Vallenar, a city of around 48,000 people, is located 145 kilometers to the south of Copiapo, along the Pan-American Highway. Copiapo is the capital of the Third Region and 187 kilometers to the north of the city of la Serena, capital of the fourth Region of Chile. Both cities have airports in which national airlines have several daily flights, to and from Santiago, Chile´s capital city.(Lan Chile and Sky Airlines). Vallenar is located 40 kilometers to the east of the port of Huasco.
Inside the Region of Atacama the city of Vallenar has become a small mining town where several prestigious mining companies have their offices, for example to name a few; Mining Company of the Pacific (CMP) has a office in the city of Vallenar. Barrick, an International Canadian mining company has an office for its project of copper and gold called Pascua Lama in the city.
The city of Vallenar has, supermarkets, hotels, banks, mechanical workshops, pharmacies, hospitals and a different variety of stores to cover any type of needs.