|Full name||Joaquín Botero Vaca|
|Date of birth||December 10, 1977|
|Place of birth||La Paz, Bolivia|
|Height||1.71 m (5 ft 7+1⁄2 in)|
|2006||San Lorenzo de Almagro||2||(0)|
|2010||→ Al Arabi (loan)||4||(3)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 15, 2014|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of April 28, 2010
Botero's first foreign club was the Mexican side Pumas. In his first season with Pumas, the 2003 Apertura, he scored 3 goals in 17 games. After scoring another 3 in 9 games in the 2004 Clausura, Botero broke out in the 2004 Apertura, registering 11 goals in 19 games.
In 2006, he joined San Lorenzo de Almagro of the Primera División de Argentina and in 2007 he played for Deportivo Táchira of Venezuela. After an unsuccessful stint in both clubs, Botero returned to Bolívar as a free agent in 2008.
He joined Correcaminos UAT for the Clausura 2009 season, marking his return to Mexico.
In January 2010, he was loaned out to Al Arabi Kuwait for $170,000. He made 4 appearances and scored 3 goals.
On 14 January 2011, Botero made official a move to club San José, thus returning to play in his country.
Since 1999, Botero was a regular player for the Bolivia national team, including participations in the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup, in which he played in all three of Bolivia's group stage matches, the 2001 Copa América and the 2004 Copa América. On 1 April 2009, Botero scored a hat-trick for Bolivia in a historic 6–1 victory over Argentina in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier, Argentina's first loss under the recently appointed manager, Diego Maradona. On 15 May 2009, Botero surprisingly announced the end of his era with the national team, putting as an excuse that his motivation "was not there anymore." In his ten years playing for Bolivia, Botero earned a total of 48 caps and scored 20 goals, becoming the highest scorer in the national team's history, before being surpassed by Marcelo Moreno in 2020. He represented his country in 30 FIFA World Cup qualification matches, scoring 16 goals.
|1.||5 March 2000||Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia||Haiti||5-1||9–2||Friendly|
|4.||25 April 2001||Argentina||3–1||3–3||2002 World Cup qualification|
|5.||3 June 2001||Venezuela||2-0||5–0|
|7.||10 September 2003||Colombia||2-0||4–0||2006 World Cup qualification|
|10.||18 November 2003||Estadio José Romero, Maracaibo, Venezuela||Venezuela||0-1||2–1|
|11.||6 July 2004||Estadio Nacional, Lima, Peru||Peru||0-1||2–2||2004 Copa América|
|12.||9 October 2004||Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia||Peru||1–0||1–0||2006 World Cup qualification|
|13.||18 June 2008||Paraguay||1-0||4–2||2010 World Cup qualification|
|15.||6 September 2008||Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito, Ecuador||Ecuador||1-1||3–1|
|16.||11 October 2008||Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia||Peru||1-0||3–0|
|18.||1 April 2009||Argentina||2-1||6–1|
- Primera División de México: 2004 (C), 2004 (A)
- Liga de Fútbol Profesional Boliviano: 2002 Topscorer (49 goals)
- rsssf: World league topscorers
- Bolívar all time topscorers
- "Dismal Argentina are hit for six in Bolivia". CNN. 1 April 2009. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
- "Maradona's Argentina hit for six". BBC. 1 April 2009. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
- "No hay vuelta atrás". eldeber.com.bo (in Spanish). 20 May 2009. Archived from the original on 20 May 2009. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
- Bolivia - Record International Players Archived 9 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine
- Joaquín Botero – FIFA competition record (archived)