Bolivia By: Sydney mundell

Bolivia is the largest landlocked country in the Americas. It is culturally different from most places because they have so many different people living there. They are also a unitary state.
Bolivia is located in western-central South America. It is land-locked by Brazil to the north and east, to the southeast by Paraguay, to the south by Argentina, to the southwest by Chile, and to the northwest by Peru.
TO THE SOUTHWEST OF BOLIVIA IS THE ANDES MOUNTAIN RANGE, RUNNING FROM NORTH TO SOUTH. ON THE EASTERN SIDE THERE ARE MORE SLOPES AND VALLEYS INSTEAD OF MOUNTAINS. AND THE EASTERN TROPICAL SIDE OF BOLIVIA IS MOSTLY FLAT PLAINS.
Bolivia is not very big compared to the United States. It is the size of about Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas combined. Even though it is not very big about 11 million people live there. there are also about 36 indigenous languages spoken there. The most commonly spoken are the Guarani, Aymara and Quechua languages.
The Bolivian currency is Bolivian Boliviano. One Bolivian Boliviano equals $0.14 in US money.
Indigenous people live there which are also known as the native people. It is culturally diverse, the Spaniards used to live in Bolivia, and there used to be slaves. In 1800-1900 AD the country split up into now what you call Bolivia, Peru, and Chile today. An interesting historical fact is that El Penal de San Pedro (Saint Peter's Prison) in La Paz is famous for its walled society.
BOLIVIA ES MUY BONITA. ES PEQUEÑA. ES MUY DIFERENTE. HAY MONTAÑAS ALTAS. LA CULTURA ES INTERESANTE. ES DIFERENTE QUE LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS. ES UN BUEN LUGAR PARA VISITAR.
In Western Bolivia you can hear or see traditional music and dances such as the caporal, tinku, cueca, cumbia or the very lively saya. Bolivia tiene bastante musica. Es muy interesante escuchar
A really popular dish in Bolivia is Papas Rellenas. You will typically find more spicy foods than neutral foods. They will also have a lot of color and vibrancy. Salteñas son muy buenos aperitivos. Los alimentos en Bolivia son diversos.
Bolivian food and how it differentiates.
THE NATIONAL CULTURE IS AN AMALGAM OF HISPANIC AND PRE-HISPANIC. THE INDIGENOUS/NATIVE PEOPLE IN BOLIVIA HAVE A CULTURE CALLED URU-MURATO AND THEY ARE VERY DIFFERENT THAN THE REST OF THE CULTURES. THEY DO NOT LIKE TO SOCIALIZE WITH PEOPLE WHO AREN'T LIKE THEM AND THEY TYPICALLY DO NOT LEAVE THEIR V ILLAGES UNLESS THEY HAVE TO.
URU-MURATO ES DIFÍCIL DE ENTENDER. ES UNA CULTURA INTERESANTE PERO TAMBIÉN EXTRAÑA.
The cultural festivals regularly celebrated in Bolivia are Alasitas in La Paz which is celbrated on January 24, Semana Santa – Fiesta in Copacabana which is celebrated in March/April, Aymara New Year in La Paz and Tiwanaku which is celebrated June 21, The Procession of el Gran Poder in La Paz which is celebrated in May/June, and Urkupiña Festival in Quillacollo, near Cochabamba which is celebrated August 14-18.
Las fiestas en bolivia son muy interesantes y bonitas. Son muy diferentes a los festivales en los Estados Unidos.
Sand boarding can be described as snow boarding but on sand and going down sand dunes instead of slopes. You can sand board in most of the deserts in Bolivia. It is really hot and windy in the desert. For the tour it costs about $130 for one person and the cost steadily goes down with the more people you have.No importa en qué estación. Esto es como surfboarding pero en la arena.
Another activity is cycling... on death road. It is found in the mountains of Bolivia and the trail contains 900 mile high cliffs, rainy weather, limited visibility, and dangerous rock falls. It costs about a $124.00 if you just go bike riding and more if you add other activities with the bike riding. Pasar gente en la montaña es peligroso. Use un casco, guantes, y también una chaqueta.
In Bolivia you can go Jaguar Spotting. This activity is one of the most dangerous things to do in Bolivia, regarding activities. The ones that are brave enough to do this, hunt through Kaa Iya National Park. It can be rainy and hot so make sure that you have lots of sunscreen, water, and maybe a rain coat. The prices depend on how long you go (3 days or 4 days) and can range from $1150 to $650. Esto debe hacerse en el otoño o verano. Puede que tengas miedo pero no te preocupes.
One of the activities is mountain biking and river cruising. On this activity you take a trip into the Amazon forest and explore the surrounding wildlife. The weather varies but it can be cold and rainy or warm and sunny so be prepared for anything. Again the prices can range anywhere from $2990 to $483 and it also goes off of how many people are in the group and how many days you are doing it for. No vas a nadar en el río. El agua probablemente será frío, así que ten cuidado.
One of the cold activities is climbing Huayana Potosi Mountain. It is found in Aymara but is in close proximity to La Paz. The mountain is covered in snow so winter clothes will be needed. In all you will only spend about $100 and that is just for transportation and living arrangements. An interesting fact about this mountain is that it is very difficult to climb because it has an altitude of 6088m. Llevar ropa de invierno y mantenerse caliente. Trae una cámara digital para tomar fotos para recordar el viaje.

Credits:

Created with images by Matthew Straubmuller - "The Bolivian Death Road" • Matthew Straubmuller - "Closer to the Sun - Coroico, Bolivia" • rapidtravelchai - "Easter Island Bolivia Peru 112" • Christopher Crouzet - "The Real Copacabana" • RastaChango - "Maiz con chuño y aji de carne" • RastaChango - "Mercado de Sucre" • Christian Haugen - "The floating island of Uros" • Christian Haugen - "The floating island of Uros" • sfmission.com - "Bolivia Unidos 01" • justin_vidamo - "Sand Boarding" • hermaion - "bike two wheels bicycle" • carterg5289 - "Jaguar" • Ian D. Keating - "Tracy Arm" • Jonas B - "Mountains"

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