Charcas Province

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Canyon of the Toro Toro National Park
Flag of Charcas
Official seal of Charcas
Location of the Charcas Province within Bolivia
Location of the Charcas Province within Bolivia
Provinces of the Potosí Department
Provinces of the Potosí Department
Coordinates: 18°16′S 65°50′W / 18.267°S 65.833°W / -18.267; -65.833
Country Flag of Bolivia.svg Bolivia
Department Potosí Department
Municipalities 2
Cantons 12
Capital San Pedro de Buena Vista
 • Total 1,306 sq mi (3,382 km2)
Population (2001)
 • Total 38,174
 • Density 29/sq mi (11.3/km2)
 • Ethnicities Quechua
Area code(s) BO.PO.CR

Charcas is a province in the northern parts of the Bolivian Potosí Department. Its capital is San Pedro de Buena Vista (955 inhabitants in 2001).[1]


Charcas province is one of sixteen provinces in the Potosí Department. It is located between 17° 57' und 18° 36' South and between 65° 21' und 66° 19' West. It borders Bernardino Bilbao Province in the north, Alonso de Ibáñez Province in the northwest, Rafael Bustillo Province in the southwest, Chayanta Province in the south, and Cochabamba Department in the east.

The province extends over 125 km from East to West and 100 km from north to south.


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

Section Municipality Seat
1st San Pedro de Buena Vista Municipality San Pedro de Buena Vista
2nd Toro Toro Municipality Toro Toro


The main language of the province is Quechua, spoken by 98%, while 34% of the population speak Spanish. The population increased from 31,233 inhabitants (1992 census) to 38,174 (2001 census), an increase of 22.3%. Capital of the province is San Pedro (955 inhabitants).

99.8% of the population have no access to electricity, 98.5% have no sanitary facilities. 72.0% of the population are employed in agriculture, 0.5% in mining, 12.2% in industry, 15.3% in general services. 93% of the population are Catholics, 6% Protestants.

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

Ethnic group San Pedro Municipality (%) Toro Toro Municipality (%)
Quechua 86.5 94.2
Aymara 6.0 1.5
Guaraní, Chiquitos, Moxos 0.0 0.0
Not indigenous 7.5 4.2
Other indigenous groups 0.0 0.0

See also[edit]


  1. ^ National Institute of Statistics of Bolivia Archived September 24, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ (inactive)

Coordinates: 18°16′S 65°50′W / 18.267°S 65.833°W / -18.267; -65.833