Yotau is a village in the department of Santa Cruz in the South American Andes State of Bolivia.

Location in near space

Yotau is the central place of Cantón Yotau district ( bolivian: Municipio) El Puente in the province of Guarayos in the northwestern part of the department of Santa Cruz. The village lies at an altitude of 251 m in a flat wavy hills next to the brook of the Arroyo Santa María nine kilometers southeast of Laguna El Socorro, a three -kilometer-long and wide inland sea.


Yotau is (Spanish: Llanos de Moxos ) in the Moxos level, a more than 100,000 square kilometers of flood savannah in the northern lowlands of Bolivia. The region's climate is a semi- humid climate of the warm tropics.

The mean average temperature of the region is about 25 ° C and varies only slightly between 21 ° C in June and July and nearly 27 ° C from October to December. The annual rainfall is about 1,200 mm, with a short dry season from June to August month rainfall less than 40 mm, and a pronounced humidity from December to March month rainfall up to 200 mm.

Traffic network

Yotau is located 275 kilometers by road from Santa Cruz, the capital of the department.

From Santa Cruz leads from the paved highway Ruta 4 about 47 kilometers east across Cotoca after Pailón. Here she meets the Ruta 9, which arrives in the north via San Julián, San Ramon and El Puente after 228 kilometers Yotau. The Ruta 9 then continues on Ascension de Guarayos and Trinidad in the extreme northeast of the country after Guayaramerín on the Brazilian border.


The population of the town has more than doubled in the past two decades.

She was 810 inhabitants at the 1992 census, then 1,267 inhabitants at the 2001 census and now 1,730 inhabitants ( 2009 estimate ).

Because of the 1960s funded by the immigration policy indigenous people of the Altiplano, it presents a significant proportion of the Quechua population in the municipality of El Puente 22.4 % of the population speak the Quechua language.