Litoral Province (Bolivia)

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Dawn in Sikiri, Litoral Province
Dawn in Sikiri, Litoral Province
Location of Litoral Province in Bolivia
Location of Litoral Province in Bolivia
Coordinates: 18°48′S 67°47′W / 18.800°S 67.783°W / -18.800; -67.783Coordinates: 18°48′S 67°47′W / 18.800°S 67.783°W / -18.800; -67.783
Country Bolivia
Department Oruro
Capital Huachacalla
 • Total 2,379 km2 (919 sq mi)
Population (2001)
 • Total 4,555
 • Density 1.9/km2 (5/sq mi)
 • Ethnicities Aymara
Languages spoken
 • Spanish 89.8%
 • Aymara 76.0%
 • Quechua 13.7%
Time zone BOT (UTC-4)

Litoral (or Litoral de Atacama) is a province in the southwestern parts of the Bolivian Oruro Department. Its seat is Huachacalla.


Litoral Province is one of sixteen provinces in the Oruro Department. It is located between 18° 32' and 19° 04' South and between 67° 29' and 68° 06' West.

The province borders Sajama Province in the north, Sabaya Province in the west and south, Sud Carangas Province in the southeast, and Carangas Province in the northeast.

The province extends over 65 km from north to south, and 55 km from east to west.


The main language of the province is Spanish, spoken by 89.8%, while 76.0% of the population speak Aymara and 13.7% Quechua.

The population increased from 2,087 inhabitants (1992 census) to 4,555 (2001 census), an increase of more than 100%. - 34.5% of the population are younger than 15 years old.

94.5% of the population have no access to electricity, 90.5% have no sanitary facilities.

78.0% of the population are employed in agriculture, 3.1% in industry, 18.9% in general services (2001).

77.6% of the population are Catholics, 16.3% are Protestants (1992).


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

Municipalities of Litoral Province
Section Municipality Seat
1st Huachacalla Municipality Huachacalla
2nd Escara Municipality Escara
3rd Cruz de Machacamarca Municipality Cruz de Machacamarca
4th Yunguyo del Litoral Municipality Yunguyo del Litoral
5th Esmeralda Municipality Esmeralda

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