Antonio Quijarro Province

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Antonio Quijarro
Salt production on the Salar de Uyuni
Salt production on the Salar de Uyuni
Flag of Antonio Quijarro
Official seal of Antonio Quijarro
Location of the Antonio Quijarro Province within Bolivia
Location of the Antonio Quijarro Province within Bolivia
Provinces of the Potosí Department
Provinces of the Potosí Department
Coordinates: 20°10′0″S 66°30′0″W / 20.16667°S 66.50000°W / -20.16667; -66.50000
Country Flag of Bolivia.svg Bolivia
Department Potosí Department
Capital Uyuni
 • Total 6,737 sq mi (17,449 km2)
Population (2001)
 • Total 37,428
 • Density 5/sq mi (2.1/km2)
 • Ethnicities Quechua, Aymara
Area code(s) BO.PO.AQ
Route 5 between Potosí and Uyuni in Tomave Municipality

Antonio Quijarro is a province in the central parts of the Bolivian Potosí Department situated at the Salar de Uyuni. Its seat is Uyuni.


Antonio Quijarro province is one of sixteen provinces in the Potosí Department. It is located between 19° 21' and 20° 59' South and between 65° 46' and 67° 15' West.

It borders Oruro Department in the north, Nor Lípez Province in the west, Sud Chichas Province in the southeast, Nor Chichas Province and José María Linares Province in the east, and Tomás Frías Province in the northeast.

The province extends over 180 km from east to west and 225 km from north to south.


The province lies at the Uyuni salt flat.

Some of the highest mountains of the province are listed below:[1][2][3]


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

Section Municipality Seat
1st Uyuni Municipality Uyuni
2nd Tomave Municipality Tomave
3rd Porco Municipality Porco


The main language of the province is Spanish, spoken by 87%, while 74% of the population speak Quechua. The population increased from 37,384 inhabitants (1992 census) to 37,428 (2001 census), an increase of only 0.1%. Capital of the province is Uyuni (10,191 inhabitants).

53% of the population have no access to electricity, 85% have no sanitary facilities. 50% of the population are employed in agriculture, 8% in mining, 5% in industry, 37% in general services. 86% of the population are Catholics, 11% Protestants.

The people are predominantly indigenous citizens of Quechua and Aymara descent.[4]

Ethnic group Uyuni Municipality (%) Tomave Municipality (%) Porco Municipality (%)
Quechua 52.9 93.1 90.1
Aymara 24.2 3.2 1.9
Guaraní, Chiquitos, Moxos 0.2 0.1 0.1
Not indigenous 22.6 3.5 7.7
Other indigenous groups 0.2 0.2 0.1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Uyuni". Archived from the original on December 14, 2015. Retrieved October 16, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Tomave". Archived from the original on January 1, 2014. Retrieved October 16, 2015. 
  3. ^ BIGM map 1:50,000 6335-III Cerro Keucha
  4. ^ (inactive)

Coordinates: 20°10′S 66°30′W / 20.167°S 66.500°W / -20.167; -66.500