Nor Lípez Province

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Nor Lípez
James's flamingos at Cañapa Lake, Colcha "K" Municipality
James's flamingos at Cañapa Lake, Colcha "K" Municipality
Flag of Nor Lípez
Official seal of Nor Lípez
Location of the Nor Lípez Province within Bolivia
Location of the Nor Lípez Province within Bolivia
Provinces of the Potosí Department
Provinces of the Potosí Department
Coordinates: 21°14′0″S 67°27′0″W / 21.23333°S 67.45000°W / -21.23333; -67.45000
Country Flag of Bolivia.svg Bolivia
Department Potosí Department
Capital Colcha "K"
 • Total 10,883 sq mi (28,187 km2)
Population (2001)
 • Total 10,460
 • Density 1/sq mi (0.4/km2)
 • Ethnicities Quechua

Nor Lípez is a province in the Bolivian department of Potosí. Its seat is Colcha "K", also called Villa Martín. The majority of the area of the province was titled as the Nor Lípez Native Community Land on 19 April 2011. One of the largest mines of Bolivia, the San Cristóbal Mine, is located near San Cristóbal in Colcha "K" municipality.


Some of the highest mountains of the province are listed below:[1][2][3][4][5][6]


The province is one of sixteen provinces in the Potosí Department. It is located between 20° 27' and 22° 01' South and between 66° 18' und 68° 35' West.

It is bordered by the Daniel Campos Province to the north, the Republic of Chile to the west, the Enrique Baldivieso Province and Sur Lípez Province to the south, Sud Chichas Province to the east, and the Antonio Quijarro Province to the northeast.

The province extends over 270 km from east to west and 210 km from north to south.


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

Section Municipality Inhabitants 2001 [7] Seat Inhabitants 2001
1st Colcha "K" Municipality 9,645 Colcha "K" or Villa Martín 853
2nd San Pedro de Quemes Municipality 815 San Pedro de Quemes 508


The population increased from 8,320 (1992 census) to 10,460 inhabitants (2001 census), an increase of 25,7%.

About 96% of the population have no access to electricity, 93% have no sanitary facilities. 61% of the population are employed in agriculture, 9% in mining, 2% in industry, 28% in general services. 90% of the population are Catholics, 6% are Protestants.

The people are predominantly indigenous citizens of Quechuan descent.[8]

Ethnic group Colcha „K“ Municipality (%) San Pedro de Quemes Municipality (%)
Quechua 88.3 45.0
Aymara 5.6 6.3
Guaraní, Chiquitos, Moxos 0.1 0.2
Not indigenous 6.0 48.3
Other indigenous groups 0.1 0.2


The languages spoken in the province are mainly Spanish and Quechua.

Language Colcha „K“ Municipality San Pedro de Quemes Municipality
Quechua 7,256 187
Aymara 333 67
Guaraní 1 0
Another native 2 0
Spanish 7,932 721
Foreign 28 3
Only native 878 1
Native and Spanish 6.616 222
Only Spanish 1.319 499


Places of interest[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Colcha "K"". Retrieved October 16, 2015. 
  2. ^ "San Pedro de Quemes". Retrieved October 16, 2015. 
  3. ^ Bolivian IGM map 1:50,000 Chiguana 6030-IV
  4. ^ Bolivian IGM map 1:50,000 Estancia Chilala 6031-IV
  5. ^ Bolivian IGM map 1:50,000 Villa Martín 6031-I
  6. ^ "South America Maps". Joint Operations Graphic. Retrieved October 16, 2015. 
  7. ^ INE, Bolivia
  8. ^

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Coordinates: 21°14′S 67°27′W / 21.233°S 67.450°W / -21.233; -67.450