Bolivia is a country in western-central South America. It borders Argentina to the south, Brazil to the northeast, Paraguay to the southeast, Chile to the southwest and Peru to the northwest. The capital of the country is Sucre, but the largest city and the government location is La Paz.
Due to its multicultural history, Bolivia has a strong linguistic diversity. The most widely used language is Spanish. However, 36 more languages have official status in the country.
The official currency is Boliviano (sometimes it is referred to as peso). The approximate exchange rate is Bs7 for US$1. The currency exchange is available in hotels and casas de cambio. If there is no official exchange facility around, you can use the service of one of the plentiful street changers. However, in this case, watch out for forged notes. Also, most hotels and tour operators accept US Dollars. Credit cards are widely acceptable, although Visa and MasterCard are preferable. ATMs are available in most large cities and towns.
Taxis are the safest way of transportation in Bolivia and you can find them anywhere and at any time. Few travelers rent cars. There are several local companies present in major cities. Roads are not in a very good condition. Cars drive on the right side of the road here.
Bolivia is dense with both exotic animals and abundant nature. You will find nectar bats hanging in caves and deadly coral snakes along the rugged terrain. Macaw species soar across the skies. Both butterflies and moths decorate the lush jungles.
The climate in Bolivia is also diverse, from tropics in the east to a polar climate in the western Andes. In the east, summers are warm and humid, while winters are windy. In the west, on the opposite, summers are dry, but winters are cold and snowy.
Bolivian culture has been influenced by the Quechua, the Aymara, the popular cultures of Latin America, and so on. Bolivia has a rich folklore. The folk music particularly is distinctive and varied in every region. The annual carnival in Oruro also called “the devil dances”, is one of the most popular folkloric events of South America. The less widely known, but still popular, is a carnival in Tarabuco. Parades of brightly-costumed locals take center-stage in the streets. Festivals honor deities and citizens observe national holidays in the streets throughout the year.
Visit here to soak up the rich cultural heritage, commune with the wild animals, and explore untamed jungles. However, beware of snakes and other creatures who may not be so friendly!
July 22, 2016 12:00 am 2 Comments