Abel Iturralde Province

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Abel Iturralde
Madre de Dios River
Location of Abel Iturralde Province within Bolivia
Location of Abel Iturralde Province within Bolivia
Provinces of the La Paz Department
Provinces of the La Paz Department
Coordinates: 13°10′0″S 68°0′0″W / 13.16667°S 68.00000°W / -13.16667; -68.00000
Country Flag of Bolivia.svg Bolivia
Department La Paz Department
Capital Ixiamas
 • Total 42,815 km2 (16,531 sq mi)
Population (2012 census)
 • Total 18,073
 • Density 0.42/km2 (1.1/sq mi)
 • Ethnicities Aymara, Quechua, Araona

Abel Iturralde is one of the twenty provinces of the Bolivian La Paz Department. It is situated in its northern part. Its name honors Abel Iturralde Palacios, a Bolivian politician. Madidi National Park is partially in this province.


Abel Iturralde province is located between 11° 48' and 14° 35' South and between 66° 55' and 69° 05' West. It extends over 300 km from North to South, and 200 km from east to west.

The province is situated on the northern edges of the Cordillera Central. It is bordered to the west by the Madre de Dios and Heath Rivers and to the east by the Río Beni. The province borders Pando Department in the north, Peru in the west, Franz Tamayo Province in the south, and Beni in the east.


The population of Abel Iturralde Province has increased by 100% over the recent two decades:

  • 1992: 8,226 inhabitants (census)
  • 2001: 11,828 inhabitants (census)
  • 2005: 14,060 inhabitants (est.)[1]
  • 2010: 16,397 inhabitants (est.)[2]

98.3% of the population speak Spanish, 12.1% speak Quechua, 6.7% Aymara, and 9.8% other indigenous languages. (2001)

The literacy rate of the province's population is 83.5%. (1992)

83.8% of the population have no access to electricity, 58.7% have no sanitary facilities. (1992)

87.0% of the population are Catholics, 10.6% are Protestants. (1992)


The province comprises two municipalities:


  1. ^ Instituto Nacional de Estadística
  2. ^ Instituto Nacional de Estadística - Proyecciones

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Coordinates: 13°10′S 68°00′W / 13.167°S 68.000°W / -13.167; -68.000