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Bolivia

Background

Bolivia

Bolivia, named after independence fighter Simon BOLIVAR, broke away from Spanish rule in 1825; much of its subsequent history has consisted of a series of nearly 200 coups and countercoups. Democratic civilian rule was established in 1982, but leaders have faced difficult problems of deep-seated poverty, social unrest, and illegal drug production. In December 2005, Bolivians elected Movement Toward Socialism leader Evo MORALES president - by the widest margin of any leader since the restoration of civilian rule in 1982 - after he ran on a promise to change the country's traditional political class and empower the nation's poor, indigenous majority. However, since taking office, his controversial strategies have exacerbated racial and economic tensions between the Amerindian populations of the Andean west and the non-indigenous communities of the eastern lowlands. In December 2009, President MORALES easily won reelection, and his party took control of the legislative branch of the government, which will allow him to continue his process of change.

About

Bolivia is a beautiful, geographically diverse, multiethnic, and democratic country in the heart of South America. It is surrounded by Brazil to the northeast, Peru to the northwest, Chile to the southwest, Argentina and Paraguay to the south. It shares with Peru control of Lake Titicaca (Lago Titicaca), the world's highest navigable lake (elevation 3,805 m).

Sometimes referred to as the Tibet of the Americas, Bolivia is one of the most "remote" countries in the western hemisphere; except for the navigable Paraguay River stretching to the distant Atlantic, Bolivia and Paraguay are the only two landlocked nations in the Americas. It is also the most indigenous country in the Americas, with 60% of its population being of pure Native American ancestry.

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BoliviaYotau All Suites Hotel 

Av. San Martin No. 7
Santa Cruz 3377
Bolivia

Price (US$): $139 - $173 / night

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Location. Located in Santa Cruz, Yotau All Suites Hotel is near the airport and close to Municipal Library, Museo Etnofolklorico, and Plaza 24 de Septiembre. Nearby points of interest also include Santa Cruz Zoo and San Lorenzo Cathedral. Hotel Features. Yotau All Suites Hotel's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves a complimentary buffet breakfast each morning in the breakfast area. Recreational amenities include 2 outdoor… more »

BoliviaSuites Camino Real 

Av Ballivian 369 Esquina Calle
La Paz
Bolivia

Price (US$): $149 - $150 / night

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Location. Suites Camino Real is a business friendly La Paz hotel in the suburbs and close to Valle de la Luna, La Paz Zoo, and Muela del Diablo. Other area points of interest include Plaza Murillo and Hernando Siles Stadium. Hotel Features. Suites Camino Real's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves a complimentary buffet breakfast. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a health club… more »

BoliviaCasa Grande Suites 

Av. Ballivián, esq. Calle 17 Nº 1000
Calacoto
La Paz 1132
Bolivia

Price (US$): $155 - $205 / night

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Location. Located in La Paz, Casa Grande Suites is in the suburbs and close to Valle de la Luna, Muela del Diablo, and La Paz Zoo. Additional area points of interest include Hernando Siles Stadium and Plaza Murillo. Hotel Features. Casa Grande Suites's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available. The hotel serves a complimentary hot and cold buffet breakfast in the restaurant. Recreational amenities include a health club and a… more »

BoliviaCesars Plaza Hotel 

Calle 25 de Mayo #210
Cochabamba BO
Bolivia

Price (US$): $80 - $106 / night

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Location. Located in central Cochabamba, Cesars Plaza Hotel is near the airport and close to Cochabamba Cathedral, Plaza 14 de Septiembre, and Plaza Colon. Nearby points of interest also include Universidad Mayor de San Simon and La Cancha. Hotel Features. Dining options at Cesars Plaza Hotel include 2 restaurants. Room service is available. The hotel serves a complimentary buffet breakfast. Recreational amenities include a health club, a sauna, and a steam room. Spa amenities include beauty… more »

BoliviaBuganvillas Hotel Suites & Spa 

Av. Roca y Coronado No. 901
Santa Cruz 2218
Bolivia

Price (US$): $146 - $249 / night

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Location. Buganvillas Hotel Suites & Spa is located in central Santa Cruz, close to Plaza 24 de Septiembre, San Lorenzo Cathedral, and Ramon Tahuichi Aguilera Stadium. Nearby points of interest also include Municipal Library and Museo Etnofolklorico. Hotel Features. Dining options at Buganvillas Hotel Suites & Spa include 2 restaurants. A poolside bar is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves a complimentary buffet breakfast each morning in the breakfast… more »

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Bolivia

Full name
Republic of Bolivia
Capital
La Paz
Location

Central South America, southwest of Brazil

Geographic coordinates

17 00 S, 65 00 W

Area comparative

slightly less than three times the size of Montana

Border countries

Argentina 832 km, Brazil 3,423 km, Chile 860 km, Paraguay 750 km, Peru 1,075 km

Coastline

0 km (landlocked)

Climate

varies with altitude; humid and tropical to cold and semiarid

Terrain

rugged Andes Mountains with a highland plateau (Altiplano), hills, lowland plains of the Amazon Basin

Lowest point

Rio Paraguay 90 m

Highest point

Nevado Sajama 6,542 m

Natural resources

tin, natural gas, petroleum, zinc, tungsten, antimony, silver, iron, lead, gold, timber, hydropower

Population

9,947,418 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Quechua 30%, mestizo (mixed white and Amerindian ancestry) 30%, Aymara 25%, white 15%

Religions

Roman Catholic 95%, Protestant (Evangelical Methodist) 5%

Languages

Spanish 60.7% (official), Quechua 21.2% (official), Aymara 14.6% (official), foreign languages 2.4%, other 1.2% (2001 census)

Government type

republic; note - the new constitution defines Bolivia as a "Social Unitarian State"

Independence

6 August 1825 (from Spain)

National holiday

Independence Day, 6 August (1825)

Chief of state

President Juan Evo MORALES Ayma (since 22 January 2006); Vice President Alvaro GARCIA Linera (since 22 January 2006); note - the president is both chief of state and head of government

Head of government

President Juan Evo MORALES Ayma (since 22 January 2006); Vice President Alvaro GARCIA Linera (since 22 January 2006)

Internet country code

.bo

Internet users

1.103 million (2009)

Airports

881 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Puerto Aguirre (inland port on the Paraguay/Parana waterway at the Bolivia/Brazil border); Bolivia has free port privileges in maritime ports in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Paraguay

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