La Paz Department (Bolivia)

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Department of La Paz
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Location of La Paz Department within Bolivia
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Provinces of the La Paz Department
CountryFlag of Bolivia.svg  Bolivia
Capital Nuestra Señora de La Paz
   Governor Félix Patzi Paco
  Total133,985 km2 (51,732 sq mi)
  Density20/km2 (52/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-4 (BOT)
HDI (2017)0.693 [1]
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The La Paz Department of Bolivia comprises 133,985 square kilometres (51,732 sq mi) with a 2012 census population of 2,706,359 inhabitants. It is situated at the western border of Bolivia, sharing Lake Titicaca with adjacent Peru. It contains the Cordillera Real , which reaches altitudes of 6.6 kilometers (4.1 mi). Northeast of the Cordillera Real are the Yungas , the steep eastern slopes of the Andes Mountains that make the transition to the Amazon River basin to the northeast. The capital of the department is the city of La Paz and is the administrative city and seat of government/national capital of Bolivia.



The Department of La Paz is divided into 20 provinces (provincias) which are further subdivided into 85 municipalities [2] (municipios) and - on the fourth level - into cantons.

The provinces with their capitals are:

ProvinceArea km2Population (2012 census)Capital
Abel Iturralde 42,81518,073 Ixiamas
Aroma 4,51097,364 Sica Sica
Bautista Saavedra 2,52516,308 Charazani
Caranavi 3,40059,365 Caranavi
Eliodoro Camacho 2,08053,747 Puerto Acosta
Franz Tamayo 15,90026,997 Apolo
Gualberto Villarroel 1,93517,782 San Pedro de Curahuara de Carangas
Ingavi 5,410134,535 Viacha
Inquisivi 6,43066,346 Inquisivi
José Manuel Pando 1,9767,381 Santiago de Machaca
José Ramón Loayza 3,37047,295 Luribay
Larecaja 8,11086,481 Sorata
Los Andes 1,65877,579 Pucarani
Manco Kapac 36727,154 Copacabana
Muñecas 4,96529,694 Chuma
Nor Yungas 1,72036,983 Coroico
Omasuyos 2,06584,484 Achacachi
Pacajes 10,58455,180 Coro Coro
Pedro Domingo Murillo 4,7051,663,099 Palca
Sud Yungas 5,770105,013 Chulumani
Total:133,985 km22,706,359
Note: More than 3,770 km2 of Lake Titicaca


The chief executive office of Bolivia's departments (since May 2010) is the Governor; before then, the office was called the Prefect, and until 2006 the prefect was appointed by the President of Bolivia and then the governor is elected by the voters. The current governor, Félix Patzi Paco, was elected on 29 March 2015 and took office on 31 May.

Under the 2009 Constitution, Bolivian departments have an elected legislature, known as the Departmental Legislative Assembly. The La Paz Assembly has 45 members including five indigenous / natives minority representatives.

The most recent governor election results (2015) are as follows: [3]

Félix Patzi Paco Sovereignty and Freedom673,24450.09
Felipa Huanca Llupanqui Movement for Socialism 412,38530.68
Elizabeth Reyes Limpias National Unity Front 108 5098.07
Felipe Quispe Huanca Movement for Sovereignty 63 9414.76
David Vargas FloresFront for Victory52 5273.91
Julio Tito CondoriPatriotic Social Alliance18 5131.38
Hugo Sandoval Costas Revolutionary Nationalist Movement 14 8661.11
Valid votes1,343,985100%
Blank votes96,363
Null votes64,329
Total votes1,504,677
Abstention 195,539
Registered voters1,700,216
Source: Atlas of the Plurinational Electoral Body of Bolivia

Past executives

Date BeganDate EndedPrefect/GovernorPartyNotes
23 Jan 200610 Aug 2008José Luís Paredes Muñoz Social and Democratic Power First elected prefect. Elected in Bolivian general election, December 2005, and removed by the 2008 recall election.
12 Aug 200829 Aug 2008Alejandro Zapata (acting, de facto)
29 Aug 200830 May 2010Pablo Ramos Sánchez (acting)MAS-IPSPFinal prefect
30 May 201031 May 2015César Hugo Cocarico YanaMAS-IPSPElected in regional election on 4 April; first elected with the renamed title of governor


The languages spoken in the department are mainly Spanish, Aymara, Quechua and Guaraní. The following table shows the number of people belonging to the recognized group of speakers. [4]

Quechua 158,2602,281,198
Aymara 1,181,5931,525,321
Guaraní 1,52662,575
Another native4,44649,432
Spanish 1,973,7086,821,626
Only native257,242960,491
Native and Spanish1,027,9992,739,407
Spanish and foreign946,6504,115,751

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  4. Archived 2009-02-18 at the Wayback Machine (Spanish)

Coordinates: 15°00′S68°20′W / 15.000°S 68.333°W / -15.000; -68.333