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Uyuni
Train Cemetary
On the outskirts of Uyuni is the Cementerio de Trenes, meaning the Train Cemetery. The decaying trains in the middle of nowhere make for great photographs.
Bolivia: Uyuni Train Cemetery



Bolivia
Clothing
Introduced by Brithish railway workers, one of the trademarks of Bolivian clothing is the bowler hat (also known as a bombin). For unknown reasons women tend to use it more than men.
Bolivia: La Paz Women

Wildlife
Toucan
The most prominent feature of toucans are their colorful beaks. Various species of toucan, such as the toco toucan in the picture, abound in the Bolivian lowland.
Bolivia: Santa Cruz Toucan

Travel
Bolivia Contact
Commercial tourism site
Bolivia
Official site (in Spanish)

S. America | Bolivia

Bolivia: Grand Diversity

Bolivia sits right in the middle of South America, yet it is still one of the most remote countries on the continent. It has great diversity in many aspects. Its geography ranges from the jungles of the Amazon lowland to the deserts of the altiplano; its population is a real multiethnic mixture (with the highest percentage of indigenous in America); its history is mysterious and fascinating. All of this leaves many visitors with a sense of having discovered the true heart of South America.
Bolivia: Salar de Uyuni Stone Tree

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Bolivia: La Paz La Paz: Canyon Capital

High up in the Andes mountains is Bolivia's capital La Paz, the highest national capital in the world. Altitudes range from 3100 meters to 4050 meters. The city sits in a canyon, where the affluence of the neighborhoods increases towards the bottom (where there is more oxygen). The snow-capped mountains of Illimani, the second highest mountain in Bolivia at 6438 meters, can be seen in the distance.

Sucre: Dinosaur Tracks

Just 5 kilometers west of Sucre is the Cal Orcko cement quarry, famous for a wall inclined at an angle of 70 degrees which millions of years ago was a lake. What makes it special is that it is covered with hundreds of dinosaur tracks, from at least six different types of dinosaurs. The estimated age of the tracks is about 68 million years. The largest tracks belong to the quadrupedal titanosaurus, which was between 15 and 25 meters long! Trucks going there leave from Plaza 25 de Mayo in Sucre in the morning, at noon and in the afternoon.
Bolivia: Sucre Dinosaur Tracks

Bolivia: Salar de Uyuni Laguna Colorada Bolivia: Salar de Uyuni Laguna Colorada Laguna Colorada

The Laguna Colorada (or the Red Lagoon) gets its name from the color of its waters. The reddish color is caused by the pigmentation of algae. The lagoon is home to three types of flamingos (the Chilean, James and Andean flamingo).

Government: Coup Chaos

Bolivia's Congreso Nacional (National Congress) is seated in La Paz. Its members are elected to five-year terms, though few governments have lasted that long. Bolivia has seen 193 coups since independence in 1825, and thus holds the dubious world record in the number of coups. The current president is Juan Evo Morales Ayma, who in 2006 became the first amerindian president of Bolivia (even though amerindians make up the majority of the population).
Bolivia: La Paz Congress

Bolivia: Salar de Uyuni Laguna Colorada Bolivia: Salar de Uyuni Laguna Verde Laguna Verde

The Laguna Verde (meaning the Green Lagoon) sits right on the border with Chile. The water in it gets its color from sediments containing copper minerals. Just behind the lake is the cone of the Licancabur Volcano



Wildlife
Flamingos
Not what you'd expect in a lake at over 4000 meters with freezing temperatures, yet this is the preferred habitat of the South American flamingo.
Bolivia: Salar de Uyuni Flamingos

Facts
República de Bolivia

Capital
Sucre/La Paz
Largest city
Santa Cruz de la Sierra
Population
9,119,000 (2007)
Area
1,098,580 km²
Official language(s)
Spanish, Quechua, Aymara
Government
Republic

History
Bolivia
1400s: Aymara kingdoms conquered by Incas.
1532: Arrival of Spaniards, followed by colonization.
1825: Independece declared.
1879-83: Looses outlet to Pacific in war with Chile.
1904: Large part of eastern lowlands lost to Brazil.
1932-5: Large part of territory in the Gran Chaco lost to Paraguay.

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