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Bolivia

GENERAL INFORMACIJU ABOUT THE COUNTRY

Capital: La Paz, the actual capital of Bolivia (according to the Constitution the capital city is Sucre)

Official language: Spanish, Quechua, Aymara, Guarani, etc.

The population is about 9.7 million people.

State system: presidential Republic.

Area: ~ 1 million sq km.

Geographical position: in the Central part of South America, in the North and North-East it borders with Brazil, to the Southeast with Paraguay, to the South with Argentina, to the South-West and West with Chile and Peru.

Time: behind Moscow for 8 hours (in summer), 7 hours (in winter).

Highest point: volcano. Sajama (6542 m).

Bolivia – the highest country in South America. Tourists are attracted here by beautiful panoramic views of the Andes mountains, the famous lake Titicaca, where you can take boat trips as well as local customs and traditions.

Popular types of tourism: ecological, sightseeing.

That is worth a visit:

Sucre – capital of Bolivia, in 1991 included in the UNESCO list of world heritage.

La Paz is the administrative and commercial center of the country.

The fortress of El Fuerte de Samaipata . included in the list of UNESCO sites.

Lake Titicaca is the highest lake in the world.

The current territory of Bolivia was conquered by the Spanish conquistadors in the mid 16th century, becoming part of the Viceroyalty of Peru until the late 18th century. In 1710 the area was transferred to Viceroyalty of Rio de La Plata, and in 1825 was declared an independent country called Bolivia. In 2010 the state without access to the waterways has agreed with Peru about renting a small coastal land for 99 years.

USEFUL INFORMATION FOR TOURISTS

Electricity: 110-220 Volts.

Currency: boliviano.

Customs: prohibits the importation of unpreserved food things without permission, of cultural or historical value, of drugs.

Security . in the country, low crime rate, but visitors should exercise appropriate security measures.

Buy: carpets and clothes made of llama wool and Alpaca, Souvenirs, jewelry and ceramics.

NATIONAL CUISINE

Main dishes: fish from the lake. Titicaca, a dish of corn and meat, alpacas and llamas, soups lakas the different ways the cooked potatoes.

Drink: mate tea.

HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS

January 1 – New Year.

February – Carnival.

March-April – Easter holidays.

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