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BOLIVIA


Location - South America; Capital - La Paz; Population - 10 million; Currency - Boliviano

I arrived in Potosi from the Argentina border in January 1998.

 

bolnoteThe Bolivian currency - the country and currency are named after Simon Bolivar (see Venezuela for more info)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bol1At an altitude of 4070 metres, Potosi is said to be the highest city in the World

 

 

bol2Preparing to dynamite - inside the silver mines of Potosi

 

 

 

 

bol3The Potosi miners' ritual - pour 95% alcohol around the devil to thank Pacha Mama (Mother Earth) and take a swig yourself

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bol410 November Plaza, Potosi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bol5Site of Bolivia's declaration of independence on 6 August 1825, Sucre

 

 

 

 

bol625 May Plaza, Sucre

 

 

bol7The San Francisco Church at La Paz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


bol8Children at the Perez Velasco Plaza in La Paz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bol11The oldest shoeshine boy in town - Perez Velasco Plaza, La Paz

 

 

bol12Photographers at Alonzo de Mendoza Plaza, La Paz (altitude - 3900 metres)

 

 

bol14The beautiful countryside surrounding Sorata

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bol15Taking the pigs for a walk in Sorata

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bol16At 3850 metres, the stunning Lake Titicaca, Copacabana

 

 

bol18An Aymaran festival comes to town - the Fiesta de la Virgen de Copacabana in Copacabana

 

 

bol19 Copacabana Cathedral is the backdrop to the Fiesta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bol17Copacabana, a town on the shores of Lake Titicaca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bol21Fantastic colours and costumes in Copacabana

 

 

bol20By mid-afternoon most of the men in Copacabana were completely drunk, which was reflected in their ability to play music..

 

 

bol22Getting ready for the Fiesta in Copacabana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bol23The lovely Isla del Sol on Lake Titicaca with views of Isla del Luna and Illampu & Ancohuma mountains

 

 

bol25The village of Yumani on Isla del Sol

 

 

bol24Lake Titicaca from Isla del Sol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bol26Arriving at Cha'lla village on Isla del Sol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bol27A llama at Cha'lla village, Isla del Sol

 

 

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LINKS

www.boliviacontact.com - travel guide

www.boliviaweb.com

http://visitbolivia.org - for the La Paz area

 

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