Copiapó is considered one of the most important mining cities in the North of Chile. It is an oasis where the Atacama desert flowers at certain times of the year. Get to know its history and runs through the driest desert in the world.

Copiapó is a commune and city of Chile, the capital of the homonymous province and of the Region of Atacama, with a mining tradition since its origins. It is known for being an oasis where the desert flourishes, and also for having in its valley the first export of grapes from the country, which brings great benefits to it. The commune has an area of 16,681.3 km2, and together with Antofagasta and Natales, it is one of the only three Chilean communes to cross the country completely from east to west. The city is located at an average of 391 meters above sea level. Together with Caldera and Tierra Amarilla, it forms the province of Copiapó. The commune borders to the North-East with the commune of Caldera, to the North with the communes of Chañaral and Diego de Almagro, to the South with Vallenar and Huasco, and to the West with the Pacific Ocean, and to the East with the Argentinian provinces of La Rioja and Catamarca.

Copiapó map