A selection of the most attention-grabbing information about Bolivia we picked up for the duration of our check out.
In advance of we went to Bolivia, my complete education and learning on the nation came from this scene from the 1969 movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Although our arrival in the region wasn’t rather as displeasing as Robert Redford’s, Bolivia did establish 1 of the more tough countries we have frequented. Cold showers, uninspiring cuisine and high altitude were just some of matters we battled.
Toss in the odd hostel reminiscent of a Soviet-period gulag and you have a spot that lags effectively behind its more well-traversed neighbours.
That mentioned, what Bolivia lacks in hospitality it can make up for in landscapes and historical past. The scarce relaxed of Isla del Sol, the dramatic and chaotic setting of La Paz and the surreal, frustrating natural beauty of Salar de Uyuni make for a assorted and elaborate location.
Bolivia may perfectly be tough round the edges, but it enchanted us nonetheless. Right here are the most attention-grabbing points about Bolivia we picked up on our journey as a result of its wilds.
Exciting specifics about Bolivia
1. The identify Bolivia arrives from the Venezuelan military and political chief Simon Bolivar who led Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru and Colombia to independence from Spain in 1825. He was also officially the initial president of Bolivia.
(Resource: Museo Simón Bolívar)
2. At 3,650m (11,975ft) higher than sea degree, La Paz is unofficially the highest funds metropolis in the environment. The official capital is Sucre but the operating funds (the seat of federal government) is in La Paz.
3. Zebras (or relatively people dressed as zebras) wander the streets of La Paz helping youngsters cross the highway securely and educating motorists and pedestrians about highway safety.
(Supply: The Guardian)
4. El Alto at 4,150m (13,615ft) has a inhabitants of 1,184,942, creating it the best large town in the environment – ‘large’ remaining described as a population higher than 100,000.
5. The Camino de las Yungas street, 56km (35 miles) northeast of La Paz, is known as the “world’s most dangerous road”. There are an estimated 200 to 300 fatalities each and every year on this extend of highway significantly less than 50 miles extended.
6. Dead animals which include dried llama foetuses are sold on the streets of Bolivia to citizens so they can offer them up to Pachamama (Mother Nature) in return for blessings.
7. Irrespective of this, Bolivia granted all character equivalent legal rights to people in 2010. The law redefined the country’s rich mineral deposits as “blessings”.
(Source: The Guardian)
8. Bolivia is home to Salar de Uyuni, the “largest mirror on Earth” and also one particular of the most gorgeous things we’ve ever noticed.
(Resource: Me – choose a look!)
9. Salar de Uyuni is an monumental 10,582 sq. kilometres in dimension, building Bolivia residence to the major salt flats in the globe.
(Resource: Encyclopædia Britannica)
10. There is even a lodge there identified as Palacio de Sal (Palace of Salt). Built in 1993-1995, it was designed with one million 35cm (14-inch) blocks of salt which are utilized for the floor, walls, ceiling and home furniture together with beds, tables, chairs and sculptures.
(Source: Palacio de Sal site)
11. Bolivia is a person of two landlocked South American nations, the other being Paraguay. It lost 420 miles of Pacific Ocean shoreline and 120,000 sq. kilometres of land to Chile in The War of the Pacific in the 1880s.
(Resource: New York Moments)
12. The present and extremely preferred president, Evo Morales, is the country’s to start with indigenous president. Inspite of becoming observed by the west as a controversial determine, poverty and inequality have been greatly diminished given that Mr Morales was 1st elected.
13. Lake Titicaca which straddles the border between Peru and Bolivia is the world’s maximum navigable lake. It sits 3,812 metres (12,507 toes) earlier mentioned sea stage and is also South America’s largest lake by volume.
(Source: CIA Planet Factbook)
14. Bolivia has 37 official languages! The most important languages are Spanish, Quechua, Aymara and Guaraní with an more 33 recognised languages.
(Supply: CIA Earth Factbook)
15. A clock on the National Congress creating in the primary square of La Paz operates backwards to remind citizens to believe in different ways.
16. Like in Ecuador and Peru, cuy (guinea pig) is utilized and eaten as a classic meat. It proceeds to be a main element of the food plan in Bolivia, especially in the Andes highlands as guinea pigs call for substantially considerably less space than traditional livestock and reproduce really swiftly.
17. El Penal de San Pedro (Saint Peter’s Jail) in La Paz is famous for its walled culture. The prison homes about 1,500 inmates, not like the ladies and young children that unofficially dwell inside with inmates. The jail was after open up to tours but its doorways have been closed right after violence towards readers.
For extra exciting details about Bolivia, get the Lonely Planet Guideline to South The united states.