Cornelio Saavedra Province

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Cornelio Saavedra
Flag of Cornelio Saavedra
Official seal of Cornelio Saavedra
Location of the Cornelio Saavedra Province within Bolivia
Location of the Cornelio Saavedra Province within Bolivia
Provinces of the Potosí Department
Provinces of the Potosí Department
Coordinates: 19°21′S 65°13′W / 19.350°S 65.217°W / -19.350; -65.217
Country Flag of Bolivia.svg Bolivia
Department Potosí Department
Municipalities 3
Cantons 18
Capital Betanzos
 • Total 1,217 sq mi (3,153 km2)
Population (2001)
 • Total 58,706
 • Density 48/sq mi (18.6/km2)
 • Ethnicities Quechua
Area code(s) BO.PO.CS

Cornelio Saavedra is a province in the north-eastern parts of the Bolivian Potosí Department. The capital of the province is Betanzos with 4,168 inhabitants in the year 2001.[1]

The province is named after the president of the Argentine First Junta, Cornelio Saavedra, who was born in Otuyo, Betanzos Municipality.


Cornelio Saavedra province is one of sixteen provinces in the Potosí Department. It is located between 18° 57' and 19° 44' South and between 64° 48' and 65° 39' West. It borders Chuquisaca Department in the northeast, Chayanta Province in the north, Tomás Frías Province in the west, and José María Linares Province in the south and southeast. The province extends over 95 km from east to west and 105 km from north to south.


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

Section Municipality Seat
1st Betanzos Municipality Betanzos
2nd Chaquí Municipality Chaquí
3rd Tacobamba Municipality Tacobamba


The main language of the province is Quechua, spoken by 78%, while 47% of the population speaks Spanish. The population increased from 52,659 inhabitants (1992 census) to 58,706 (2001 census), an increase of 11.5%.

80% of the population have no access to electricity, 94% have no sanitary facilities. 69% of the population are employed in agriculture, 1% in mining, 10% in industry, 20% in general services. 89% of the population are Catholics, 8% Protestants.

The people are predominantly indigenous citizens of Quechua descent.[2]

Ethnic group Betanzos Municipality (%) Chaquí Municipality (%) Tacobamba Municipality (%)
Quechua 94.9 96.7 96.9
Aymara 0.1 0.2 0.2
Guaraní, Chiquitos, Moxos 0.1 0.0 0.1
Not indigenous 4.9 2.8 2.8
Other indigenous groups 0.0 0.2 0.0


The rivers Pillku Mayu and Ch'aki Mayu flow through the province.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ National Institute of Statistics of Bolivia
  2. ^ (inactive)

Coordinates: 19°21′S 65°13′W / 19.350°S 65.217°W / -19.350; -65.217