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Aconcagua River
Mapa Río Aconcagua.png
Mouth Pacific Ocean
Basin countries Chile
Length 142 km (88 mi)[1]
Source elevation 1,430 m (4,690 ft)[1]
Basin area 7,340 km2 (2,830 sq mi)[1]
Aconcagua and Maipo rivers

The Aconcagua River is a river in Chile that rises from the conflux of two minor tributary rivers at 1,430 metres (4,690 ft) above sea level in the Andes, Juncal River from the east (which rise in the Nevado Juncal) and Blanco River from the south east. The Aconcagua river flows westward through a broad valley, the Valle del Aconcagua (Aconcagua's Valley), and enters the Pacific Ocean 20 kilometres (12 mi) north of Valparaíso.[2]

The river has a course of about 142 kilometres (88 mi), and its waters irrigate the most populous sections[2] of the Chilean provinces of San Felipe de Aconcagua and Los Andes, being the most important economic resource of those regions. During the course of the Aconcagua river, it receives contributions from many others rivers and swamps, reaching a mean flow of 39 cubic metres per second (1,400 cu ft/s).

The Aconcagua River valley was used as the route of the Transandine Railway on the Chilean side. The river flows alongside Chile Route 5 from Llaillay to La Calera. For much of their lengths, the two separate stretches of Chile Route 60 follow the course of the river.

Although it has the same name, the Aconcagua river does not rise in the slopes of the mount Aconcagua, which is entirely in Argentina about 20 kilometres (12 mi) from the beginning of the river, in Chilean territory.



  1. ^ a b c "Cuenca del Río Aconcagua". Diagnóstico y Clasificación de los Cursos y Cuerpos de Agua según Objetivos de Calidad. Dirección General de Aguas. 2004. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b  Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Aconcagua". Encyclopædia Britannica 1 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 151. 
  • Niemeyer, Hans; Cereceda, Pilar (1983), Geografía de Chile — Tomo VIII: Hidrografía, 1º edición, Santiago de Chile: Instituto Geográfico Militar.
  • Gobierno de Chile, Ministerio de Obras Públicas, Dirección General de Aguas (2004) Cuenca del Río Aconcagua, Diagnóstico y Clasificación de los Cursos y Cuerpos de Agua Según Objetivos de Calidad

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Coordinates: 32°54′54″S 71°30′30″W / 32.91500°S 71.50833°W / -32.91500; -71.50833

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Wed, 04 Dec 2013 18:45:32 -0800

It is not known where the name Aconcagua came from, but one theory is that it derived from Aconca Hue, an Arauca phrase that translates as "comes from the other side" — meaning the other side of the Aconcagua River. Another possibility is that it is ...
Tue, 14 Apr 2015 05:22:30 -0700

Another critical area is the basin of the Aconcagua River, where three of its sections suffer from water shortages. According to Reinaldo Ruiz, presidential delegate for water resources, overexploitation of the water resources in this sector has ...

The Santiago Times

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Tue, 25 Feb 2014 14:22:10 -0800

The expansion of Andina 244 — situated 34 miles northeast of Santiago in the Aconcagua river basin — was initially scheduled for 2014 thru 2020, though La Tercera reports that Codelco's board is considering breaking up construction into stages.
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Sun, 08 Jan 2012 19:10:48 -0800

Matta said for the last decade his organization has been searching for a solution to the province's lack of water and had participated in the Aconcagua project, which looked at creating a US$400 million dam from the Aconcagua River. However, he said in ...
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Wed, 14 Mar 2012 20:04:31 -0700

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Wed, 21 Jul 2010 22:27:56 -0700

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