Everything you need to know about Bolivia: news, reviews, in-depth analysis, opinion and more
Latin American Country of the Incas
Bolivia is known for its ample natural reserves particularly natural gas. Though this country isn’t economy rich but it hugely profits from its eco-tourism. There are a number of lovely places to travel to in Boliva. Almost 60% of Bolivian population comprises Indians who basically belong to Quechua and Aymara ethnicities.
Bolivia with its capital of La Paz has a long colonial history. The Spaniards in order to control the trade and religion in this place colonized one of its cities Tiahuanaco, which now has only traces of ruins. It is now a major site for archaeologists who come here to study and unravel the remains of ancient history. Also a majority of Bolivians still remain etched to their Incan roots.
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Culture and Cuisine of Bolivia:
The remnants of Spanish culture are vivid amongst Bolivian art, literature, music and even their dressing customs. Bolivians celebrate religious festivals in the form of pagan rites. The devil dances at the carnival of Oruro forms a major folklore event along with other dances such as Caporales, the popular one, Morenada, Kullawada, Diablada and others. Besides this, the Spanish influence can be seen in the colonial paintings of Perez de Holguin, Flores, Bitti and other stonework’s and carvings.
According to the Bolivian dressing customs, the native women wear pollera, a different type of skirt, which was introduced by the Spaniards during colonial time and till date is still worn symbolizing their status. Bowler hat, is another adapted fashion from the British which when worn can state a woman’s marital status and aspirations.
The Bolivian cuisine is adapted to its climatic condition of high and cold climate. In every recipe Bolivians use peppers, aji, and food served picante, with hot spices. The main ingredients of Bolivia cuisine rely on carbohydrates and protein from potatoes and meats, plus trout, trucha, from Lake Titicaca. In the lowlands, freshwater fish, vegetables, fruits are more popular. Meat and eggs from endangered species are often on the menu in lowland restaurants.
Tourist Attractions of Bolivia:
Bolivia is a multi ethnic country located at the center of the South America and wonders of nature scatter all around the country. This is multi faceted country and have geographically diverse that provide unique landscapes and wide array of flora and fauna. The Lake Titicaca that is shared with Peru and at 12,500 ft is the highest navigable lake in the world. Titicaca in Bolivia is also the largest South American Lake by volume of water. Bolivia has soaring and lofty mountains that glorify the magnificent beauty of nature. It also has some parts of the huge Amazonian rainforests as well. There are numerous lakes in the country.
Santa Cruz (Bolivia), May 25 (IANS) Bolivia's government, which asserted greater state control over the Andean nation's natural gas sector seven years ago, says it will issue a decree to encourage investment in exploration.
London, May 19 (IANS) Police in Brazil have identified a gang specialising in trafficking Bangladeshi nationals into the country, a media report said.
Havana, May 16 (IANS) After a four-year absence, Cuba will send a team to participate in America group III of Davis Cup tennis to be held June 17-22 in La Paz, Bolivia, the National Tennis Commission (NTC) announced here.
Rio de Janeiro, May 15 (IANS) Former FIFA World Player of the Year winners Ronaldinho and Kaka have been left out of Brazil's squad for next month's Confederations Cup.
New York, May 14 (ANI): A brewer from Bolivia has created a beer that is based on the same leaf, which is used to make cocaine.
Rio de Janeiro, May 10 (IANS) Brazilian football giants Flamengo have signed defender Roger Carvalho on a one-year loan deal from Italian Serie A club Bologna.
Quito, May 6 (IANS/EFE) Countries that share the Amazon basin resolved in the Ecuadorian city of Coca to create an observation center charged with promoting studies and coordinating actions to protect the rain forest, considered the lung of the planet.
Rio de Janeiro, May 4 (IANS/EFE) Brazilian state-controlled energy giant Petrobras, whose production mostly comes from deep-water fields, will step up its search for onshore natural gas reserves in the coming years, CEO Maria das Graças Foster said Friday.
Washington, May 3 (ANI): Not only as a common food, but figs are familiar to a wide cross-section of human society for their spiritual importance.
La Paz, May 3 (IANS/EFE) Bolivia has earned more than $16 billion from the energy industry since President Evo Morales nationalized the sector in 2006, officials said.
Rio de Janeiro, May 1 (IANS) Bolivia international striker Marcelo Moreno has agreed to join Flamengo on a season-long loan deal from Brazilian top-flight rivals Gremio.
La Paz, April 30 (IANS/EFE) Bolivia's Constitutional Court ruled Monday that President Evo Morales can seek a third term in the December 2014 elections.
La Paz, April 30 (IANS/EFE) Bolivia's gas sales to Brazil and Argentina surged 29.5 percent to $1.49 billion in the January-March 2013 period, compared to the same quarter last year, state-owned oil company YPFB said.
Sao Paulo, April 18 (IANS) Rogerio Ceni and Ademilson struck second-half goals as three-time champions Sao Paulo defeated Atletico Mineiro 2-0 to advance to the Copa Libertadores knockout phase.
La Paz, April 17 (IANS) Bolivian President Evo Morales, along with the directors of the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), organisers of the Dakar Rally, presented details of the 2014 off-road race that will traverse southwest Bolivia Jan 12-13.
Rio de Janeiro, April 17 (IANS) Two-time FIFA World Player of the Year Ronaldinho has been named in Brazil's squad for next week's friendly against Chile.
Rio de Janeiro, April 15 (IANS) Two Brazilian football fans were shot dead as violence rocked an official test event for a 2014 World Cup stadium.
Rio de Janeiro, April 14 (IANS) South America's football governing body Conmebol has absolved Corinthians of responsibility for the death of a 14-year-old fan killed by a firework during a Copa Libertadores match in February.
La Paz (Bolivia), April 11 (IANS) Bolivian President Evo Morales has issued a decree declaring the upcoming 2014 Dakar Rally, whose competitors will race through parts of the country, a "national priority".
La Paz, April 10 (IANS/EFE) Bolivia's gas shipments to Brazil and Argentina rose 21 percent in March on a year-on-year basis, state-owned oil company YPFB said.
Santa Cruz (Bolivia), April 7 (IANS) Santos striker Neymar and former AC Milan midfielder Ronaldinho starred in Brazil's 4-0 demolition of Bolivia in a football friendly international here.
Sydney, Apr. 5 (ANI): Iceland has been named the most welcoming holiday destination in the world, a new study has found
Rio de Janeiro, April 3 (IANS) Ronaldinho says his recall to Brazil's national team has given him renewed motivation to be a part of the country's 2014 World Cup squad.
Rio de Janeiro, April 3 (IANS) Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari called up an 18-man squad formed only by players from Brazilian clubs to play a friendly at Bolivia Saturday.
Paris, April 3 (IANS) FC Barcelona have paid a heavy price for the 2-2 draw in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie away to Paris Saint Germain after star player Lionel Messi had to be substituted at the halftime break and defender Javier Mascherano too being stretchered off late in the game.
Rio de Janeiro, April 2 (IANS) Injury-ravaged midfielder Paulo Henrique Ganso has said he was driven by a desire to earn an international recall for Brazil's 2014 World Cup campaign on home soil.
Barcelona, March 29 (IANS) Lionel Messi could add another record to his already staggering list of achievements if he scores for Barcelona on their visit to play relegation staring Celta Vigo Saturday evening.
Madrid, March 29 (IANS) Real Madrid fans are asking about whether Iker Casillas will return to the Real Madrid side for their game in Zaragoza Saturday night.
Rio de Janeiro, March 29 (IANS) Corinthians midfielder Paulinho says he is hopeful of regaining his place in Brazil's national football team for its friendly against Bolivia April 6.
La Paz (Bolivia), March 28 (IANS) Bolivian President Evo Morales and Amaury Sport Organization (ASO) will officially launch the 2014 Dakar Rally April 16 here to highlight the tourist potential the South American country offers, Bolivia's presidency minister Juan Ramon Quintana said.
La Paz, March 27 (IANS) Argentina missed the chance to all but secure their place at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Bolivia here.
London, March 26 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Fred's 90th minute equaliser earned Brazil a 1-1 friendly draw against Russia at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge.
La Paz, March 26 (IANS) Lionel Messi said Argentina will be wary of the threat posed by the altitude of La Paz when they meet Bolivia here in Tuesday's football World Cup qualifier for 2014 Brazil.
Rio de Janeiro, March 24 (IANS) Former AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato is set to be recalled by national football coach Luiz Felipe Scolari for Brazil's friendly against Bolivia next month.
Buenos Aires, March 23 (IANS) Lionel Messi set up two goals and scored another as Argentina defeated Venezuela 3-0 to extend their lead at the top of the South American World Cup qualifying standings.
Bogota (Colombia), March 23 (IANS) Colombia defeated Bolivia 5-0 in front of 42,000 fans gathered in the Metropolitano stadium here, during the South American qualifying tournament for the 2014 World Football Cup.
Buenos Aires, March 22 (IANS) Argentinean football star Lionel Messi says fans of his country's national team are more enthusiastic than ever before, snapping up all the tickets to the team's Friday match against Venezuela in the capital Buenos Aires.
Paris, March 21 (IANS) The 2014 Dakar Rally will begin Jan 5 in Rosario, the Argentinean city where football star Lionel Messi was born, and will end Jan 18 in Valparaiso, Chile, organisers announced here.
Santiago (Chile), March 21 (IANS) Chile will continue to form part of the Dakar Rally route next January, marking the second time the country serves as a backdrop for the legendary off-road endurance race, Deputy Sports Minister Gabriel Ruiz Tagle has said.
Rio de Janeiro, March 21 (IANS) Former Wigan Athletic striker Marcelo Moreno has revealed his intention to quit Brazilian club Gremio due to a rift with coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo.
Rio de Janeiro, March 14 (IANS) Brazil and Bolivia will play a friendly football match to honour a 14-year-old fan killed by a flare in a Copa Libertadores match last month.
Sydney, Mar. 14 (ANI): Pakistan has been named as one of the least-friendly nations for tourists, according to a World Economic Forum report.
Lima, March 13 (IANS) Trade between member countries of the Andean Community (CAN) saw a 12-percent annual growth in 2012, the sub-regional bloc said here in a statement.
Vienna, March 12 (IANS/EFE) Current international policy against drugs has failed, creating more violence and operating as an "instrument of geopolitical domination", Bolivian President Evo Morales said here Monday before the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs.
La Paz, March 11 (IANS/EFE) Bolivian state-owned energy company YPFB signed a contract with Sener Ingenieria y Sistemas SA and Ros Roca Indox Cryo Energy for the design and construction of a natural gas liquefaction plant.
Rio de Janeiro, March 8 (IANS) Ronaldinho struck once and and set up another as Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro defeated Bolivia's The Strongest 2-1 to stay top of Group 3 in the Copa Libertadores football tournament.
La Paz, March 8 (IANS/EFE) State-owned oil company YPFB and private firms operating in Bolivia plan to drill a record 14 wells this year as part of oil and gas exploration projects, officials said.
Tripura, Mar. 6 (ANI): Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury on Wednesday said the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was a profound loss and a major setback to the radicalisation movement in Latin America.
Caracas, March 6 (IANS) Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez lost his battle with cancer Tuesday at the age of 58. He died in a military hospital in Caracas, Vice President Nicolas Maduro announced on national radio and television.
Hyderabad, March 5 (IANS) The bilateral trade between India and Latin America is likely to double in five years from the current level of $30 billion, said a senior Indian official Tuesday.
Rio de Janeiro, Mar 2 (IANS) World football's governing body FIFA has suspended Peru international midfielder Joel Sanchez until 2015 for testing positive to a banned substance.
Santiago (Chile), Mar 1 (IANS) Chile's deputy sports minister Gabriel Ruiz-Tagle said he was confident his country will form part of the 2014 Dakar Rally circuit, dismissing rumours a possible route change could shut the country out.
Rio de Janeiro, Mar 1 (IANS) Brazil international striker Luis Fabiano struck a 79th-minute winner as Sao Paulo recovered from a goal down to defeat Bolivia's The Strongest 2-1 in their Copa Libertadores group stage clash.
Rio de Janeiro, Feb 27 (IANS) Brazilian side Corinthians failed in its bid to overturn a decision forcing the club to play its Copa Libertadores group matches behind closed doors.
La Paz, Feb 19 (IANS/EFE) The Bolivian government Monday nationalized the Spanish-owned firm that runs the Andean nation's three largest airports, accusing the company of not investing enough in improvements.
Washington, Feb 15 (ANI): 19 percent of the reptiles in the world are estimated to be threatened with extinction, a survey has revealed.
London, Feb 15 (IANS) Nineteen percent of the world's reptiles are close to extinction, according to a new study.
Rio de Janeiro, Feb 12 (IANS) Bolivia international striker Marcelo Moreno admits he could be tempted to leave current club Gremio by the prospect of playing alongside Brazil's budding star Neymar at Santos.
Havana, Feb 9 (IANS) Cuban tennis commissioner, Juan Antonio Pino, one of the best players in the island's history, hoped his country will make a successful return to Davis Cup as part of America 3 group.
Santo Domingo, Feb 7 (IANS/EFE) Spanish investment in Latin America "is secure" and is producing good results, a top official said here Wednesday.
Asuncion, Feb 4 (IANS/EFE) A Paraguayan exporter was arrested in a police operation that found 338 kg of cocaine hidden in a shipment of 1,400 cans of a tomato product being sent to Spain, officials said.
Jaipur, Feb 2 (IANS) Natural resources rich South American country Bolivia Saturday sought assistance from the Rajasthan government for technical know how in various sectors, including stones, gems and jewellery.
Washington, Jan 9 (IANS) US psychologists have disputed the long-held notion that a group of five personality traits or their variations are a universal feature of human psychology.
Sao Paulo, Dec 27 (IANS) Conmebol, the South American football federation, Thursday disclosed that Brazilian clubs Gremio and Sao Paulo will play their Copa Libertadores qualifying rounds Jan 23rd and 30th.
La Paz, Dec 14 (IANS/EFE) Bolivia's government has signed a memorandum of understanding with Chinese company Sinohydro Corporation Ltd., which pledged to review existing studies for a hydroelectric dam project in the northern Amazon region of Beni.
Moscow, Dec 2 (IANS/RIA Novosti) At least eight people were killed and 36 injured when a bus overturned in Bolivia, the EJU TV reported Sunday.
London, Nov 15 (ANI): Scientists have found that older children suffer higher blood pressure when they have a younger sibling, according to a report.
New Delhi, Nov 8 (IANS) Six foreign envoys, including Japan's Ambassador to India Takeshi Yagi, presented their credentials to President Pranab Mukherjee here Thursday.
New Delhi, Nov 8 (ANI): Envoys of six nations presented their credentials to President Pranab Mukherjee at a ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan today.
Mexico City, Nov. 1 (Xinhua-ANI): The governments of Venezuela and Bolivia on Wednesday pledged to send humanitarian aid to countries affected by superstorm Sandy.
Buenos Aires, Oct 19 (IANS) Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has said that Argentina and Barcelona FC striker Lionel Messi is "the best one in the world".
Rio de Janeiro, Oct 18 (IANS) Former Brazil international midfielders Ze Roberto and Elano scored as 10-man Gremio earned a 2-2 draw against Fluminense in Brazil's Serie A football championship.
La Paz (Bolivia), Oct 17 (IANS) Bolivia defeated Uruguay 4-1 at the Hernando Siles Stadium here in the South American qualification series for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Mendoza (Argentina), Oct 13 (IANS) Lionel Messi scored two second-half goals as Argentina beat Uruguay 3-0 to return to the top of the South American qualifying zone for the 2014 Football World Cup.
Santiago, Oct 3 (IANS/EFE) The economy of Latin America and the Caribbean will grow 3.2 percent this year, less than the 3.7 percent projected in June, a UN panel said in a report released here Tuesday.
Santiago, Oct 3 (IANS/EFE) The Chilean government revoked the concession awarded to Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile to exploit substantial reserves of lithium in the Andean nation's northern region, acknowledging problems with the tender process.
Washington, Oct. 2 (ANI): American Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, along with fellow gold medalist Conor Dwyer, has filmed a public service announcement (PSA) urging support for greater access to clean water in developing countries, including India.
La Paz, Sep 26 (IANS) Spanish soccer powerhouse Real Madrid has opened soccer schools in Bolivia, with former star player Emilio Butragueno on hand for the event in the capital here.
Santiago, Sep 25 (IANS/EFE) Chilean company Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile (SQM), one of the world's leading lithium producers, won a concession to exploit substantial reserves of the metal in the Andean nation's northern region, officials said Monday.
Santiago, Sep 15 (IANS/EFE) Chile's government said Friday that three companies have submitted bids to develop lithium reserves in the country's northern region.
Islamabad, Sept. 2 (ANI): Pakistan is acting more effectively against the Americans than against the Taliban, an editorial in a Pakistani daily has said.
La Paz, Aug 29 (IANS/EFE) Bolivian police have confiscated two tonnes of uranium that was being stored at a building in central La Paz located near the US and Spanish embassies.
Quito (Ecuador), Aug 20 (IANS) The Union of South American Nations (Unasur) has voiced its support to Ecuador in granting asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and strongly condemned Britain for "threatening" to storm the country's embassy in London.
La Paz, Aug 16 (IANS/EFE) Two Brazilians arrested in Bolivia on suspicion of murder were pulled from a jail cell and burned to death by a mob, Bolivian media said.
La Paz, Aug 3 (IANS/EFE) Bolivia's government issued a decree Thursday formally revoking a mining concession held by the private firm Compania Minera Malku Khota and rejected claims for compensation by Canadian parent South American Silver Corp., saying no contract was signed with the Vancouver-based company.
La Paz, July 30 (IANS/EFE) Bolivia signed a memorandum of understanding with Hydrochina Corporation that calls for the Chinese state-owned firm to conduct a free feasibility study for the construction of a hydroelectric power plant in the eastern province of Santa Cruz, the Andean nation's richest region, said authorities.
New Delhi, July 22 (ANI): Indian steel maker Jindal Steel and Power Ltd. has accused the Bolivian Government of harassing and arresting two of its female managers and confiscating its equipment after it ended a 2.1 billion-dollar-contract with the South American country.
London, July 12(ANI): An international team of scientists has found that Native American populations - from Canada to the southern tip of Chile - arose from at least three migrations, with the majority descended entirely from a single group of First American migrants that crossed over through Beringia, a land bridge between Asia and America that existed during the ice ages, more than 15,000 years ago.
Havana, July 12 (IANS) Cuba will see about 11,000 would-be doctors from 60 countries and regions graduate from its colleges this month, the official Granma daily reported.
Washington, June 26 (IANS) The US has not determined the ouster of Paraguay's President Fernando Lugo by impeachment as a coup in the South American nation but is closely following the events there, the US State Department has said.
London, June 19 (ANI): Google has reported an 'alarming' surge in the number of requests made by governments across the world to remove political blog posts and videos from its search results, and hand over information about users.
Washington, June 15 (ANI): India's Jindal Steel and Power Ltd. (532286.BY) has taken the first steps toward shutting down its iron-ore mine in Bolivia, even as it held 11th-hour talks with the Bolivian government to rescue a joint venture aimed at developing a local steel industry.
Mexico, June 8 (IANS/RIA Novosti) At least 16 teenagers were killed and 32 injured after their bus plunged 120 meters into a ravine in the northwest of Bolivia, Nuevo Herald daily reported Friday.
Buenos Aires, June 4 (IANS/EFE) Puerto Rican urban band Calle 13 has been honoured by Argentina's National University of La Plata for its contributions to popular communication and culture, the institution said.
La Paz, June 4 (IANS) Under a programme aptly titled "Bolivia reads", the South American country will open 12,000 new libraries to encourage and nurture reading habits among "freshly literate" people, the Prensa Latina news agency reported.
Washington, June 1 (ANI): A group of musicians from various countries has claimed a new record for the highest musical performance atop a Himalayan peak in Nepal.
Islamabad, May 26 (ANI): A Pakistani intelligence agent who interrogated Osama Bin Laden's three wives said they were fiercely loyal to their husband and gave little away when they were questioned after the Al-Qaeda chief was killed in a U.S. raid over a year ago.
Washington, May 22 (ANI): Researchers have found that hunter-gatherers and forager-horticulturalists who live off the land and grow what they need to survive have lower age-related increases in blood pressure and less risks of atherosclerosis.
Sao Paulo, May 7 (IANS/EFE) A 10-year-old Argentine girl was found by Brazilian police seven years after she was kidnapped by her father, authorities said.
La Paz, May 2 (IANS/EFE) Bolivian President Evo Morales announced Tuesday the nationalization of an electricity distributor owned by Spanish utility REE.