Modesto Omiste
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Modesto Omiste
Modesto Omiste
A street in Villazón
A street in Villazón
Flag of Modesto Omiste
Official seal of Modesto Omiste
Location of the Modesto Omiste Province or Villazón Municipality within Bolivia
Location of the Modesto Omiste Province or Villazón Municipality within Bolivia
Provinces of the Potosí Department
Provinces of the Potosí Department
Coordinates: 18°53?S 65°39?W / 18.883°S 65.650°W / -18.883; -65.650
CountryFlag of Bolivia.svg Bolivia
DepartmentPotosí Department
 o Total986 sq mi (2,554 km2)
 o Total36,266
 o Density37/sq mi (14.2/km2)
 o Ethnicities
Time zoneUTC-4 (BOT)
Area code(s)BO.PO.MO

Modesto Omiste is a province in the south of the Bolivian Potosí Department. Its capital is Villazón. The province is named after the Bolivian writer and politician Modesto Omiste Tinajeros.


Modesto Omiste province is one of sixteen provinces in the Potosí Departament. It is located between 21° 39' and 22° 06' South and between 65° 10' and 66° 08' West. In the north it borders Sud Chichas Province, in the east Tarija Department, in the south and south-west the Republic of Argentina. The province extends over 120 km from east to west and 65 km from north to south.


The province comprises only one municipality (municipio), Villazón Municipality which is identical to the province. It was named after the Bolivian president Eliodoro Villazón

The province is further subdivided into cantons (cantones):

  • Berque
  • Casira
  • Chagua
  • Chipihuayco
  • Mojo
  • Moraya
  • Sagnasti
  • Salitre
  • San Pedro de Sococha
  • Sarcari
  • Sococha
  • Villazón
  • Yuruma


The main language of the province is Spanish, spoken by 97%, while 44% of the population speak Quechua. The population rose from 31,737 (1992 census) to 36,266 (2001 census), an increase of 14.3%.

44% of the population have no access to electricity, 54% have no sanitary facilities. 18% of the population are employed in agriculture, 11% in industry, 71% in general services. 84% of the population are Catholics, 11% Protestants.

Most of the people are not indigenous, 43,3% are citizens of Quechua descent.[1]

Ethnic group %
Quechua 43,3
Aymara 7,8
Guaraní, Chiquitos, Moxos 0,2
Not indigenous 48,3
Other indigenous groups 0,5


  1. ^ (inactive)

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Coordinates: 18°53?S 65°39?W / 18.883°S 65.650°W / -18.883; -65.650

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