Ichilo River

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Ichilo River
ISS-46 Bolivia, confluence of Chimoré, Ichilo and Mamoré River.jpg
Confluence of the Ivirgarzama River and the Ichilo River, and of the Chimoré River and the Ichilo River to the Mamoré River (north is to the upper right corner of this ISS image)
Country Bolivia
Regions Cochabamba Department, Santa Cruz Department
Mouth Mamoré River
Length 390 km (242 mi) [1]

Ichilo River is a Bolivian river at the foot of the Eastern Andes-Cordillera in South America. It lends its name to the Ichilo Province, one of the 15 provinces of the Santa Cruz Department of Bolivia.


Ichilo River has its source in Manuel Maria Caballero Province in Santa Cruz Department at an elevation of 2,437 m at the foothills of the Racete range, where it is named Alto Ichilo (Upper Ichilo).

In its course, after joining San Matéo, it is called Ichilo, flowing in a northerly direction, where it forms the border between the Cochabamba Department and the Santa Cruz Department.

Flow Conditions[edit]

From its source to the mouth into the Amazon the river has a total length of 2,455 km. Ichilo itself has a length of 632 km and a catchment area of 15,660 km². It has its maximum depth is 18.6 m, right below Puerto Villarroel at km 100, its maximum width is 420 m at km 75. Ichilo is one of the Bolivian rivers with a high amount of water.


The most important tributaries of the Ichilo are the Bolivian Río Grande, Chapare, Piraí, Sacta, Víbora, Chimoré, Choré, Ibaresito, Ibabo and Useuta rivers.

Urban Areas[edit]

Ichilo River passes the metropolitan area of Santa Cruz in the west, the largest cities on the riverbanks is Puerto Villaroel.


  1. ^ Ziesler, R.; Ardizzone, G.D. (1979). "Amazon River System". The Inland waters of Latin America. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. ISBN 92-5-000780-9. Archived from the original on 8 November 2014.

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Coordinates: 17°49′S 64°13′W / 17.817°S 64.217°W / -17.817; -64.217