Bolivia Facts | Amazing Facts about Bolivia: Bolivia is a country in central South America, with a mixed terrain spanning Andes Mountains, the Atacama Desert and Amazon Basin rainforest. At more than 3,500m, its administrative capital, La Paz, sits on the Andes’ Altiplano plateau with snow-capped Mt. Illimani in the background. For more Bolivia Facts click here. Here are few interesting Bolivia Facts:
- Bolivia has 37 official languages.
- The average women in Indonesia, Bolivia, and Guatemala is short enough to be considered a Dwarf (4’10 or under).
- There is a prison in Bolivia where prisoners rent their cells, can live with their families, charge travellers for tours and at one point produced almost all the cocaine in Bolivia.
- Landlocked Bolivia maintains a standing navy, in preparation for the day it reconquers coastline lost to Chile in the 19th Century.
- More than 60% of Bolivia’s citizens are predominantly Quechua, indigenous, and Aymara.
- There’s a limestone cliff with over 5,000 dinosaur footprints in Bolivia, with many dating back 68 million years.
- At 10,582sq km in size and around 100km across, Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia is the world’s largest salt flat – is approximately the size of Jamaica.
- The main exporter of Brazil nuts is not Brazil. It’s Bolivia.
- “Tinku” is a festival celebrated in Bolivia where people beat each other for 2 or 3 days straight.
- There’s a hotel in the country Bolivia made entirely of salt, complete with salt beds and chairs.
- Bolivia has had as many coups and revolutions in its history (above 190) as years it has been independent.
- La Paz, Bolivia, was the 1st South American city to get an electricity supply. Llama dung powered it.
- One of Bolivia’s ancient silver mines has claimed the lives of an evaluated 8 million people in the past 500 years. It is known as “Mountain that eats men” and is still mined with the pick and shovel today.
Unknown Facts about Bolivia:
- Demand for quinoa in the Western nations has pushed up prices so much that poor people in Peru and Bolivia, where the quinoa is from, can no longer afford their staple crop.
- The second-largest lake in the country Bolivia is called Lake Poopo. It’s not a freshwater lake.
- Most houses in Bolivia have a dried llama fetus thrown under its foundations for luck.
- Bolivia was not one landlocked country. The region on the Pacific Ocean was lost to Chile in the War of the Pacific in the mid 19th century.
- While most of the rainforest (Amazon Rainforest) is in Brazil (60%), it’s also in Colombia (10%), Peru (13%), Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia and three countries.
- Bolivia was named after Mr Simon Bolivar, a military leader who led Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, Panama and Bolivia to independence.
These are the various facts about Bolivia.