Poopó Province

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Poopó
Lago Poopo con flamencos.jpg
Poopó Lake with flamingos
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Location of Poopó Province in Bolivia
Coordinates: 18°43′S66°37′W / 18.717°S 66.617°W / -18.717; -66.617 Coordinates: 18°43′S66°37′W / 18.717°S 66.617°W / -18.717; -66.617
Country Bolivia
Department Oruro
Capital Poopó
Area
  Total2,034 km2 (785 sq mi)
Population
 (2001)
  Total14,984
  Density7.4/km2 (19/sq mi)
  Ethnicities
Quechua
Languages spoken
   Spanish 86%
   Quechua 78%
   Aymara 22%
Sectors
Time zone UTC-4 (BOT)

Poopó is a province in the eastern parts of the Bolivian department of Oruro. Its seat is Poopó.

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Location

Poopó province is one of the sixteen provinces in the Oruro Department. It is located between 18° 15' and 18° 50' South and between 66° 19' and 66° 54' West.

The province borders Pantaléon Dalence Province in the northeast, Cercado Province in the northwest, Saucarí Province in the west, Sud Carangas Province in the southwest, Eduardo Avaroa Province in the south, and Potosí Department in the east.

The province extends over 70 km (43.5 mi) from north to south, and 70 km (43.5 mi) from east to west.

Geography

The province lies east of the Desaguadero River and Poopó Lake.

Some of the highest mountains of the province are listed below: [1] [2]

  • Chachakumani
  • Chuqi Nasa
  • Chuwallani
  • Ch'alla Wintu
  • Ch'ankha
  • Ch'api Ch'api
  • Kisuri
  • Kuntur Ikiña
  • Llallawani
  • Pä Qullu
  • Puka Kancha
  • Pukara
  • Qachi Qachi
  • Qala Pirqata
  • Quri Mina
  • Tani Tani
  • Tanka Qullu
  • Taypi Qullu

Population

The main language of the province is Spanish, spoken by 86%. In addition to Spanish, 78% of the population speak Quechua and 22% Aymara (1992).

The population decreased from 17,437 inhabitants (1992 census) to 14,984 (2001 census), a decrease of 5.2%. - 45.2% of the population are younger than 15 years old (1992).

44% of the population have no access to electricity, 89% have no sanitary facilities (1992).

61% of the population are employed in agriculture, 12% in mining, 5% in industry, 22% in general services (2001).

86% of the population are Catholics, 12% are Protestants (1992).

Division

The province comprises three municipalities which are further subdivided into cantons.

SectionMunicipalitySeat
1st Poopó Municipality Poopó
2nd Pazña Municipality Pazña
3rd Antequera Municipality Antequera

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References

  1. "Poopó" . Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  2. BIGM map 1:50,000 Huanuni 6239-III