Sud Chichas Province

Sud Chichas / Sur Chichas

On the way to "Cañón del Inca" near Tupiza



Location of the Sud Chichas Province within Bolivia

Provinces of the Potosí Department
Coordinates: 21°20′S 65°50′W / 21.333°S 65.833°W / -21.333; -65.833
Country Bolivia
Department Potosí Department
Capital Tupiza
  Total 3,150 sq mi (8,158 km2)
Population (2001)
  Total 47,873
  Density 15/sq mi (5.9/km2)
  Ethnicities Quechua
Area code(s) BO.PO.SC

Sud Chichas (or: Sur Chichas) is a province in the Bolivian department of Potosí. Its seat is Tupiza.


Sud Chichas province is one of sixteen provinces in the Potosí Department. It is located between 20° 51' and 21° 50' South and between 65° 15' and 66° 30' West. It borders Nor Chichas Province in the north, Antonio Quijarro Province in the north-west, Nor Lípez Province and Sur Lípez Province in the west, the Republic of Argentina and Modesto Omiste Province in the south, Tarija Department in the south-east, and Chuquisaca Department in the east.

The province extends over 130 km from east to west and from north to south.


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

Section Municipality Seat
1st Tupiza Municipality Tupiza
2nd Atocha Municipality Atocha


The main language of the province is Spanish, spoken by 96%, while 59% of the population speak Quechua. The population dropped from 52,308 inhabitants (1992 census) to 47,873 (2001 census), a decrease of 8.5%.

45% of the population have no access to electricity, 74% have no sanitary facilities. 34% of the population are employed in agriculture, 11% in mining, 6% in industry, 49% in general services. 88% of the population are Catholics, 8% Protestants.

The people are predominantly indigenous citizens of Quechua descent.[1]

Ethnic group Tupiza Municipality (%) Atocha Municipality (%)
Quechua 57.0 70.6
Aymara 1.7 2.8
Guaraní, Chiquitos, Moxos 0.2 0.2
Not indigenous 38.5 26.4
Other indigenous groups 2.5 0.1

See also


  1. (inactive)
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