20 Facts About Bolivia!
Bolivia is an interesting country in its own right. It is rich in culture and language by diffusion. It is home to several awe-inspiring wonders. In order to catch a glimpse of this beauty, here are 20 interesting facts about Bolivia
1.Bolivia is landlocked
Is is one of two landlocked countries in South America. The first being Bolivia and the second is Paraguay.
2.Many official languages
Bolivia’s language is not only Spanish which is spoken by 40% of the population. The indigenous languages of Quechua and Aymara are also used prominently especially in rural areas. The total amount however, is a jarring 37 official languages.
The world’s largest salt flat is located in Uyuni, Bolivia. It spans a whopping 10,582 square kilometers (4086 sq miles) and is 3,656 meters above sea level. And it is three times bigger than the second largest salt flat in Chile which is Salar de Atacama, which spreads 3000 sq kilometers. It contains a majority of the world’s lithium reserves.
Bolivia, along with Peru, are home to the renowned Lake Titicaca, also known as the world’s highest navigable lake. The lake is home to many different people and was filled with a species of fish called the Orestias fish, which were a group of fish that were driven to extinction by invasive species such as trout.
For your amazement this country has two capitals; Sucre and La Paz. Sucre is the constitutional capital and La Paz is the seat of the government.
6.City in the Clouds
This amazing country holds the highest capital in the world. With an altitude of 11,975 ft above sea level, it is home to almost 1.8 million people.
Bolivia is the world leader in the production in Brazil nuts. Producing 70% of the world’s stock and exporting mainly to Brazil, United States of America, and Europe. The name of these could even be changed to Bolivia nuts reasonably.
8. Indigenous Country
Nearly 70% of all people within Bolivia are indigenous people. Among these people, there are multitudes of languages and cultures. The largest of these are Quechua, being the largest and the Ayamara following after.
9.Country of the Granger
Almost half the labor force is dedicated to the practice of agriculture.
Like many countries in South America, and the Latino culture in general, Catholicism is the majority religion.
The national symbol of Bolivia is the llama.
Soccer is the most popular sport in Bolivia, as it is throughout Central and South America, besides is also the proclaimed national sport as well.
The Bolivian currency is the Boliviano. $1 is equal to 6.86 Bolivianos.
14. Dry Lake
Bolivia’s second-largest lake, Lake Poopo is dried up due to environmental pressures. The lake was 12,000 feet above sea level in the Andean plains.
15. The Origin of the Name
The name Bolivia come from a general and politician from Venezuela. It was by his influence that liberated Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, and Bolivia from the Spanish. The independence of Bolivia was won in 1825, in addition that its name was given in honor of the first president of Bolivia.
16. Treacherous Path
“El Camino de las Yungas” is known to be the world’s most dangerous road, there are 200 to 300 casualties every year on a road that is less than 50 miles
17. Llama Rituals
There are many vendors on the streets that sell shriveled llama fetuses. A ritual is done in which one can offer it to the goddess Pachamama.
18. Hotel of Salt
Located in Uyuni there is a hotel made entirely of salt which is called Palacio de Sal. It was constructed in 1993 and finished in 1995. It was built with one million blocks of salt which comprise everything within it.
19. Making History
Evo Morales, the current president of the Republic of Bolivia is the first indigenous president.
20. A different point of view
A well known clock in La Paz that is located on the National Congress building turns counterclockwise, it existed in order to remind the citizens to think differently.