Bolivia facts

Bolivia has 37 official languages.

The second-largest lake in Bolivia is called Lake Poopo. It’s not a freshwater lake.

La Paz, Bolivia, was the first South American city to get an electricity supply. It was powered by llama dung.

There is a prison in Bolivia where inmates rent their own cells, can live with their families, charge tourists for tours and at one point produced almost all the cocaine in Bolivia.

The main exporter of Brazil nuts is not Brazil. It’s Bolivia.

Demand for quinoa in Western nations has pushed up prices so much that poorer people in Peru and Bolivia , where quinoa is from, can no longer afford their staple crop.

The average women in Bolivia, Indonesia, and Guatemala is short enough to be considered a Dwarf (4’10 or under).

There’s a hotel in Bolivia made almost entirely of salt, complete with salt beds and chairs.

Most homes in Bolivia have a dried llama fetus thrown under its foundations for luck.

There’s a limestone cliff with over 5,000 dinosaur footprints in Bolivia, with many dating back 68 million years.

One of Bolivia’s oldest silver mines has claimed the lives of an estimated 8 million people in the past 500 years. It is known as the “Mountain that eats men” and is still mined with pick and shovel today.

Bolivia was named after Simon Bolivar, a military leader who led Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Panama and Bolivia to independence.

More than 60% of Bolivia’s citizens are indigenous, predominantly Quechua and Aymara.

“Tinku” is a festival in Bolivia where people beat each other for 2 or 3 days straight.

Bolivia was not a landlocked country. Its territory on the Pacific Ocean was lost to Chile after the War of the Pacific in the mid 19th century.

Landlocked Bolivia maintains a standing navy, in preparation   for the day it reconquers coastline lost to Chile in the 19th Century.

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