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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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BoliviaRITZ ALL SUITES HOTEL 

PLAZA ISABEL LA CATOLICA 2478
La Paz
Bolivia

Price (US$): $117 - $199 / night

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WE WORK FOR OUR GUESTS SATISFACTION, THAT IS WHY WE ARE WORKING ON TO IMPROVE OUR EXCELLENCE IN SERVICES. OUR 71 SUITES ARE LOCATED AT PLAZA ISABEL LA CATOLICA, THE RITZ APART HOTEL HAS A PRIVILEDGED LOCATION IN THE CITY, IN THE HEART OF THE TRADITIONAL RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD OF SOPOCACHI. DUE TO THE SECURITY AND THE NEARNESS TO THE COMMERCIAL AND BUSINESS CENTER OF LA PAZ, MOST OF THE EMBASSIES, DIPLOMATIC REPRESENTATIONS AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS ARE LOCATED AT THIS ESTRATEGICAL… more »

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 »

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 »

BoliviaRadisson Plaza Hotel La Paz 

Avenida Arce No 2177 Po Box 8689
La Paz
Bolivia

Price (US$): $90 - $127 / night

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Location. Radisson Plaza Hotel La Paz is a business friendly hotel located in La Paz, close to Plaza Monolito Bennett, Hernando Siles Stadium, and Cathedral. Additional points of interest include Plaza Murillo and San Francisco Church. Hotel Features. Radisson Plaza Hotel La Paz's restaurant serves lunch and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts each morning (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include an… more »

BoliviaCamino Real Hotel 

Av Salvador Y 4 Anillo
Santa Cruz 2130
Bolivia

Price (US$): $189 - $190 / night

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Location. Located in Santa Cruz, Camino Real Hotel is in the suburbs and close to Santa Cruz Zoo, Municipal Library, and Museo Etnofolklorico. Nearby points of interest also include Plaza 24 de Septiembre and San Lorenzo Cathedral. Hotel Features. Camino Real Hotel's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A swim up bar is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. A complimentary full breakfast is served each morning. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a… 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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