Bolivia, officially known as the Plurinational State of Bolivia lying in the heart of South America, sharing borders with the biggest country in South America Brazil (to the north and east), Paraguay (southeast), Argentina (south), Chile (southwest) and Peru (northwest). This Country is timeless and so rich in diversity ,nature, culture and history. The famous Salar de Uyuni is in Bolivia. If you plan to visit south america don´t miss out on Bolivia, maybe our Bolivia Facts will convince you.
Interesting Facts About Bolivia – History And General Bolivia Facts
La Paz is the highest capital city in the World with 3630 meters (11,910 ft). The official capital is Sucre but the working capital of government is La Paz. So that is also a Fun Fact, that Bolovia has 2 Capital Cities. The currency in Bolivia is the “boliviano”.
Bolivia got its name because of Simon Bolivar, he was a leader during the Spanish American Wars of Independence. It was chosen in the year 1825, in 2009 it was changed to Plurinational State of Bolivia.
More than 30 official languages are being spoken and 36 native cultures exist here. The main language spoken is like in almost all south american countries Spanish, many people speak even Quechua and Aymara.
Almost 10 million people live in bolivia, from these ten million are 78% roman catholic, that is the main religion in whole south america. It´s the 28th largest country in the World by area. (source)
Bolivia is located within one of the wettest zones of the World. Yearly 8 meters rainfall, wettest season is summer season which is from November to March
Bolivia is the No.1 country on the whole planet for certified tropical forests. It is one of the top 5 exporters of certified tropical wood in the world.
And it does not stop here with bolivia facts and its natural wonders, it is among of Earth’s top 12 countries with the largest amount of organic agricultural surface on Earth. Would you think about it if you thought about Bolivia?
This is such an important country for our planet, because it is a large exporter of many valuable goods like Zinc, Petroleum Gas and precious Metal Ore. (source)
Once Bolivia was part of the famous Inca Empire. The Andean region belonged to the Incan Empire while the other regions to other tribes. It used to be the largest Pre-Colombian Empire, the official language was Queachua, a lot of people in Bolivia still speak this language. It was the land of the Aymaras before the Incas arrived to conquer them in the year 1430.
Interesting Facts About Bolivia For Travellers – Things To Do In Bolivia And See
There are almost 1 million people that travel to Bolivia every year, many of them because of salt desert, the Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt deposit concentration worldwide. The Salar de Uyuni contains over 64 million tons of salt.
Under that salt there is the largest deposit of Lithium on this planet.
The “Valley of the Moon” is the landscape of eroded rocks and pinnacles with a kinda lunar like appearance. Tourists can make beautiful photographs and enjoy a pleasant walk to view the different formations. Many different species of cactus can also be seen.
“The Road of Death”, is also known to be the most dangerous road in the world and it is in Bolivia.
Only around 30% of all roads in Bolivia are paved (mostly in the city). This makes it a hard but cool to travel country and an interesting fact to know.
Titicaca is the largest South American lake and is also the highest commercially navigable body of water in on the planet based on its location at an altitude of 12,507 ft (4 kilometers). Bolivia Shares this lake with Peru.
Fun Facts About Bolivia
Do you like Butterflys? Yes, than Bolivia is the perfect country for you as it has the world’s largest butterfly sanctuary. It is in Santa Cruz.
Bolivia is home to the one of a few world’s known “bolivianita mine” also known as amitrine. Bolivianita or ametrine is a precious gem that has partially yellow and partially purple zone. This happens due to differing oxidation of the iron in the cristal. (source)
One of the fun facts about Bolivia is that like in Peru and Ecuador, guinea pigs are not only cute animals, they are a local delicacy (oink oink)
A lot of people live at over 10,000 feet (3 kilometers) in the air in the Andes Mountains, you have to know that this is as high as some planes fly and Clouds go through their living rooms.
Bolivia belongs to the top 3 exporters of organic Brazil nuts in the world and is among the top 10 exporters of organic cacao and coffee in the world.
Bolivia is home to the two highest cities in the world. Potosí being the highest and La Paz is the second highest. Potosi was once the most populated city in the world (in the 1570´s).
Do you know “The Fighting Cholitas” these women are lucha libre Wrestlers, yes you read right those are female wrestlers.