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Pic Copiapo Centro
The town
La Plaza (town square)
Streets of the centre
Centro Coimbra
Chapel of Candelaria

Streets of Copiapó
Calle O´Higgins / Calle Chañarcillo
Infante / Rodríguez
Atacama / Los Carreras

Pic escudo de Copiapo
General information

Hotels and accommodation

Pic Cartas de Copiapo
Maps of Copiapo
total centro (+ / ++)
Sector Regional Museum

Pic Letrero Copiapo
Festivities of Candelaria
Cultur in the square
Anniversary of Copiapó
Shop "El Botón"
Shop "El Herrerito"

Pic Historia de Tres Puntas
History and Chronology, Timeline of Copiapó

Copiapo Museos
Regional Museum
Mineralógical Museum
Ex-Museo del Ferrocarril

PIC FFCC de Copiapo
Railroads of Copiapó
Copiapo railway station
Copiapo railway station (Historic documents)
Burmeister: Pabellón - Copiapó
Steam locomotive La Copiapó
Line at Carreras
Old centre line (Carreras)

Pic Estadistica Lomas Bayas
Demographic development

Pic Copiapo - Hoy ayer
Copiapó today and yesterday ....
a comparison

Atacama street 1989 / 2005
O'Higgins street - Gana
O'Higgins street - Corona (2005 - 2010)
House at Atacama street (1997 / 2005)
La Alameda (1989 / 2004)
O´Higgins street near la Plaza
Carreras street 1922 y 2005
Carreras street with Maipú (1989/2005)
Pan-Americana near the Universidad
Chacabuco street to Atacama street
Los Carreras street / Bavaria (1990/2005)
Copiapó from Cerro La Cruz (1989 / 1997)

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Pic Textos historicos
Historical Records
Historical texts

Charles Darwin about Copiapó (1835)
Domeyko about Copiapó (1840)
Paul Treutler about Copiapó (1851)
Center of Copiapó (by Treutler (1851)
Education in Copiapó (Gilliss, 1852)
Philippi about Copiapó (1853)
Burmeister: Earthquake of Copiapó (1859/60)
Pérez Rosales about Copiapó (1859)
Tornero about Copiapó (1872)
Hugo Kunz about Copiapó (1890)
Enrique Espinoza - Copiapó (1903)
Ramírez, 1932

Pic imagen historico
Images of the past

Chañarcillo street, R. Tornero (1872)
Atacama Street, Bowman, 1913
Theatre of Copiapó (1913)
Plaza of Copiapó de R. Tornero (1872)
Overview at Copiapó, R. Tornero (1872)
Plaza of Copiapó, R.A. Philippi (1860)
Overview Copiapó, Paul Treutler 1854
Photo aerial  1937 La Chimba
Railroad station of Copiapó
Photo aerial, railroad station 1937
Mining school of Copiapo at 1934
Bodega lake  (1910)
Map of Copiapó (1892)
Map Copiapó 1920

Mining school of Copiapo
Salas históricas ("B")
Timeline of the mining school
Historical photo of Mining school
Pan-American Motorway near UDA

Vida Atacama

Places of interest
Information about Atacama

Atacama desert and Atacama Region, Chile

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Towns of Atacama
Introduce tourist sites
El Salvador
Diego de Almagro
Alto del Carmen
Tierra Amarilla

from  Copiapó km
Copiapó 0,0 km
Caldera 75 km
Chañaral 167 km
El Salvador 203 km
Vallenar 145 km
more . .

Tourist information
Travel instructions
Behavior in the desert
Specific terms
The Andes mountains
Atacama desert

Maricunga salt flat
The Andes mountains
Atacama desert

Ferrocarriles Atacama
Mining history of Atacama
Historia de Atacama
Flora Atacama
Fauna Atacama
Geología Atacama
Clima Atacama
Desierto de Atacama
Playas en Atacama
Cordillera de los Andes
Rutas de Atacama
Carretera Panamericana
Aeródromos en Atacama

Related pages
Roads of Atacama
Distances between ....
Road maps
Mining history of Atacama

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Copiapó is the capital of the Atacama Region, located in the north of Chile. With 162,000 inhabitants, the city is located about 70 kilometers inland in the fertile Copiapo Valley and is also the heart of an important mining center in South America: copper, silver, gold and iron are the most important raw materials mined here.

The history of Copiapo goes back to pre-Spanish times, the Copiapo Valley was inhabited by pre-Spanish cultures for a long time. Around 1832, large silver deposits were discovered and developed; around 1870, Copiapó was one of the largest silver producers in South America. At the same time as copper and gold mining, a considerable wealth moved into the small desert town. The rapid industrial development was also reflected in technical progress: the first railway from Caldera to Copiapó, deep-sea cables, mining school, street lighting and a variety of innovations quickly reached Copiapo. Around 1900 the silver mining industry was extinguished, and copper mining was also severely reduced. Only in the fifties the copper industry recovered and to this day it is one of the main sources of the region and the country.
Today Copiapó is a small town, you can still see its rich history, but there is still an atmosphere of the fifties in some streets.

Copiapó offers accommodation for every budget: from cheap residences to exclusive hotels. Restaurants of all price ranges can also be found everywhere. Museums, cafés, the Plaza and many other places invite you to visit. Copiapó can also be chosen as the starting point for many Andean tours.

So why Copiapó?  I'm going to say . . .
Copiapó has always been a city where people produce silver, copper, gold and grapes. Copiapó may not be beautiful - but it is certainly interesting, Copiapó is authentic. The streets of the city grew with the mining industry. Unfortunately, the economic development in the mining industry is never straightforward - this can be seen very clearly in the inner city area of Copiapó. Houses of the noblest kind built perhaps 150 years ago are now facing decay - if they are not restored for reasons of monument protection.
In Copiapó, we can look back on an era which unfortunately can hardly be observed in other places. It is worthwhile to hike the side streets in the inner city area with your eyes wide open and to explore the different phases of urban development. The once glamorous buildings of the rich citizens of the "Tres Puntas" or "Chañarcillo" period (1840-1890). The buildings in Art Nouveau and Bauhaus style from 1920 to 1950, as well as the architectural building sins from the 1960s  and 1970s, which are also part of the development.

Informative Chart
● Place: Copiapó
● The capital of the Atacama Region
● UTM Location: E368.240 / N69.72.260
● Altitude: 390 m
● Distance: 806 km north of Santiago
● Population: 162,000 (2012)

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