Franz Tamayo Province

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Franz Tamayo Province
Chalalan Lake
Chalalan Lake
Location of Franz Tamayo Province within Bolivia
Location of Franz Tamayo Province within Bolivia
Provinces of the La Paz Department
Provinces of the La Paz Department
Coordinates: 16°0′0″S 67°5′0″W / 16.00000°S 67.08333°W / -16.00000; -67.08333
CountryFlag of Bolivia.svg Bolivia
DepartmentLa Paz Department
 • Total15,900 km2 (6,100 sq mi)
 (2012 census)
 • Total26,997
 • Density1.7/km2 (4.4/sq mi)
 • Ethnicities
Quechua, Aymara
Area code(s)BO.LP.FT
WebsiteOfficial website

Franz Tamayo is a province in the Bolivian department of La Paz. It lies in the western part of the nation, and includes the Ulla Ulla National Reserve - which today is part of the Apolobamba Integrated Management Natural Area - in the high Andean plain on the western border with Peru. Its capital is Apolo.

The province was founded with the name Caupollcán on January 23, 1826. On December 20, 1967 the name was changed in honor of the Bolivian intellectual, writer and politician Franz Tamayo (1878–1956).


The Apolobamba mountain range traverses the province. The highest mountain of the province is Chawpi Urqu (Wisk'achani) at 6,044 m (19,829 ft). Other mountains are listed below:[1][2]


Franz Tamayo Province is divided into two municipalities which are further subdivided into nine cantons.

Section Municipality Seat
1st Apolo Municipality Apolo
2nd Pelechuco Municipality Pelechuco

Places of interest[edit]

Some of the tourist attractions of the municipalities are:[3]

  • In Apolo Municipality:
    • San Juan de Asariamas dry forest in Apolo Canton. The dominant trees species are the Bilka (Anadenanthera macrocarpa), the Cuchi (Astronium urundeuva), and the Brazilian Soto (Schinopsis brasiliensis).
    • Machariapo River in Apolo Canton situated within Madidi National Park and Area of Integrated Management
    • the Inca bridge in Santa Teresa community and the Chiara Alto waterfall of 18 m height in Apolo Canton
    • the community of Pata, its old church and the Sillakunka tunnel in Pata Canton
    • the valley of the community of Virgen del Rosario, also named Tuichi, in Pata Canton at the shores of Tuichi River
    • the community of Santa Cruz del Valle Ameno, the Billipiza waterfall of 22 m height in Vaquería and the archaeological site near Inca Viewpoint in Santa Cruz del Valle Ameno Canton
    • Trinity festivity (Santísima Trinidad) in the community of Atén
    • the pre-Columbian trails
    • Turiapo River and its waterfall in the community of Pucasucho
    • Ayara waterfall of about 18 m height in the community of Munaypatac
  • In Pelechuco Municipality:

Other remarkable places are Pilón Lajas Biosphere Reserve and Communal Lands, Chalalan Lake and Chalalan ecolodge.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ IGM map 1:100,000 3041 Pelechuco
  2. ^ BIGM map 1:100,000 Umanata 3040
  3. ^ Archived May 9, 2011, at the Wayback Machine Tourist guide by the government of the department

Coordinates: 16°00′S 67°05′W / 16.000°S 67.083°W / -16.000; -67.083