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Map) was founded by a group of Spanish colonizers who settled in
the Kjocha-Pampa valley in the late 1500's. After some decline in the late
1700's it gained back its position as the nation's granary. Currently,
Cochabamba is a progressive and economically active city of 490,000.
Cochabamba is in a fertile
valley at 8000 feet altitude and is surrounded by the Tunari hill, the
Alalay lagoon and the San Sebastian hill. Its weather is mild and pleasant.
It is considered the best in the whole country, with warm-sunny days and
cool nights. the average temperature in winter is about 61F, in summer
Tourist points of interest.
El Cristo de la Concordia
is an immense statute of Christ. It is actually higher than the Christ
statue in Rio de Janeiro. A great overviews of the city is offered from
the top of the monument. Palacio Portales provides proof of the great wealth
of tin baron Simón I. Patiño. Currently is is an art museum
and cultural center.
The Cathedral: Located in
the Plaza 14 de Septiembre, this cathedral was built in 1571. It houses
original frescos and paintings.
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in a valley high in the Andies. It has a median temperature of about 35-65
degrees year round. It is either very dry and dusty and windy, or very
wet and muddy and windy. The summer months (November and December) see
highs in the 60's. Still the nights are very cold and heaters are not used
(and sometimes not available) at night.
La Paz is the capital of
and is located at the unlikely altitude of 12,500 feet, its airport is
appropriately called El Alto meaning "the high" at over 14,000 feet.La
Paz is below the airport. The road corkscrews into an immense bowl like
canyon. It's a big city of but dwarfed by its setting at the foot of Nevado
The traveler will see the
tremendous differences in the people and buildings that are a result of
's economy, the poorest in South America. From adobe huts to glass skyscrapers,
it is a contrast that leaves a profound impression on the traveler.
Actually founded in 1548
as the "city of peace" its history was punctuated by various revolutions
and wars and in the 1809 gained independence from Spain.
La Plaza de los Españoles,
that today is the Plaza Murillo, is the location for government buildings
and the main cathedral.
Today La Paz is a vibrant
city, growing and expanding in all directions. with a population of more
than a 1,500,000million.
Within La Paz there are
different climates according to each zone's altitude. The average temperature
in winter is 59F and 72F in summer. In the summer, rain falls on most afternoons.
In the winter, days are slightly cooler, but the sky is mostly clear and
Taxis are plentiful and
not expensive although some are of dubious ancestry. The city of La Paz
is best "walked" to appreciate the changes that have occurred in the establishment
of the city. There have been, historically, three 'city centers' and the
influence of each, helps you appreciate what we see today. Again a guide
makes these areas come alive. A word of caution. The extreme altitude dictates
flatlanders take it easy especially for the first few days. You may want
to take along some medication to help you cope.
Presidential Palace: Also
known as the Palacio Quemado (Burnt Palace) due to repeating fire episodes
the building endured in the past.
The Cathedral: Built in
1835, the cathedral is an impressive building worth seeing. It is located
in the Plaza Murillo next to the Presidential Palace.
Mercado de Brujas (Witches'
Market): Merchandise sold here includes herbs, remedies as well as other
ingredients used in Aymara traditions.
Tiahuanaco: This ruins,
built over 1,000 years ago by the Tiahuancu people, are one of the most
exciting places to visit.
Now La Paz is a relatively
safe city but like all big cities the traveler should be prudent in the
areas visited and display of jewelry or cash.
The electric currency is,
as in most of South America, 220 volts most better hotels have converters
you can borrow or rent.
The currency is the no which
exchanges for the USD at about 7 to one although as in the rest of the
world, bank money machines are pretty easy to find.
Spanish is of course the
main language and except for the more upscale commercial areas and hotels
English is not often found.
was founded on November 1st, 1606. During the 17th century, Oruro became
the largest city in the Alto Peru region. After becoming a ghost town in
the early 19th centruy it has grown to almost 200,000 inhabitants.
Oruro lies north of the
salty lakes Uru-Uru and Poopó (no kidding poo poo) and it is just
three hours (by bus) south from La Paz. It is at an altitude of 12,000
feet above sea level, Oruro its well known for its cold weather. Warmer
temperatures generally take place during August, September and October,
after the worst of the winter chills and before the summer rains. From
May to early July, night time temperatures combined with cool wind can
bring the temperature down to about -40 C.
Annual celebration consisting of brightly custom-dressed dancers performing
a wide variety of dances depicting archangels, devils, Incas, Spanish conquistadors
etc. The festivities begin the first Saturday before Ash Wednesday. Also
know as the Diablada.
The Museo Mineralógico:
(Mining Museum) Exhibits of precious stones, minerals, and fossils.
was founded by the discovery of ore in silver-rich Cerro Rico (rich hill)
in 1544. Large-scale mining began immediately and the first of the silver
was sent to Spain. In 1672, a mint was established to coin silver and water
reservoirs were built to fulfill the growing population's needs. Then more
than eighty six churches were built and the city's population increased
to nearly 200,000, making it one of the largest and wealthiest city in
Latin America and in the world. In 1987 (in Paris, France), the UNESCO
declared the city of Potosí a "World Heritage Site" in recognition
for its rich history and its wealth of colonial architecture. Its current
population is close to 125,000.
Potosí is at an altitude
of 13,300 feet making it the highest city in the world. The city is well-known
for its cool weather and sometimes freezing rain. Because of the altitude
travelers are cautioned to take it easy at least for a few days.
Note that currently there
is no airservice to Potosi.
Cerro Rico: Mine tours
La Casa de la Moneda:
The first mint in Potosí, was built during the second half of the
18th century to control minting activities right where the silver was extracted.
The Museo de la Casa de la Moneda has exhibits on silver and gold coining
as well as colonial paintings.
CRUZ de la Sierra, (See
map), was founded in 1560. Presently it boasts the second largest
population in Bolivia with almost 1,000,000, it is located 50 km east of
the Cordillera Oriental foothills.
Its recent growth is due
to the connection through roads and highways with other major centers and
the completion of the railway line to Brazil in the mid-1950s which opened
trade routes to the east. Tropical agriculture (sugar, rice, cotton, and
soybean plantations) prospered and the city entered a period of expansion
and economic growth that continues to the present day. The city is connected
by railways with Brazil and Argentina, and by road with Cochabamba, the
Chaco, and Trinidad.
Santa Cruz has an altitude
of 1,500 feet above sea level. Santa Cruz has a sunny and semi-tropical
weather, with an average temperature of 70F in winter and as high as 90F
in summer months. During winter, rainfall occurs in short downpours, but
on summer a single deluge can last for days. Santa Cruz also experiences
heavy and chilly winds called surazos that blow in from the Argentine pampas.
Piraí Rive are ideal for weekend picnics, Its Municipal Zoo is one
of the best zoos in South America, features birds, reptiles, mammals, from
the region as well as endangered and exotic species. Plaza 24 de
Septiembre is ideal for relaxing and watching sloths hanging in the tall
trees. Its cathedral dates back to the early 1600's. The cathedral museum
displays religious art work, gold and silver artifact from the Jesuit missions.
Parque Nacional Noel Kempff Mercado: Really worth seeing, this spectacular
natural park, about 440 Km northeast of Santa Cruz, has an incredible scenery
of waterfalls, rivers, rainforests and a wide variety of flora and fauna
(alligators, pink dolphins, caimans, river otters, tapirs, spider monkeys,
map)(currently 170,000 inhabitants) was originally founded as the
city of La Plata in 1538. Its foundation was a result of mining activities
overseen by Gonzalo Pizarro, of Peru fame. During the 17th century, La
Plata was the legal, religious, and cultural center of the area. It was
here that the first cry of Independence in the Americas was heard in 1809.
In 1825 independence was declared and the Republic of Bolivia ewas created
named after the liberator Simón Bolivar. The name of the city was
changed from La Plata to Sucre in honor of Mariscal Antonio José
de Sucre, who fought along with Bolivar. UNESCO declared the Historic City
of Sucre a "World Heritage Site" in recognition for its rich history and
its wealth of colonial architecture.
The city of Sucre is located
an an altitude of 9,000 feet above sea level. The weather is mild and pleasant
Casa de la Libertad:
House located on the main plaza, where the declaration of
independence of Bolivia
was signed on august 6th, 1825. Portraits of presidents, military
decorations, and documents
are displayed. Museo de la Recoleta: Established by the Franciscan Order
in the early 16th century, this placed served as a convent, barracks, prison,
and museum. Museo del Arte Moderno: Displays works of modern Bolivian
painting and sculptures. Museo Antropológico: Displays skulls, pottery,
mummies, and textiles from the eastern tribes of Bolivia. Dinosaur
Marks : Located 10 Km, north of the city of Sucre there are dinosaur footprints
and prehistoric plant and animal fossils. We bet you did not know South
America had Dinosaurs!
was founded on July 4th, 1574 as Villa de San Bernardo de Tarija.Tarija
chose to become part of Bolivia which won its independence and formally
established as a Republic in 1825. Currently the city of Tarija had a population
of 130,000 inhabitants.
Tarija is at an altitude
of 6,000 meters above sea level. Its weather is mild and pleasant although
sometimes winter nights may get slightly cooler. Tarija is well-known for
its Mediterranean-like climate and vineyards.
Tomatasis a natural
bathing resort located 5 Km. from the city of Tarija. Its beaches are bathed
by waters from the Guadalquivir and Erquis rivers. There is also an small
forest for camping.
Rincón de la
Victoria: Paradisiacal vegetation spot located at 18 Km from the city.
Being one of the main tourist attractions, it offers a close encounter
with nature and its wonderful scenic views. Ideal for weekend trips.
San Lorenzo: Located
at 16 Km from the city of Tarija, this town displays Spanish colonial styles,
wood-carved balconies, stone-layered streets. In this town is the house
of Eustaquio "Moto" Méndez, hero of Bolivia's fight for independence
from the Spanish rule. The house is currently a museum.
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cradle of Inca civilization, is the second largest lake of South America
(after Maracaibo). It is reputed to be the highest navigable lake in the
world (about 12,500 ft. above sea level), extending from southeastern to
western Bolivia. The lake is 122 miles long with an average width of 35
mi. The lake has waves, testament to its size and not surprisingly the
waters are cold and deep, over 1,200 feet. At that altitude and fed from
snow-clad Andes the lake does not invite swimming. It is the remnant of
an ancient inland sea and the blue waters make a beautiful contrast to
the parched altiplano. Lake Titicaca is the world's highest lake navigable
to large vessels.
The Totora reeds
that grow on the banks of Lake Titicaca have been used for building ships
by inhabitants of this region for centuries. After failing in attempts
to cross the South Pacific, Thor Hyerdahl came to Lake Titicaca to hire
the expert reed boat builders native to this area. After cutting the reeds,
they're dried in the sun for about two weeks, then intricately woven to
build their boats.
Copacabana Bolivia is the
site of the Festival of the Virgin of Copacabana, it is located on the
shores of Titicaca lake and attracts hundreds of pilgrims each year for
the Virgin's festivities.Normally is is a sleepy fishing village but during
this festival(August) it comes alive with the sounds and colors that will
give the traveler memories to last a lifetime.
(La Santísima Trinidad, the Most Holy Trinity) was founded in 1686
by Padre Cipriano Barace on the Mamoré river In 1769, disease and
floods caused the city to be relocated on the shores of Arroyo de San Juan.
Trinidad is the capital city of the department of Beni. Trinidad has about
78,000 people.Trinidad has a tropical and humid climate, as you would expect
for a city near the equator that is close to sea level it is hot all year-round
( from 75F to 85F). The heaviest rains are in the summer.
How to Get There From any
main city in Bolivia via: LAB, AEROSUR, and TAM.
Santuario Chuchini there
are prehistoric earthworks thought to be constructed by the Paititi indians
over 5,000 years ago. Laguna Suárez isa large artificial lake located
about 2 miles from Trinidad. At Puerto Barador, along the shores of the
Mamoré river, pink river dolphins are a delight to tourists.
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