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Bolivia is a landlocked country in central South America. It is bordered by Brazil to the north and east, Paraguay and Argentina to the south, Chile to the south west, and Peru to the west. Prior to European colonization, the Andean region of Bolivia was a part of the Inca Empire – the largest state in pre-Columbian America.
The Spanish Empire conquered the region in the 16th century. During most of the Spanish colonial period, this territory was called Upper Peru and was under the administration of the Viceroyalty of Peru, which included most of Spain's South American colonies.
After declaring independence in 1809, 16 years of war followed before the establishment of the Republic, named for Simón Bolívar, on 6 August 1825.
Bolivia has struggled through periods of political instability, dictatorships and economic woes. It is a Democratic Republic that is divided into nine departments. Its geography is varied from the peaks of the Andes in the West, to the Eastern Lowlands, situated within the Amazon Basin.
It is a developing country, with a medium HDI (Human Development Index) score, and a poverty level around 60%.
Its main economic activities include agriculture, forestry, fishing, mining, and manufacturing goods such as textiles, clothing, refined metals, and refined petroleum. Bolivia is very wealthy in minerals, especially tin.
Aymara Traditional Dress Blankets Ponce Stela
Lamb or Llama? Lake Titicaca Mountains of the Moon
Inca Staircase Our Lady of Copacabana International Women's Day
Aymara Mask Wedding Guests Mercado de las Brujas (Witches' Market):
Traditional Costume Four Brides Street Market
Reed-Boat (Mock-up) Altiplano Snowstorm Illimani - Guardian of La Paz
Terraces - Isla del Sol Brushes for Sale Carrying the Madonna
Titicaca Fisherman Watching the Action
Gabriella and her husky friend Altiplano Morning 2 Ferry Crossing - Tiquina Straits
Altiplano Morning Lake Titicaca, 13,000 feet above sea-level Tomatoes for Sale
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Piper from the Mountains of the Moon Wedding Spectators Winter Fashion
Altiplano Village Street Wedding Incense Burner
Apples and Oranges Market Bound Seeking a Divination
Wedding Procession Lake Titicaca Banana Times
Winter Sunshine La Paz Cityscape Storm Brewing
Altiplano Village ¡Qué lindo! Che Guevara
Snacks? Living on the Edge Vegetable Market
Walkies Altiplano Milk Collection Village Life
Wedding Guest Tiwanaku Excavation Crew Street Stall
Roadworks Crew Shopkeeper - Witches Market