Aiquile is a small town in the Cochabamba Department in the South American Andes State of Bolivia. She was struck in May 1998 by a strong earthquake. After an almost complete rebuilding of the town was necessary.
Location in near space
Aiquile is the central place of the district ( bolivian: Municipio) Aiquile and seat of the administration of the province Campero. The village lies at an altitude of 2260 m in a valley of the Sierra de Catatiri, extending in a north-south direction between the Cordillera Oriental and Cordillera Central.
Aiquile lies between the mountain ranges of the Bolivian Cordillera Oriental and the Cordillera Central. The climate is characterized by year-round spring-like temperatures and low rainfall.
The average annual temperature of the region is about 20 ° C (see climate chart Mizque ) and an annual rainfall of 550 mm. The summer from October to March has average monthly temperatures of 22 ° C, coldest months are June and July with more than 17 ° C. From April to October, dry season with rainfall less than 20 mm, the summer has December-February rainfall 110-135 mm.
Aiquile is located 218 kilometers by road from Cochabamba, the capital of the department.
The city is located on the 898 km long highway Ruta 5, which crosses the Bolivian Altiplano from northeast to southwest. To the north, a dirt road leads 89 kilometers to Epizana where it meets the Ruta 7, which leads to the lowlands to Santa Cruz from Cochabamba. South leads the Ruta 5 in the 136 km distant Sucre and from there west to the Chilean border.
Aiquile has direct bus to Cochabamba and Sucre. Furthermore, in Aiquile the terminus of the railway line from Cochabamba on Mizque. This railway line will be operated three times a week with a Ferrobus. The trip to Cochabamba by bus takes only about half as long as the Ferrobus.
The population of the town has risen in the past two decades by more than a third: