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Ovalle is a city in the Coquimbo Region of Chile, founded in 1831as 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.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 club is Deportes Ovalle. Famous players have played for the club, including 1982 FIFA World Cup player Rodolfo Dubó.DemographicsAccording to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Ovalle spans an area of 3834.5sqkm and has 98,089 inhabitants (47,805 men and 50,284 women). Of these, 73,790 (75.2%) lived in urban areas and 24,299 (24.8%) in rural areas. The population grew by 15.4% (13,107 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.AdministrationAs a commune, Ovalle is a third-level administrative division of Chile administered by a municipal council, headed by an alcalde who is directly elected every four years. The 2012-2016 alcalde is Claudio Rentería Larrondo.Ovalle is in Coquimbo Region. Make Ovalle central to your Chile travel plans using our Chile visit planner .
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