Larecaja Province

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Larecaja Province
Province
Laguna Glaciar
Location of Larecaja Province within Bolivia
Location of Larecaja Province within Bolivia
Bolivia Departamento La Paz.png
Coordinates: 15°50′0″S 68°10′0″W / 15.83333°S 68.16667°W / -15.83333; -68.16667
Country Flag of Bolivia.svg Bolivia
Department La Paz Department
Municipalities 8
Capital Sorata
Area
 • Total 8,110 km2 (3,130 sq mi)
Population (2012 census)
 • Total 86,481
 • Density 11/km2 (28/sq mi)
 • Ethnicities Aymara, Quechua
Website Official website

Larecaja is a province in the Bolivian La Paz Department. It was founded by Antonio José de Sucre on October 18, 1826. Its capital is Sorata.

Geography[edit]

The Cordillera Real traverses the province. Some of the highest peaks of the province are Illampu and Janq'u Uma. Other mountains are listed below:[1]

Parts of the Apolobamba Integrated Management Natural Area and the Pilón Lajas Biosphere Reserve and Communal Lands lie in the Larecaja Province.

Subdivision[edit]

Larecaja Province is divided into eight municipalities which are partly further subdivided into cantons.

Section Municipality Seat
1st Sorata Municipality Sorata
2nd Guanay Municipality Guanay
3rd Tacacoma Municipality Tacacoma
4th Quiabaya Municipality Quiabaya
5th Combaya Municipality Combaya
6th Tipuani Municipality Tipuani
7th Mapiri Municipality Mapiri
8th Teoponte Municipality Teoponte

Languages[edit]

The languages spoken in the Larecaja Province are mainly Aymara, Spanish and Quechua. The following table shows the number of those belonging to the recognised group of speakers.[2]

Language Sorata Municipality Guanay Municipality Tacacoma Municipality Quiabaya Municipality Combaya Municipality Tipuani Municipality Mapiri Municipality Teoponte Municipality
Quechua 363 1.653 1.058 33 20 1.587 3.649 756
Aymara 16.029 3.405 4.389 2.269 2.522 2.534 1.767 2.837
Guaraní 7 5 1 0 0 20 6 6
Another native 8 94 17 2 1 18 7 22
Spanish 11.223 10.064 4.321 1.391 1.214 8.594 8.567 6.211
Foreign 70 86 6 6 1 61 17 33
Only native 6.680 737 1.599 1.023 1.363 190 363 472
Native and Spanish 9.540 4.123 3.389 1.256 1.162 3.499 4.653 2.925
Only Spanish 1.690 5.942 933 135 52 5.097 3.915 3.290

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bolivian IGM maps 1:50,000 Milluni 5945-II , Peñas 5945-III and Sorata 5846-I
  2. ^ obd.descentralizacion.gov.bo (Spanish)
  3. ^ "The Highest Lake in the World". www.highestlake.com. Retrieved 2009-04-12. 

Coordinates: 15°50′S 68°10′W / 15.833°S 68.167°W / -15.833; -68.167