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Everything you need to know about Bolivia: news, reviews, in-depth analysis, opinion and more

Latin American Country of the Incas

Bolivia is known for its ample natural reserves particularly natural gas. Though this country isn’t economy rich but it hugely profits from its eco-tourism. There are a number of lovely places to travel to in Boliva. Almost 60% of Bolivian population comprises Indians who basically belong to Quechua and Aymara ethnicities.
Bolivia with its capital of La Paz has a long colonial history. The Spaniards in order to control the trade and religion in this place colonized one of its cities Tiahuanaco, which now has only traces of ruins. It is now a major site for archaeologists who come here to study and unravel the remains of ancient history. Also a majority of Bolivians still remain etched to their Incan roots.

Bolivia Fast Facts:

    · National Name: Republic of Bolivia
    · National Capital: La Paz
    · Total Area: 1,098,581 sq. km
    · Total Population: 7,314, 000
    · Major Language: Spanish
    · Major Religion: Christianity
    · Currency Unit: Boliviano
    · GDP (per capita): $39 billion USD (2004 EST)
    · Life Expectancy: 64 years (male), 70 years (female) (2008 EST)
    · Literacy: 87% (2006 EST)

Geography of Bolivia:
Bolivia’s geography is varied in terms of consisting low lands, mountainous ranges, dormant volcanoes and solfataras and volcanic vents emitting sulfurous gases. In terms of area coverage, Bolivia is almost double the size of Spain.
The northern area of the country has a tropical wet climate yearly along with heavy rainfall and high humidity temperature. During daytime the temperature remains almost at 30 degree Celsius. The cause of heavy rainfall is due to blowing of northeast trade winds, which originate from the Amazon Basin often resulting in thunderstorms and hail. The Illimani Mountain looms over La Paz, and no climber has ever arrived into Bolivia’s airport without being awed by its steep flanks and sheer size. The Illimani Mountains are covered with snow at a height of 4570 m that presents a very enchanting view of the mountains from La Paz.

Culture and Cuisine of Bolivia:
The remnants of Spanish culture are vivid amongst Bolivian art, literature, music and even their dressing customs. Bolivians celebrate religious festivals in the form of pagan rites. The devil dances at the carnival of Oruro forms a major folklore event along with other dances such as Caporales, the popular one, Morenada, Kullawada, Diablada and others. Besides this, the Spanish influence can be seen in the colonial paintings of Perez de Holguin, Flores, Bitti and other stonework’s and carvings.

According to the Bolivian dressing customs, the native women wear pollera, a different type of skirt, which was introduced by the Spaniards during colonial time and till date is still worn symbolizing their status. Bowler hat, is another adapted fashion from the British which when worn can state a woman’s marital status and aspirations.

The Bolivian cuisine is adapted to its climatic condition of high and cold climate. In every recipe Bolivians use peppers, aji, and food served picante, with hot spices. The main ingredients of Bolivia cuisine rely on carbohydrates and protein from potatoes and meats, plus trout, trucha, from Lake Titicaca. In the lowlands, freshwater fish, vegetables, fruits are more popular. Meat and eggs from endangered species are often on the menu in lowland restaurants.

Tourist Attractions of Bolivia:
Bolivia is a multi ethnic country located at the center of the South America and wonders of nature scatter all around the country. This is multi faceted country and have geographically diverse that provide unique landscapes and wide array of flora and fauna. The Lake Titicaca that is shared with Peru and at 12,500 ft is the highest navigable lake in the world. Titicaca in Bolivia is also the largest South American Lake by volume of water. Bolivia has soaring and lofty mountains that glorify the magnificent beauty of nature. It also has some parts of the huge Amazonian rainforests as well. There are numerous lakes in the country.

Major Sight-seeing Places in Bolivia include:
    · Lake Titicaca
    · Copacabana
    · World's Most Dangerous Road
    · Tiahuanaco (Tiwanaku)
    · Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley)
    · Mercado de los Brujos (Witches Market)
    · El Fuerte de Samaipata:
    · Jesuit Missions of Chiquitos
    · El Pantanals
    · Noel Kempff National Park

Bolivia nationalises Spanish-owned firm

May 2, 2012 at 11:06 AM

La Paz, May 2 (IANS/EFE) Bolivian President Evo Morales announced Tuesday the nationalization of an electricity distributor owned by Spanish utility REE.

Neymar vows to avenge Santos' shock defeat

April 27, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Rio De Janeiro, April 27 (IANS) Santos striker Neymar has vowed to seek revenge after Bolivar's shock 2-1 victory over the defending Copa Libertadores champions in La Paz.

Eight die in two plane crashes in Bolivia

April 23, 2012 at 10:52 AM

La Paz, April 23 (IANS/EFE) Eight people, including opposition Senator Gerald Ortiz, were killed in two separate plane crashes in Bolivia, officials said.

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20 killed in Bolivia accident

April 20, 2012 at 7:57 AM

La Paz, April 20 (IANS) At least 20 people were killed and more than 30 injured when a bus lost control and fell into a river canyon in Bolivia, Xinhua reported Friday.

New `Che' comic inspired by his most famous portrait

April 18, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Madrid, April 18 (IANS/EFE) The most famous photo ever taken of Ernesto 'Che' Guevara was shot by Alberto Korda in 1960, an image so endlessly reproduced it became not only a political icon but a marketing and advertising asset. That photo is the point of departure for the new graphic novel about the "Comandante" now being published in Spanish.

Why action stars tend to be Republican

April 11, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Washington, Apr 11 (ANI): Researchers have shed light on how men's mental faculties continue to respond to their physical strength and fighting ability.

Burial place of last Inca emperor 'discovered in Andes'

February 29, 2012 at 8:01 PM

London, Feb 29 (ANI): The location of the tomb of last Inca emperor Atahualpa has mystified researchers for centuries but now an expert has pinpointed a site in the Andes mountains, nearly 45 miles south of Quito, Ecuador, as the emperor's resting place. atrimony Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa, spoke about the ruins unearthed by Ecuadoran historian Tamara Estupinan.

Burial place of last Inca emperor 'discovered in Andes'

February 29, 2012 at 5:28 PM

London, Feb 29 (ANI): The location of the tomb of last Inca emperor Atahualpa has mystified researchers for centuries but now an expert has pinpointed a site in the Andes mountains, nearly 45 miles south of Quito, Ecuador, as the emperor's resting place. atrimony Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa, spoke about the ruins unearthed by Ecuadoran historian Tamara Estupinan.

Singapore ranked 'unhealthiest country' in Eco2 Index

February 21, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Washington, Feb 21 (ANI): Singapore - a country that looks good economically - has been listed as the unhealthiest nation in a new economic and environmental index that includes 152 countries around the world.

Singapore ranked 'unhealthiest country' in Eco2 Index

February 21, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Washington, Feb 21 (ANI): Singapore - a country that looks good economically - has been listed as the unhealthiest nation in a new economic and environmental index that includes 152 countries around the world.

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