Sajama Province

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The extinct Sajama volcano in the Sajama Province
The extinct Sajama volcano in the Sajama Province
Location of Sajama Province in Bolivia
Location of Sajama Province in Bolivia
Coordinates: 18°15′S 68°12′W / 18.250°S 68.200°W / -18.250; -68.200Coordinates: 18°15′S 68°12′W / 18.250°S 68.200°W / -18.250; -68.200
Country Bolivia
Department Oruro
Capital Curahuara de Carangas
 • Total 7,704 km2 (2,975 sq mi)
Population (2001)
 • Total 9,096
 • Density 1.2/km2 (3/sq mi)
 • Ethnicities Aymara
Languages spoken
 • Aymara 90.4%
 • Spanish 88.6%
 • Quechua 4.2%
Time zone BOT (UTC-4)

Sajama is a province in the northwestern parts of the Bolivian Oruro Department.


Sajama province is one of the sixteen provinces in the Oruro Department. It is located between 17° 39' and 18° 39' South and between 67° 38' and 68° 45' West.

The province borders the La Paz Department in the north-west, the Republic of Chile in the west, Sabaya Province in the south-west, Litoral Province in the south-east, Carangas Province in the east, and San Pedro de Totora Province in the north-east.

The province extends over 120 km from north to south, and 135 km from east to west.


The highest mountain in the province is the extinct Sajama volcano in the Sajama National Park. Other mountains are listed below:[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12]


The main language of the province is Aymara, spoken by 90.4%, while 88.6% of the population speak Spanish and 4.2% Quechua (1992).

The population increased from 7,891 inhabitants (1992 census) to 9,096 (2001 census), an increase of 15.3%. - 43.4% of the population are younger than 15 years old (1992).

97.0% of the population have no access to electricity, 90.8% have no sanitary facilities (1992).

8.2% of the population are employed in agriculture, 0.3% in mining, 5.4% in industry, 26.1% in general services (2001).

66.1% of the population are Catholics, 26.9% are Protestants (1992).


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

Section Municipality Seat
1st Curahuara de Carangas Municipality Curahuara de Carangas
2nd Turco Municipality Turco

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bolivian IGM map 1:50,000 Chachacomani Hoja 5838-IV
  2. ^ Bolivian IGM map 1:50,000 Curahuara de Carangas 5940-III
  3. ^ Bolivian IGM map 1:50,000 Estancia Antin Curahuara 5939-III
  4. ^ Bolivian IGM map 1:50,000 Estancia Agua Rica Hoja 5839-II
  5. ^ Bolivian IGM map 1:50,000 Estancia Laguna 5839-III
  6. ^ BIGM map 1:50,000 Estancia Marcarani Hoja 5939-IV
  7. ^ Bolivian IGM map 1:50,000 Estancia Miraflores 5838-II
  8. ^ BIGM map 1:50,000 Nevados Payachata Hoja 5739-I
  9. ^ Bolivian IGM map 1:50,000 Okoruro 5840-III
  10. ^ Bolivian IGM map 1:50,000 Nevado Sajama 5839-IV
  11. ^ Bolivian IGM map 1:50,000 Quisi Quisini Hoja 5739-II
  12. ^ Bolivian IGM map 1:50,000 Cerro Uyarani Hoja 5838-I

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