Pedro Domingo Murillo Province

Pedro Domingo Murillo is a province in the Bolivian La Paz Department. It was created on January 8, 1838, with the name Cercado and on October 17, 1912, during the presidency of Eliodoro Villazón, its name was changed in honor of Pedro Domingo Murillo, protagonist of the revolution of June 16, 1809.[1]

Pedro Domingo Murillo
Valle de la Luna ("Moon Valley")
Valle de la Luna ("Moon Valley")
Location of Pedro Domingo Murillo Province within Bolivia
Location of Pedro Domingo Murillo Province within Bolivia
Provinces of the La Paz Department
Provinces of the La Paz Department
Coordinates: 16°30′0″S 68°0′0″W / 16.50000°S 68.00000°W / -16.50000; -68.00000
CountryFlag of Bolivia.svg Bolivia
DepartmentLa Paz Department
FoundationOctober 17, 1912
 • Total4,705 km2 (1,817 sq mi)
 (2012 census)
 • Total1,663,099
 • Density350/km2 (920/sq mi)
 • Ethnicities
Aymara Quechua
Time zoneUTC-4 (BOT)
WebsiteOfficial website

The province contains the Bolivian administrative capital, La Paz, as well as the major city of El Alto.


The Cordillera Real traverses the province. Illimani, the highest peak of the range, lies in the province. Other mountains are listed below:[2][3][4]


Pedro Domingo Murillo Province is divided into five municipalities.

Municipality Inhabitants (2001) [5] Seat Inhabitants (2001)
La Paz Municipality 793,293 La Paz 789,585
Palca Municipality 14,185 Palca 894
Mecapaca Municipality 11,782 Mecapaca 251
Achocalla Municipality 15,110 Achocalla 10,369
El Alto Municipality 649,958 El Alto 647,350

Places of interestEdit

Some of the tourist attractions of the municipality are:[6]

  • In the La Paz Municipality:
    • Wayna Potosí, a mountain about 15 km north west of La Paz
    • Qutapata National Park and Integrated Management Natural Area
    • La Cumbre at a height of 4,650 m above sea level, the highest point on the route between La Paz and the Yungas
    • K'ili K'ili viewpoint which presents a panoramic view of the city of La Paz
    • Muela del Diablo ("devil' tooth"), a giant rock of about 150 m height that has the shape of a tooth
    • Valle de la Luna ("moon valley"), south of La Paz city
    • La Paz zoo "Vesty Pakos Sofra" with an area of 22.4 ha, the largest zoo in Bolivia, the second largest in South America and the highest in the world.
    • Inkachaka Dam
  • In the Palca Municipality:
    • Apachita viewpoint in the Palca Canton which offers a sight of the contrasting landscape and snowcapped Illimani
    • Valle de los Ánimas ("valley of the souls") and its lake (Laguna de las Ánimas) in the Palca Canton
    • the town of Palca with houses of colonial times, Palca River, Chuaqueri gorge, also known as Palca gorge, and Takesi pre-Columbian trail in the Palca Canton
    • the communities of Quilihuaya and Pinaya in the Quilihuaya Canton
    • the community of Cohoni, its church dating from the 17th century and the chullpa of Ch'ullu Cahinbaya in the Cohoni Canton

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ El Diario (Spanish)
  2. ^ IGM map 1:50,000 Chulumani 3338, 5945-II Milluni and Palca 6044-III
  3. ^ Bolivian IGM map 1:100,000 La Paz (Norte) 3238-I
  4. ^ Bolivian IGM map 1:50,000 Zongo 5945-I
  5. ^ Instituto Nacional de Estadística Archived 2009-10-27 at the Wayback Machine (Spanish)
  6. ^ Archived 2011-05-09 at the Wayback Machine Tourist guide by the government of the department

Coordinates: 16°30′S 68°00′W / 16.500°S 68.000°W / -16.500; -68.000