Exploring Bolivia

Bolivia is home to more than 10.6 million people, 6.8 million of which speak spanish, most others speak native languages such as Aymara and Quechea. The capital is Sucre and the country itself neighbors countries like Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Peru.

Famous Places

The Salar De Uyuni, is the larger one of the two salt flats that remained when the prehistoric Lake Minchin dried up. Known as the world’s largest salt flat, it stretches up to 10,582 square kilometers in size. It’s also located very near the peak of the Andes at 3,650 kilometers in altitude, which means that it’s actually in the sky as much as it is an extension of it. Crazy awesome.

Tiahuanaco is to South America what the Great Pyramid is to Egypt. Twelve miles from the coast of the sacred Lake of Titicaca, Tiahuanaco was the source of the creation myths, the social order, and the preoccupation with astronomy that made thousands of years of Andean culture.

The Laguna Colorada is famous for its brilliant and unique coloration – bright red due to the algae that exists in abundance in its waters. It is a 60-square kilometer shallow salt lake that has white borax islands that provide good contrast to all that red water.

Special Phrases

Upon going to the Veinte Mundos website and looking at Bolivia, the first 3 phrases to come up are as follows.

  • creo que voy a buitrear/arrojar – I think I am going to throw-up
  • hoy estoy yesca – today I am broke
  • lagartear – to laze around

Food and Drink

Majadito – A Santa Cruz dish of seasoned rice mixed with charque (beef jerky) and topped with a fried egg and a couple strips of fried plantain.

Chirimoya, frambruesa, mango, achachairu, y muchas otras frutas frescas – Custard apple, raspberries, mango, lychee fruit, and bunches of other fresh fruit.

Sopa de Mani – Peanut soup. Served hot with a chunk of steak on the bone in a yellow, peanut cream broth. Sprinkled with shoestring potatoes and a bit of fresh parsley.

Climate and Reigon

The climate of Bolivia is based on its many elevations. While the higher regions experience a cold and dry climate, the lower areas have warmer climate. The average annual temperatures range from 8ºC to 26ºC. Bolivia is on the north-east side of Brazil, on the southeast side of Paraguay, on the south side of Argentina, and on the west side of Chile and Peru.

Comment Stream

2 years ago

Really cool

2 years ago

I liked the part about the dried up lake that became a salt flat.