLa Ligua
 • TypeProvincial
 • GovernorMaría Paz Santilices Cañas (UDI)
 • Total4,588.9 km2 (1,771.8 sq mi)
Area rank1
 (2012 Census)[1]
 • Total72,286
 • Rank7
 • Density16/km2 (41/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Rural
 • Men35,647
 • Women34,963
Time zoneUTC-4 (CLT [2])
 • Summer (DST)UTC-3 (CLST [3])
Area code(s)56 +
WebsiteGovernorate of Petorca


As a province, Petorca is a second-level administrative division, governed by a provincial governor who is appointed by the president.


The province comprises five communes (Spanish: comunas), each governed by a municipality consisting of an alcalde and municipal council:

Geography and demographyEdit

The province spans an area of 4,588.9 km2 (1,772 sq mi), the largest in the Valparaíso Region. According to the 2002 census, Petorca is the second least populous province in the region under Isla de Pascua (Easter Island) with a population of 70,610. At that time, there were 50,289 people living in urban areas, 20,321 people living in rural areas, 35,647 men and 34,963 women.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d (in Spanish) Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas
  2. ^ "Chile Time". Archived from the original on 2010-07-13. Retrieved 2010-07-28.
  3. ^ "Chile Summer Time". Archived from the original on 2007-09-11. Retrieved 2010-07-28.

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