Nor Chichas Province

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Nor Chichas
Flag of Nor Chichas
Official seal of Nor Chichas
Location of the Nor Chichas Province within Bolivia
Location of the Nor Chichas Province within Bolivia
Provinces of the Potosí Department
Provinces of the Potosí Department
Coordinates: 20°34′0″S 65°45′0″W / 20.56667°S 65.75000°W / -20.56667; -65.75000
Country Flag of Bolivia.svg Bolivia
Department Potosí Department
Capital Cotagaita
 • Total 3,168 sq mi (8,205 km2)
Population (2001)
 • Total 35,323
 • Density 11/sq mi (4.3/km2)
 • Ethnicities Quechua
Area code(s) BO.PO.NC
Ferberite on matrix with gemmy quartz, Tazna Mine, Atocha-Quechisla District, Nor Chichas Province.

Nor Chichas is a province in the Eastern parts of the Bolivian Potosí Department. Its seat is Cotagaita.


Nor Chichas province is one of sixteen provinces in the Potosí Department. It is located between 20° 01' and 21° 08' South and between 65° 13' and 66° 17' West. It borders José María Linares Province in the north, Antonio Quijarro Province in the west, Sud Chichas Province in the south, and Chuquisaca Department in the east. The province extends over 120 km from east to west and 140 km from north to south.


Some of the highest mountains of the province are listed below:[1][2][3][4]


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

Section Municipality Seat
1st Cotagaita Municipality Cotagaita
2nd Vitichi Municipality Vitichi


The main language of the province is Quechua, spoken by 99.5%, while 69% of the population speak Spanish. The population dropped from 38,250 inhabitants (1992 census) to 35,323 (2001 census), a decrease of 17%.

92% of the population have no access to electricity, 87% have no sanitary facilities. 73% of the population are employed in agriculture, 4.5% in mining, 4% in industry, 18.5% in general services. 79% of the population are Catholics, 17% Protestants. 55% of the population are female.

The people are predominantly indigenous citizens of Quechua descent.[5]

Ethnic group Cotagaita Municipality (%) Vitichi Municipality (%)
Quechua 89.2 90.4
Aymara 0.7 0.2
Guaraní, Chiquitos, Moxos 0.1 0.0
Not indigenous 9.4 9.3
Other indigenous groups 0.6 0.1


  1. ^ Bolivian IGM map 1:50,000 Comunidad Caiti 6431-III
  2. ^ Bolivian IGM map 1:50,000 Atocha 6331-II
  3. ^ "Cotagaita". INE, Bolivia. Retrieved March 2, 2016. 
  4. ^ Bolivian IGM map 1:50,000 Cotagaitilla 6431-IV
  5. ^ (inactive)

Coordinates: 20°34′S 65°45′W / 20.567°S 65.750°W / -20.567; -65.750