Located in the heart of South America, Bolivia is a country of extremes largely still a hidden gem to the average traveller. Nowadays Bolivia is gradually open up to a more general crowd of adventure seekers and showcasing its many amazing destinations. Bolivia has always been a little bit the small brother of the South American countries, often being intimidated by its larger neighboring brothers such as Paraguay, Chile and Brazil. This large history of intimidation and violence with its neighboring countries resulted in that today Bolivia no longer has access to the ocean which they lost to Chile and overall lost about 25% of its original territory to its “larger brothers”. The main source for these struggles with its neighboring countries is the high quantity of minerals and other resources that can be found in the rich soils of Bolivia.
The Spanish were the first to understand this after having almost entirely scooped out the Potosi Mountain providing the whole of Spain with silver of the best quality in quantities never seen before. Nowadays the country, even though having suffered a violent history, is a very peaceful destination with one of the most original destinations on the continent. Edged on the verge of the Andean Highland Plateau and the deep Amazon Rainforest the country offers a very extreme geography that translates itself in strong local traditions and cultures. The country also boosts the highest number of indigenous population in South America making that the country has a specific energy that can only be found in Bolivia. The highest cities in the world, the largest Salt Flats on the planet, the largest wetlands on the continent, the highest navigable lake in the world and the world most dangerous road…the extremes don’t stop when describing Bolivia. Or to say in the words of a Bolivian friend; Bolivia is the country where the possible becomes impossible and the impossible perfectly possible…Get ready for adventure!
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