Sabaya Province

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Wila Pukarani volcano as seen from the north
Wila Pukarani volcano as seen from the north
Location of Sabaya (Atahuallpa) Province in Bolivia
Location of Sabaya (Atahuallpa) Province in Bolivia
Coordinates: 19°07′S 68°05′W / 19.117°S 68.083°W / -19.117; -68.083Coordinates: 19°07′S 68°05′W / 19.117°S 68.083°W / -19.117; -68.083
Country Bolivia
Department Oruro
Capital Sabaya
Municipalities Chipaya, Coipasa, Sabaya
 • Total 5,885 km2 (2,272 sq mi)
Population (2001)
 • Total 7,114
 • Density 1.2/km2 (3/sq mi)
 • Ethnicities Aymara
Languages spoken
 • Spanish 92%
 • Aymara 67%
 • Quechua 9%
 • Agriculture 66.4%
 • General 27.1%
 • Industry 4.9%
 • Mining 1.6%
Time zone BOT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 591 2
Catholic 59%
Protestant 32%

Sabaya (formerly: Atahuallpa) is a province in the central parts of the Bolivian Oruro Department. Its seat is Sabaya.


Sabaya Province is one of sixteen provinces in the Oruro Department. It is located between 18° 35' and 19° 39' South and between 67° 31' and 68° 39' West.

It borders Sajama Province in the north, the Republic of Chile and Puerto de Mejillones Province in the west, the Potosí Department in the southwest, the Ladislao Cabrera Province in the southeast, and the Litoral Province in the northeast.

The province extends over 160 km from northwest to southeast, and 50 km from northeast to southwest.


One of the highest peaks of the province is Pukintika on the border to Chile. Other mountains are listed below:[1][2]


The main language in the province is Spanish, spoken by 92%, 67% of the population speak Aymara and 9% speak Quechua. The population increased from 3,567 inhabitants (1992 census) to 7,114 (2001 census), an increase of almost 100%. 40.7% of the population is younger than 15 years old.

66.4% of the population are employed in agriculture, 1.6% in mining, 4.9% in industry, 27.1% in general services (2001).

59% of the population are Catholics, 32% are Protestants (1992).


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

Section Municipality Seat
1st Sabaya Municipality Sabaya
2nd Coipasa Municipality Coipasa
3rd Chipaya Municipality Chipaya

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bolivian IGM map 1:50,000 Estancia Miraflores 5838-II
  2. ^ BIGM map 1:50,000 Cerro Capitan Hoja 5837-III

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