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City and Commune
Coat of arms
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Coordinates: 30°36′S 71°12′W / 30.600°S 71.200°W / -30.600; -71.200
CountryOvalle Chile
RegionOvalle Coquimbo
 • TypeMunicipality
 • AlcaldeJonathan Acuña Rojas
 • Total3,834.5 km2 (1,480.5 sq mi)
215 m (705 ft)
 (2012 Census)[2]
 • Total103,734
 • Density27/km2 (70/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Rural
 • Men47,805
 • Women50,284
Time zoneUTC−4 (CLT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−3 (CLST)
Postal code
Area code56 + 53
WebsiteOfficial website (in Spanish)

Ovalle is a city in the Coquimbo Region of Chile,[3] founded in 1831 as a settlement. It has a population of more than 113,000 people. The name Ovalle was chosen to honor to Chile's vice-president, José Tomás Ovalle. Ovalle is the capital of the Limarí Province.

The city's setting is often likened to an oasis, being lush and green although surrounded by barren hills.[citation needed]

There is a trail leading from the city that lasts roughly 50 minutes, and features relatively safe bathing and an area where dinosaur fossils can be found. On the trail is a life-sized model of a brachiosaurus.

The town's football club is Deportes Ovalle. Famous players have played for the club, including 1982 FIFA World Cup player Rodolfo Dubó.

  1. ^ "Municipality of Ovalle" (in Spanish). Retrieved 28 July 2010.
  2. ^ a b c "National Statistics Institute" (in Spanish). Retrieved 4 November 2010.
  3. ^ "Tourism in Ovalle 2021: Summer in Ovalle".

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