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Cotoca Municipality within Andrés Ibáñez
Cotoca Municipality within Andrés Ibáñez
Cotoca is located in Bolivia
Cotoca Municipality within Andrés Ibáñez
Coordinates: 17°45′13″S 62°59′48″W / 17.75361°S 62.99667°W / -17.75361; -62.99667
Country  Bolivia
Department Flag of Santa Cruz.svg Santa Cruz Department
Province Andrés Ibáñez Province
Municipality Cotoca
 • Total 8.35 km2 (3.22 sq mi)
Elevation 363 m (1,191 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 26,305
 • Density 3,200/km2 (8,200/sq mi)
Time zone BST (UTC-4)
Climate Aw

Cotoca is a canton and Municipality of Andrés Ibáñez Province in Santa Cruz Department, Bolivia. The municipality consists of two cantons - Cotoco itself and Puerto Pailas. In 2010 it had an estimated population of 23,951 for the canton and 56,451 for the municipality. [1]

In 1799, the Catholic Church authorised the building of a shrine to the Virgen de Cotoca, an image of Mary (mother of Jesus) that was seen in the town. The Virgin is now the patron saint of the entire province of Santa Cruz and her feast from 8 to 15 December draws thousands of Bolivians. [2]

The population increased tenfold in the last forty years:

Year Canton Municipality
1976 2,107[3]
1992 9,229[4] 21,252 [5]
2001 15,181[6] 36,425[7]
2009 23 951[8] 56,451[9]


In the Bolivian regional election, 2010, Cotoca placed the Verdes (Bolivia) party of Governor Rubén Costas first, although by less than the overall result for the province: [10]

Party Votes  %  % across Department
Verdes (Bolivia) 5,623 34.0% 50.6%
MAS 3,533 21.4% 36.3%
Tiluchi 3149 19.1% n/a
SOL 3067 18.6% n/a
ASIP 703 4.3% n/a
Broad Front (MNR & Autonomia) 453 2.7% 4,3%