San Buenaventura Municipality, La Paz

The municipality of San Buenaventura is a district in the Bolivian department of La Paz

Location in near space

The municipality of San Buenaventura is one of two municipios of Abel Iturralde Province and lies in the southern part of the province. It is bordered to the west and south by the Province Franz Tamayo, on the east by the department of Beni, and to the north by the municipality of Ixiamas.

The central location of the municipality is San Buenaventura with 3,089 inhabitants in the eastern part of the municipality. ( Census 2012)


The municipality of San Buenaventura is located on the western edge of the Moxos level, with more than 100,000 km ², one of the largest wetlands in the world; dominant vegetation type in the Moxos level is the tropical savannah. The climate in the San Buenaventura is tropical hot and humid all year round, but it can be in winter by the Surazo ( cold wind from the south) are relatively cool. The annual rainfall is about 2000 mm, with monthly rainfall of about 300 mm in January and February, and less than 100 mm in the months of August to September. The average monthly temperatures range between 23 ° C all year round and 28 ° C (see climate chart Rurrenabaque ).


The population of the municipality of San Buenaventura has nearly doubled in the past two decades:

The life expectancy of newborns in 2001 was 64.4 years, the infant mortality rate is 11.3 per cent ( 1992) declined to 5.4 percent in 2001.

The literacy rate for those over 15 years is 88.0 percent, and that 92.1 percent of men and 82.9 percent for women ( 2001).

97.6 percent of the population speak Spanish, 11.0 percent speak Quechua, Aymara 4.4 percent, and 11.9 percent other indigenous languages. (2001)

74.3 percent of the population have no access to electricity, 50.7 percent have no sanitary facilities ( 2001).

57.8 percent of households have a radio, 26.3 percent have a television, 23.3 percent a bicycle, a motorcycle 7.1 percent, 3.1 percent, a car, a refrigerator, 8.7 percent, 5.6 percent phone. (2001)



The municipality is divided into the following three cantons ( cantones ):

  • Cantón Buenaventura
  • Cantón San José de Chupiamonas
  • Cantón Tumupasa