A land with staggering contrasts, the diverse landscape of Bolivia is truly amazing. Right from snow-clad peaks to rivers, to remote expanses and beautiful valleys, to picturesque lagoons and the lush Amazon rainforest, Bolivia does not fail to baffle. Located smack inside the heart of South America, Bolivia is a landlocked country bordered by Paraguay and Argentina on its south, Chile to its southwest, Peru to its west, and Brazil to its north and east.
The Spanish arrived and took control of Bolivia in the 16th century, defeating the Incas, who were the inhabitants of the regions. The Spanish ruled for over 300 years. Independence fighter, Simon Bolivar (Bolivia was named after him), initiated a battle for independence, with Bolivia finally gaining its freedom on August 06, 1825. Though democratic rule was truly established in the 1980s, but the country has been tied by the shackles of poverty, drugs issues and social unrest.
Almost 95% of Bolivians are Roman Catholics, with the rest being Protestants. Though, Spanish is the most spoken official language in Bolivia, the country recognises almost 37 official languages, with the main ones being Quechua, Aymara and Guarani. Due to Bolivia’s contrasting terrains, the climate drastically varies from one region to another, usually ranging from humid and tropical to cold and semiarid.
Bolivia is a heaven for nature lovers, owing to the landscapes, views, and the sheer biological diversity the country has to offer. Take a bus journey along the rugged mountain passes, including one of the world’s most dangerous road – the Death Road, or explore the quaint villages and provinces, trek through the jungles and the mountain peaks. Bolivia is a beautiful land that has plenty to offer for an offbeat holiday.
A land with staggering contrasts, the diverse landscape of Bolivia is truly amazing. Right from snow-clad peaks to rivers, to remote expanses and beautiful valleys, to picturesque lagoons and the l...